Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Figures of Light TV Smashing Concert Before Breaking Stuff on Stage Was Cool

Ask any punk rocker or alternative rock music fan about breaking stuff on stage, and they will probably tell you about the time they saw Kurt Cobain break an amp on MTV, or The Who playing amidst an explosion, and they may be cool moments in rock history, but that seems to pale in comparison to smashing television sets during a live show. Oh, some may want to raise their hands and tell me about the 80s, but you’ll be told to shut up and sit down. The lesson here is that Figures of Light already did it, and did it well. Not only that, they managed to stay in the game and create a collection of punk rock in the vein of the definition, unlike many others. With the release of “TV Smashing Concert Live at Rutgers” you get their live set which essentially invented the notion of smashing everything to pieces live.

The coolest thing about this record is simple, it’s raw. It’s more raw than even “Ramones: Live and Raw” and rivals a ton of live records. Not only is it a prime example of throwing a fist into the air, it’s pressed in limited edition red wax. Fans of collecting vinyl (including me) should definitely get this one, as it will definitely be a piece that you want to keep around for educational purposes. You know very well some idiot is going to talk about The Clash, The Sex Pistols and others, and won’t even know that Figures of Light punched the notion in to play loud, fast, and out of control in 1970. Here’s the proof!

The backdrop of this story is definitely one for the record books, as the guys in the band never even played instruments 30 days before the gig. They somehow managed to get together and bring out a noise filled performance that is nothing short of smashing. This is such a cool piece of punk history, you’ll definitely be thrilled with it. Figures of Light definitely blazed a trail here, and it’s for everyone to hear. You can pick up the record on limited edition colored vinyl here. Norton Records once again proves that high quality punk rock isn't only on 1 label out there. Man, I got blindsided on this release.

Figures of Light - First Concert - Live - July 23, 1970 - Part One from Figures of Light Archive on Vimeo.
Figures of Light was an American music band founded in 1970, which disbanded in 2015. This channel features some of their videos as a permanent archive. Check out our website at

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