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I loved the world before MTV, before they started to co-opt the underground! In the early 80’s, weirdos found their kindred spirits on late night TV. In Los Angeles, we had New Wave Theater hosted by the late Peter Ivers. He championed the sonic freak circus while other media outlets wanted to have us committed. New Wave Theater was the show that we could watch to see the Circle Jerks, 45 Grave, Angry Samoans, Snake Finger, Fear, Castration Squad, Legal Weapon and UXA. Keep in mind, this was before the first real music video had been made, so these performances were our music videos. I didn’t realize when I was younger, but this show also served as a visual time capsule for future generations to experience. Honestly, we didn’t like every band that was on the show, but we knew we were watching something special. Peter Ivers’ passion for what he was doing was evident. I know when I watch Gun Club blazing through “Fire Spirit,” I get chills. If any older heads read this post, make sure to let us know if you watched this show…Today CVLT Nation salutes New Wave Theater and Peter Ivers for giving a fuck when no one else would! Now check out every episode of New Wave Theater!



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  1. Veronica

    February 9, 2016 at 6:59 am

    This show changed my life. I was a seventeen-year-old musician, been playing since age 14, when I stumbled across this on late-nite television as my stepfather was flipping channels. In amongst the infomercials (remember them?) and the bad Kung Fu movies, I saw Fear doing “New York’s All Right.” I was already a punk fan. I’d been into the Sex Pistols since I was 13, Ramones at 14. But I’d never seen hardcore before, and it completely changed the way I was writing music. Before long I was making my own albums of hardcore punk weirdness. And the oddball bands like Monitor, Heroic Struggles, and Earth Dies Screaming, showed me that I could put chords together in really strange and wonderful ways. I started collected synthesizers. I don’t think I’d be the same person I am today without New Wave Theatre. RIP Peter Ivers.

  2. Jason Levine

    May 31, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    says i have to sign in to watch this?

  3. Tanky Darling

    May 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm


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