Well it's almost the beginning of December and the duck from Thanksgiving is all but a memory. So time to dive in a smorgasbord of music being put out for your holiday pleasure.
Before the saga of Michael Hutchence pinching Bob “The LiveAid Saint” Geldoff’s wife and buggering off to Australia, Inxs were known for their music. Now reduced to the end of a bizarre sex joke having died in a bit of autoerotism on the back of a door, Hutchence was once seen as the quintessential thrusting rock front-man. A successor to Jagger if he ever bothered to retire. The gig on this DVD was recorded a mere five months before Hutchence accidentally topped himself.
This is 105 minutes of Inxs in full flow and doing what they did best. This is a greatest hit set of course with all their big 80s hits including “Elegantly Wasted”, “New Sensation” and “Need You Tonight”. And ironically considering what Paula Yates did not longer after his death, they end with the track “Suicide Blonde”. This is very much a DVD for those who liked the band in their 80s heyday when it was hard to escape them on MTV. They were very good at pumping out the pop hits.
Inxs still peddle their wares with new singer J D Fortune, but they will always be remembered for their music. If you are a fan treat yourself and remember what the band were far more than the ponce at the front.
Velvet Revolver: Live in Houston
Another band with one seriously messed up frontman made up of former members of a band with another seriously mental lead singer. This live DVD shows Velvet Revolver at their peak following their hit debut album “Contraband”. It was on this tour they proved to the world they were just not a studio-concocted super-group. They had the live goods in droves. And there was the fun of seeing whether or not Scott Weiland would implode.
Interspaced between the live tracks, covering both the first album and tracks from their collected pasts, are some odd interludes with a black-capped woman. Between both of those we get to hear some rather good interviews with members of the band on how they came together. What is most interesting is the snippets of their process of finding a singer for the band. Weiland for his part makes it clear that the band saved his life and helped him “get clean”. Considering all of them were recovering addicts of some sort or other, he was in good company.