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Urgh! A Music War (1981)

R | | Documentary, Music | May 1982 (USA)
Punk, New Wave, Reggae and Techno bands from Europe and the US recorded live in several locations in 1980. The biggest names on the bill are the Police and UB 40 but every performance is a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wall of Voodoo Wall of Voodoo ... Themselves
Stan Ridgway ... Himself - Wall of Voodoo
Marc Moreland Marc Moreland ... Himself - Wall of Voodoo
Chas T. Gray Chas T. Gray ... Himself - Wall of Voodoo
Bruce Moreland Bruce Moreland ... Himself - Wall of Voodoo
Joe Nanini Joe Nanini ... Himself - Wall of Voodoo
Toyah Willcox ... Herself (as Toyah Wilcox)
Joel Bogen Joel Bogen ... Himself - with Toyah Wilcox
Pete Bush Pete Bush ... Himself - with Toyah Wilcox
Charlie Francis Charlie Francis ... Himself - with Toyah Wilcox
Steve Bray Steve Bray ... Himself - with Toyah Wilcox
John Cooper Clarke John Cooper Clarke ... Himself
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ... Themselves (as Orchestral Manoeuvres)
Paul Humphreys Paul Humphreys ... Himself - Orchestral Manoeuvres
Andy McCluskey Andy McCluskey ... Himself - Orchestral Manoeuvres


Punk, New Wave, Reggae and Techno bands from Europe and the US recorded live in several locations in 1980. The biggest names on the bill are the Police and UB 40 but every performance is a jewel, a time capsule of the influenced and the influential in rock music right up to today. Written by Raymond Clay <banquosa@concentric.net>

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May 1982 (USA) See more »

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Rock... mousikos polemos See more »

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Lorimar Productions See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Sadly I am Only 14 and could not have seen this film.
16 August 2005 | by xiang_shiSee all my reviews

I recently saw Urgh! A Music war and now I cannot watch it enough. I really only like a very few number of the bands. But what I do like, I like a lot.

My favorite of all is the all mighty Gary Numan. He is the best in every way (Music wise!). But do not misunderstand me I also really Like, Wall Of Voodoo, Chelsea, Oingo Boingo, Echo and The Bunnymen , XTC, (The Late) Klaus Nomi, Athletico Spizz 80, The Dead Kennedys, Members, Cramps, Pere Ubu, And Devo. The others I just go past.

I sadly as born in 1991 and only saw it because of me mum. For that I am so very happy. But I fear she has to take it back tomorrow. It is all I can do to stop myself from taking it and putting it where no one would ever look for a movie. I do not for me mum says she will re-rent it for me. That makes me so very happy.

About Klaus's song it is not called "Total Eclipse". The name is really "Aria From Samson & Delilah". He would later die of AIDS, on August 6th, 1983. Two year after this (The Movie) came out.

Now I can only hope for my own copy of this great Film.

, Pete Alphonse Lucien Laflamme

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