On Friday, December 31, 1982, Night Flight aired a five-hour New Year’s Special which featured music videos, video profiles, exclusive interviews, and so much more. we thought we’d take a look back at all four hours without commercials of this vintage New Year’s special — which also features a special episode of then-ongoing L.A.-based live concert series “New Wave Theatre”.
Part 1: Features a profile of Bow Wow Wow; a special look at then-recent New German Cinema; a profile of historian and photographer Michael Ochs and his incredible archives; a performance by stand-up comedian J.J. Wall; a quick peek at 1950s TV’s “Space Patrol”; plus performances by the Doors, the Tom Tom Club and George Thorogood & the Destroyers; quick snippets from J-Men Forever; an interview with Steven Spielberg with scenes from E.T., and more!
Part 2: Features performances by stand-up comedians Kelley Rodgers, Ron Darian and Andrea Stone; an exclusive Night Flight interview with Bob and Doug McKenzie (Rick Moranis & Dave Thomas); music videos by DEVO (“Peekaboo,” “Beautiful World”), including an excerpt from Night Flight’s interview with the band; live concert footage and music videos by Neil Young (a few songs from his concert film Rust Never Sleeps), Nat “King” Cole and his trio, Dire Straits (the rarely-seen extended video for “Private Investigations”), Bob Marley and the Wailers, and more!
Part 3: Features performances by stand-up comedians The Funny Boys, Kelley Rodgers, Mike Eagan and Mike Reynolds; excerpts from Night Flight’s interviews with Ozzy Osbourne and Wendy O. Williams (plus the video for the Plasmatics”s “The Damned”); musical performances by Duke Ellington (“Caravan”), R.E.O. Speedwagon, Jimi Hendrix (“Wild Thing”) and an excerpt from Rod Stewart and Faces “Final Concert” in 1974 at London’s Kilburn State Theatre (he was joined by Keith Richards on guitar), and more!
Part 4: Features performances by stand-up comedians Stephen Friedland, Larry Amoros, Ron Darian, the Funny Boys, and the incredible Lenny Bruce; plus, music videos by Gary Numan, the Pointer Sisters, Cab Calloway, Sarah Vaughan, Laurie Anderson, (her extended version of “O Superman”), Adrian Belew, and the Residents (“Moisture”).
Part 5: Features Night Flight’s world premiere of Grace Jone’s video for “One Man Show,” a long-form music video collection released in 1982 (includes “My Jamaican Guy”); more Jimi Hendrix; Night Flight’s “first discovery of 1983, the Spies” (!!); plus a special episode of “New Wave Theatre’ featuring bits and pieces of performances by Hollywood Trash, the Plugz, Rayonics, Western Heroes, Fear, the Film, the Angry Samoans, the Unknowns, Top Jimmy and the Rhythm Pigs, and 45 Grave.
We’re then treated to a special montage of show openings by Peter Ivers, host of “New Wave Theatre,” some of which feels just as appropriate today as it must have seemed back on December 31, 1982:
Towards the end of our five-hour special, Night Flight also gave away a brand new 1983 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am to a lucky contestant named Monica Guerrieri of Hubbard, Ohio, whose postcard naming their favorite Night Flight” episode was chosen among the thousands they received.