Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Northwest Rock Music Videos

I did a previous blog entry about Bombshelter Videos, a great Seattle underground punk and rock video show in the '90s hosted by Frank Harlan (AKA Bill Bored).

Harlan also co-hosted another video show aimed at just covering Northwest music right at the height of the whole grunge thing, when the Seattle music scene was exploding. It was a perfect time for "Northwest Rock Music Videos," which ran directly after Bombshelter on KTZZ (Channel 22) for it's last few months and then continued on it's own for a few years. The actual dates Northwest Rock ran were from May 1992 to September 1994, and Harlan's co-host was Barbara Dollarhide, who also worked at Seattle label C/Z Records for many years. The show took off, mainly because it was at the right place at the right time. They'd mix in videos of hit bands of the day like Soundgarden, The Posies, Sir-Mix-A-Lot, Coffin Break, The Walkabouts, Skin Yard, TAD and The Accused, with older and more obscure Northwest band videos. Harlan has a partial episode/playlist up here. One of the cool things the would do is have a different local band host it each time, doing the introduction and some of the commentary from locations shot around Seattle. Mudhoney hosted the very first episode from the observation deck of the Space Needle, it doesn't get more Seattle than that.

Chris Sievanen, a long time contributor both in writing and photography for 10 Things back in the day, did an article on the show back when is was debuting in 1992 for the UW Daily's "Glass Onion" section. She was kind enough to give me permission to reprint it. Click on the article parts for the full-sized readable files:

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