The Best of 2018: Have another look at the year’s most popular Original Night Flight episodes

By on December 30, 2018

Happy New Year from Night Flight! Over these last few days of 2018, we’ll be posting a compilation of our most-viewed new arrivals from the past twelve months in order to give you a chance to catch up on some of the most popular titles we’ve got streaming over on Night Flight Plus.

If you’re one of the new subscribers who have recently joined the rest of us at Night Flight Plus, you might be wondering what have been some of the most popular titles we’ve got for you to check out on our streaming channel.

Below we’ll be presenting you with a look at the most popular titles in three major categories — this blog will focus on the Best of 2018: Night Flight Originals, “Take Offs” and Profiles — and we’ll be posting highlights below from some of the Night Flight blog posts during the past year, along with links to those titles on Night Flight Plus.


This year, Night Flight continued to deliver on its promise of archiving and uploading the treasures of the vault, from our post this past November about the 1987 motorcycle rodeo at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (“Born To Be Wild: Night Flight featured highlights from the very first Easyriders Motorcycle Rodeo“) to classic segments like “Dating Do’s & Don’ts” and everything in between.

Take Off to Controversial Videos

This original episode of “Night Flight” (which aired on February 5, 1988) featured a special curated collection of controversial videos, including those by Laibach (“Life is Life“), Billy Idol, Mötley Crüe, Jim & Tammy Bakker (“The Ballad of Jim and Tammy”), Dead Kennedys, Sheena Easton, and George Michael, to name a few.


Take Off to Gothic Rock

Here on the blog we told you a little about the Mission UK, but this episode — which we hope all you post-punk ghouls will enjoy — fittingly kicked off with Bauhaus‘ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” before going on to feature music videos from Peter Murphy, Love & Rockets, the Damned, the Sisters of Mercy, and Fields of the Nephilim, among others.


Aretha Franklin Video Profile

We lost the great Aretha Franklin this past year (she died on August 16, 2018), and so we offered up a look at our 1987 video profile of the Queen of Soul, which featured several of her memorable ’80s-era music videos, including “Rock-A-Lott,” “Freeway Of Love,” “Another Night,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and her duet with George Michael, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me),” Franklin’s only other #1 Pop chart hit (the other was “Respect”), plus more.


John Carpenter Profile

In our profile of horror movie maestro John Carpenter — which originally aired on September 30, 1988 — we talked to the famed director about his influences, the role that music plays in his films, and much, much more.

This profile features clips from a number of his best-loved films of the late ’70s and 1980s, including Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Starman (1984), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), and They Live (1988), among others.


Mother’s Day Special

We’ve shared our “Mother’s Day Special” with NF Plus subscribers a few times (remember this one?), but this 1991 episode from our syndication era is so darn good you’re goin’ to wanna check it out again if you missed it the first two times we added it to Plus.

This special episode joins our “As Aired” section, which means the original-aired commercials are intact. (And, WOW!, are there a lot of late night call-in commercials!).

Anyone who watched Night Flight in the ’90s know that the syndication episodes took on an almost manic, break-neck editing speed.

In addition to our vintage interviews with the members of Havana 3 A.M. — ex-Clash bassist Paul Simonon, lead singer/guitarist Nigel Dixon and guitarist Gary Myrick — and snippets from several of this spaghetti western-influenced band’s music videos, look out for a myriad of strange 90s animation, oddball short films and video mashups, with the episodes top billing goes to the special feature: Mothers of Punk, looking at the music of Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde, X’s Exene Cervenka, and Nina Hagen, plus more!


New Bands of 1986

Night Flight’s “Take Off” to “the bands who made their mark in ’85 and are best bets for ’86” — which originally aired on February 28, 1986 — included our picks for some of the bands we thought were going to be big that coming year, including the Hooters, the Waterboys, Charlie Sexton, the Del Fuegos and several more.

Here on the blog we told you about Mr. Mister, one of the more mainstream offerings back then, who were already a chart-topping act by the end of 1985, having established they could produce radio-ready AOR/CHR tunes that slipped easily into the tepid waters of the mid-’80s-era pop mainstream (AOR = Adult Orientated Rock/CHR = Contemporary Hit Radio). This segment features candid interviews with the band’s two leaders, bassist/lead vocalist Richard Page and guitarist Steve George.


We here at Night Flight HQ would like to thank you for being here. We’d love to take all the credit ourselves for all of the things that make Night Flight special, but the truth is: it’s you.

We thank you for your continued support of Night Flight Plus, and will do our best to bring you even more exciting titles next year (it’s right around the corner!).

To quote Peter Ivers in Night Flight’s 1983 New Year’s Special: “People need to believe humanity has a future, and there can be no future without culture.” Well, Night Flight patrons, YOU are the future of culture. Happy 2019!


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