'New Wave Day' from the US Festival, 1983 (video)

Some fabulous person recently uploaded a 90-minute video of the "New Wave Day" performances at the 1983 US Festival.

Acts included: The Divinyls, INXS, Wall of Voodoo, Oingo Boingo, The English Beat, A Flock of Seagulls, Stray Cats, Men at Work, and The Clash. It begins with a "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" style crowd scene, and the performances are pure nostalgic triggers for those of us old enough to have been tweens or teens when this went down.

As Joey De Villa reminds us, the four-day, multi-genre festival was the brainchild of Apple's Steve Wozniak.

[Video Link, via joeydevilla.com]


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  1. Boy, those two hands spreading the Us logo has an unfortunate instant association these days...

    and can I claim cool status because I drove past this? Me: "Dad, what's going on over there?" Dad: "oh, just some bad loud music." Thanks Dad.

  2. "I just wanted to throw one bit party in the middle of nowhere"

    To review, Woz:

    1. Invented the Apple (the other Steve did marketing)
    2. Attempted to invent Burning Man,(getting it right would take another seven years)
    3. Was decade-and-a-half ahead of the goatse iconography ("those two hands spreading the Us logo ...")

    That man's ability to see into the future was just amazing.

  3. Although I don't recall that it was officially designated as "New Wave Day", the lineup on the first day of the 1982 US Festival was way cooler:

    Gang of Four
    The Ramones
    The English Beat
    Oingo Boingo
    The B-52's
    Talking Heads
    The Police

  4. Wall of Voodoo! Man, did I ever grow up on the wrong coast...
    And from the "coincidence --or something more?" files:

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