TONIGHT: Urgh! A Music War shown with Debt Begins At Twenty at the Silent Movie Theatre

double feature of some post-punk awesomeness at the Silent Movie Theatre tonight. Urgh! A Music War and Debt Begins At Twenty showing tonight at 8pm, featuring rare concert performance footage from a bunch of old school bands like Devo, Dead Kennedys, X, The Cramps, Oingo Boingo, Gang of Four, The Police, Wall of Voodoo, Klaus Nomi, Gary Numan, OMD, Pere Ubu, Magazine and more.

811Urgh! A Music War
shown with
Debt Begins At Twenty

Thursday, March 26th @ 8:00pm
SERIES: POST-PUNK JUNK
Co-presented by Don’t Knock The Rock, Part Time Punks, KXLU 88.9fm, L.A. Record and Pimpadelic Wonderland

The legendary concert film Urgh! A Music War is the cinematic equivalent of a tried-and-true mixtape: a non-stop whirlwind of great bands spanning the new wave/punk gamut.  In 1980, director Derek Burbidge filmed jam-packed bills in L.A., NYC, London and France, to capture in a Woodstock-ian presentation the bands on the cutting edge of rock and synthpop: Devo, Dead Kennedys, X, The Cramps, Oingo Boingo, Gang of Four, The Police, Wall of Voodoo, Klaus Nomi, Gary Numan, OMD, Pere Ubu, Magazine and more.  Rarely were these bands–some of whom lasted a very short time–afforded the full lavish film shoot treatment, so Urgh! is a rare close-up peek at some of the most furious bands of the era at the peak of their powers, as well as an intriguing time-capsule snapshot of the era’s rock fans, decked out in period gear and acting extra-wacky for the camera.  Also showing is Debt Begins At Twenty, a half-fiction, half-documentary look at the emerging Pittsburgh scene in 1980.

Urgh! A Music War  Dir. Derek Burbidge, 1982, 35mm, 122 min.
Debt Begins At Twenty  Dir. Stephanie Beroes, 1980, 16mm, 40 min.