While some people, including me, hold MTV's 120 Minutes in fond regard, a far more subversive and formative show to this writer (who grew up in West Virginia) was USA network's Night Flight which aired Friday and Saturday nights, midnight to 6 AM, from 1981 to 1988. In addition to showing music videos from a bunch of obscure bands and artists from around the world, Night Flight offered features on underground music genres and live concerts, as well as Cold War-era educational films and cult cinema. They devoted segments to Church of the Subgenius, and popular segment "New Wave Theater" basically documented LA's underground in real time. Night Flight was the most consistently weird and awesome thing on cable television in the '80s.

Night Flight's extensive collection of stuff is making a comeback via Night Flight Plus, a streaming channel that will offer original uncut air masters of Night Flight programming from the video vaults of the 1980s TV show, as well as an extensive library of entertainment from their partner, Music Video Distributors, including all sorts of concert films and other Night Flight-related offerings.

Night Flight Plus is currently available on Roku and Chromecast for $2.99 a month, or $29.99 for a year's subscription. They're promising Apple TV and Amazon Fire versions soon. Check out some of Night Flight via YouTube, below.

Now someone needs to do this with I.R.S. Records Presents The Cutting Edge.


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