29 Jul 2007
Record Peddlar Redux 
As regulars to the shop will recall, one of the many services to the community provided by the mighty Record Peddlar - the eighties Manchester vinyl collector shop responsible for a large proportion of the Factory Records back-office items available today - was that of alternative music videotek.

The shop amassed a formidable archive of material on the (relatively) new VHS format which was regularly shown during opening hours.

On researching for an - as yet unwritten - Scream City piece I spent some time on a certain website seeing if any of my own personal RP favourite vid selections were available.

As a summer holiday/rainy day treat, cerysmaticFactory presents the Record Peddlar Redux top twenty video show. Enjoy!

ACR - And Then Again (Celebration)

The Birthday Party - Junkyard (German TV)

Bowie & Bolan - Granada TV

Can - Paperhouse (German TV)

The Cramps - Garbageman (Video)

DAF - Der Mussolini (Live)

The Damned - Curtain Call (Live)

Duran Duran - The Chauffer (Video)

The Fall - Totally Wired (Live In America Therein)

Fun Boy 3 - Our Lips Are Sealed (The Tube?)

Japan - Swing (OGWT)

Joy Division - Transmission/She's Lost Control (Something Else)

Magazine - Motorcade (So It Goes)

PIL - Poptones (OGWT)

The Residents - The Act Of Being Polite (Video)

Section 25 - New Horizon (Video)

Siouxsie & The Banshees - Metal Postcard (OGWT)

Talking Heads - Crosseyed & Painless (Italian TV)

Stevie Wonder - Superstition (Sesame Street)

Frank Zappa - Montana (US TV)

Dedicated to Dave Booth

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