Saturday, April 7, 2018

Cure in WLIR Documentary

From Rolling Stone:

" 'Dare to Be Different': See New Doc on Radio Station That Broke U2, Cure in U.S.

"Mainstream American music wasn't breaking new bounds ... WLIR fueled something loud, smelly and different," Billy Idol says in clip

The new documentary about the influential Long Island radio station WLIR is coming to Showtime on March 30th. New Wave: Dare to Be Different focuses on how the station helped break some of the biggest British bands of the Eighties like U2, the Cure, the Smiths, New Order, Duran Duran and Depeche Mode in the United States.

Dare to Be Different features interviews with WLIR program director Denis McNamara, other members of the station crew and an array of artists including Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Depeche Mode and Erasure's Vince Clarke and the B-52's Fred Schneider. "

Lol Tolhurst is also interviewed.

Update (April 7th, 2018): First 5 minutes of New Wave: Dare To Be Different, the WLIR documentary, includes 'In Between Days' playing during a segment, clips of the IBD video, and a radio station ID from Robert. 25 minutes in, Lol tells the story about The Cure coming to America, looking to buy the Twinkies they saw advertised in Marvel comics.