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If your formative years unfolded in the northwest during the late '80s and early '90s, you probably remember Bombshelter Videos . Airing on KSTW (and

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Bombshelter Video Returns to the Web

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If your formative years unfolded in the northwest during the late '80s and early '90s, you probably remember Bombshelter Videos. Airing on KSTW (and later KTZZ), Bombshelter was hosted and produced by wildly enthusiastic underground music fan Bob Harlan. It was essentially a low-budget version of Headbanger's Ball, but with a distinctly more punk rock bent. Harlan was the first to air videos by bands that went on to much bigger budgets, including Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails, and Soundgarden.

Harlan retired Bombshelter Videos in the fall of 1992 and continued to produce a regional themed series known as NorthWest Rock, which featured dozens of local bands--Mudhoney and Sir Mix-a-lot, among them--hosting weekly episodes from 1992 to 1994( I still have warped, old video tapes with random tapings of the show on them somewhere in my basement, I swear). When the WB Network took over KTZZ-TV in 1994, they canceled all agreements with independent producers, thus ending Harlan's late-night lovefests for artists on the margins of the mainstream.

The first episodes won't be available for viewing until April 15th, when he rolls out his updated website and celebrates his 50th birthday. However, Harlan is currently posting classic clips (including interviews and live footage) to his own Youtube channel, such as the rather amusing Coffin Break compilation which you'll find after the jump.

 
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