DVD, Produced and Directed by George Seminara, and pieced together by Tommy
Ramone, this really is an essential purchase for anyone whoever loved The
Ramones. It's been painstakingly put together, and the best thing I can
say is that once both discs have been viewed, you just want to go back to
the start and watch it all over again, it's that good!
Various clips have surfaced over the years, but to see the quality on here is staggering. From a UK perspective there are the great clips I remember watching at the time from the Whistle Test and Top of The Pops, and much more. The personal highlight for me is the footage of the band live at The Rainbow, New Years Eve 1977. I remember buying the 'Its Alive' live album in 1979 from Fives in Leigh, and it absolutely blew me away. Pure adrenaline fuelled, blitzkrieg Rock and Roll. 'You're Gonna Kill that Girl', 'Commando' , Incendiary!
The extras are a nice touch too, with rare videos from the band, and again I find myself really liking some of the Photo Gallery extras, especially by Jenny Lens on Disc 1. The shots really bring out the humanity of the band and it's a very moving section. I think watching this reminds me of what we all know - The Ramones were a very unique and truly great band, influential beyond words and inspiring to us all. Buy this disc and remind yourself why you love them so much.
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A great DVD and one
that I can't recommend highly enough. Bob Gruen was there from the beginning
pretty much and managed to capture some staggering footage of the Dolls,
both in Video and Picture format. I personally loved the 'Extras' section
on this disc, especially Bob's Dolls photo gallery, where he explains
the story around all the iconic shots he took of the band. I've seen most
of these shots hundreds of times, so it was really good to be able
to finally hear of the story surrounding them.
the first Punk Albums, indeed, one of the first albums I ever bought,
was the Phonogram 'New Wave' compilation album in 1977. It contained tracks
by The Ramones, Patti Smith, New York Dolls, The Damned, Runaways, Flaming
Groovies etc and was one of those records that changed forever the way I
heard music. It really was amazing. One of the bands on there that blew
me away were The Dead Boys - pure killer, blitzkreig Rock 'n' Roll as it
should be played. They contributed 'Sonic Reducer' and 'All This and More'
(the greatest Rock 'n Roll love song ever, as my friend Kim
Montenegro puts it!) and these songs were so incendiary it was
Given the fact I was very young, and that the band had just returned to the US, I never did see them live (although I was lucky enough to see Stiv live a dozen or so times in the '80s with the Lords), this DVD helps rectify that. It documents a great Dead Boys show at CBGB's, and they do killer versions of 'Sonic Reducer', 'All This and More', 'Not Anymore', 'Revenge', 'Flame Thrower Love', 'I Need Lunch', 'Ain't Nothin' to Do', 'What Love Is', 'High Tension Wire' and 'Search and Destroy'. Also of note are the great interviews with the band from back in the day, and a great contemporary interview with Cheetah Chrome done only a couple of years ago. Again, like the Dolls Disc, a truly essential purchase!
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