The Beatlesque roots of Welch’s melodic leanings would also merge with the Kim Fowley-Rodney Bingenheimer strain of Britishized L.A. glam to blossom into the power pop movement that would briefly command the City of Angels at the turn of the Eighties. From 1980-81, shortly after the peak of his fame, Welch would host an L.A. tv-show, Hollywood Heartbeat, exposing the Bingenheimer-inflected shadow of the Los Angeles scene, while also featuring videos from The Police, Tom Petty and other larger names that reflected the ethos. It’s a real New Wave Snapshot, one that would briefly go Cinerama during the whatever-we-can-find ethos of early MTV, which would launch toward (and eventually eclipse) the moon in August of 1981. This program looks like a lot of young, white kids hopped up on weird innocence, but then Hollywood’s Heartbeat, has always masked a Hollywood Heartache, hasn’t it?
D. Strauss, host of the upcoming Network Awesome offerings The Network Awesome Show and An Evening with Prince Charles, is Senior Editor with EXBERLINER Magazine and has written freelance for just about everyone. Once. Thanks to a variety of questionable circumstances, he continues to reside in Berlin.