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Dare to Be Different (2017)

TV-14 | | Documentary, Music | 2017 (USA)
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U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Clash, The Cure: Over half a billion records sold but you may never have heard of them if not for a small ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Nancy Abramson Nancy Abramson ... Herself - WLIR - DJ
M. King Adkins M. King Adkins ... Himself (as Dr. M. King Adkins)
Ron Alexenburg Ron Alexenburg ... Himself - Record Executive
Sam Ash Sam Ash ... Himself - Owner, Sam Ash Music
Tom Bailey ... Himself - Lead Singer, The Thompson Twins
Ivan Baker Ivan Baker ... Himself - Ivan Ivan - producer, manager, executive, DJ
Jeff Beck Jeff Beck ... Himself - WLIR - production director / DJ
Eric Bloom ... Himself - Lead Singer, Blue Oyster Cult
Delphine Blue Delphine Blue ... Herself - WLIR - DJ
Dj Byrd Dj Byrd ... Himself
Pete Byrne Pete Byrne ... Himself - Lead Singer, Naked Eyes (as Peter Byrne)
George Cheyne George Cheyne ... Himself - APB
Vince Clarke ... Himself - Producer, Depeche Mode / Yaz / Yazoo / Erasure - keyboards
Miles A. Copeland III Miles A. Copeland III ... Himself - The Police - manager, IRS Records - founder
Paul Cramer Paul Cramer ... Himself - WXXP, Pittsburgh - DJ


U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Clash, The Cure: Over half a billion records sold but you may never have heard of them if not for a small suburban radio station on Long Island, NY: WLIR. In August, 1982, a small group of radio visionaries knew they couldn't compete with the mega-stations in New York City. With one brave decision, they changed the sound of radio forever. Program Director Denis McNamara, the 'LIR crew and the biggest artists of the era tell the story of how they battled the FCC, the record labels, mega-radio and all the conventional rules to create a musical movement that brought the New Wave to America.

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2017 (USA) See more »

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Awesome Movie, Awesome Music
9 July 2018 | by johnshindlerSee all my reviews

For anyone over 40 this movie will bring them back to a time when new wave was hitting the US. It is the story of the radio station in NY that brought the music here first and played over 1500 new wave artists in its short time on the air. The movie tells the really interesting story of life at the radio station when all these acts were young and unknown - so many to go on to be mainstays on 80's radio. But at the time for me and so many it was a revelation to hear this music. Great interviews with the artists and producers. So much great music and live footage in the movie. You are transported back to 1982 and the movie brings back that fresh feeling of hearing things for the first time, along with great interviews that tell us what the artists were thinking. Instant classic!

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