Oasis: Supersonic

oasisGrowing up during the ’90s in NZ it felt as if I lived in Britain. The Royal family were basically the Kardashians of the era, everyone watched Coronation Street and the music was all Brit-Pop. This may be triggering to some but I hate the Beatles, and being a 9/10 year old girl when they hit big, Oasis were essentially my Beatles. I still hate the Beatles and yes I realise the guitar at the beginning of  Don’t Look Back in Anger clearly rips of that annoying Imagine song. I get it. I hear T-Rex and Bowie, but even if they are  a tad derivative they  definitely had their own sound.

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The Damned – Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead [Blu-ray + DVD]

damned-dvdDon’t You Wish That We Were Dead is a three year labour of love by film maker Wes Orshoski whose last subject was the legend that is Lemmy.

This time Orshoski tackles UK punk pioneers The Damned, first UK punk band to release a 45 (the classic New Rose), the first LP in Damned, Damned, Damned and the first Limey punks to tour the US of A. All this and yet they still don’t get the accolades they deserve, or at least that’s the way the band sees it. Nor the money which is a re-occurring theme through out the doco. This is a band who fell apart, got back together, feuded, argued, have now split into two camps and still complain about the bucks! It would almost be funny except for the fact we’ll probably never see the original band playing together again.

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Nirvana: Come As You Are

come-as-you-areNirvana – Come As You Are is a  rare live television concert from 1992.

I have to warn you that the release is not the greatest quality. Visually it is very pixelated to begin with and remains murky throughout from afar, but when the cameras are up close it’s a lot better. The audio isn’t super great, but it’s not terrible.

The DVD cover is a bit misleading as it features In Utero-era Cobain. To some this will be a cash-in item, but for Nirvana enthusiasts the chance to see any rare shows and own them will be worth the purchase price.  I couldn’t find out where the performance was, I am thinking maybe South America, comment below if you know.

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Gitane Demone: Life After Death

Gitane-DemoneGitane Demone: Life After Death is a 3 disc set that consists of live footage covering many periods of her musical career. Gitane Demone was a member of both Pompeii 99 and Christian Death and left Christian Death in the late 1980s to focus on her own career. Coming from a background of punk and death/goth rock, Demone created and experimented with new styles of music and expanded her interest in gothic / fetish clothing and incorporated the fetish elements into her musical performances.

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Blank Generation

A (post) punk romance from schlock director Ulli Lommel, this is one of his earliest efforts, perhaps his first or second, when he was still interested in art as opposed to exploitation. That said, it doesn’t make it any better or more coherent than his later efforts.

The movie is famous for two things: (1) it stars punk pioneer Richard Hell and features live footage of his band The Voidoids at what was arguably their peak – early 1978 and (2) Andy Warhol’s five minute cameo. And as an actor it must be said that Richard Hell makes a fine musician, a fact that even he agrees upon.

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