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Searching for new languages beyond the bitter and nihilist dialect of punk, bands like Gaz Nevada, Litfiba, CCCP,Diaframma, Neon, and many others, began spreading their message all along the Italian peninsula during the early eighties and many of the members of these bands are now some of the best musicians/producers in the Italian independent music panorama (Giovanni Lindo Ferretti, Piero Pelù/Litfiba, Bisca, etc.). This DVD documentary is a journey into the most creative and anti-conformist side of the 1980s, a voyage centered on music, but that encounters along the way theatre companies, artists, graphic artists and fashion designers, a multi-colored trend that, from the largest metropolises to the smallest provincial towns, contributed to that apparently vacuous and superficial decade. It is the tale of the Italian New Wave that we here at Spittle Records have tried to piece together through rare video clips, concert footage, photos, over 40 interviews of musicians, journalists and producers of the era, along with the Tracce Magnetiche CD compilation, curated by the well-known Italian music journalist, Federico Guglielmi. 16 tracks by 16 Italian underground bands from 1982-1984: bands who faded into oblivion before ever releasing anything of their own on vinyl. It should, however, be stated that if these sixteen bands had been found on an album, EP or single, they certainly would not have lowered the average quality of albums in that genre…not even in terms of sound quality, which has actually been improved upon here (considering that the original tapes had been lying around collecting dust for at least a quarter of a century) by careful restoration. Along with the DVD and CD, this package also contains a 20-page booklet with liner notes and an annotated track listing by Federico Guglielmi, plus photos and other memorabilia.
Cat. number: spittle 18