Saturday, September 24, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #541
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MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #541.172!
SIZZLING USA DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WEEK: Tad
– Busted Circuits And Ringing Ears (MVD Visual DVD) & Kurt Cobain – About A
Son (Shout! Factory DVD) :: Here to hassle your hearing are Seattle’s two favorite opposite ends of the Sub Pop
spectrum. If anyone ever asks you what grunge was all about, screen ’em these two cautionary tales. Playing heavy, smoking
heavy, drinking heavy and falling heaviest of all, the entire Tad offensive campaign is presented here in full unflinching
detail with equally candid liner notes by Tad Doyle himself. But at least Tad’s still alive, which is more than can
be said for the star of our next show. Narrated entirely by Kurt himself from taped interviews for more than two hours over
a series of surreal Cibachrome-soaked imagery, About A Son both looks and sounds like a spooky X-Files movie
with Agent Cobain searching for his own long-lost abducted self. What he finds is both haunted and haunting, so buy it now.
U.K. DOCUMENTARY OF THE WEEK: Klaus Voorman – Composing The Beatles Songbook: Lennon And McCartney
1957-1965 (MVD Visual/Pride DVD) :: Retrospective music videos are a dime a dozen these days, and almost all of them
rely on know-nothing wankers spewing half-baked opinions over a slew of still photographs you’ve seen a million times
before—but not this time. Revolver album cover designer and Plastic Ono Band member Voorman is just one of
many Fab Four friends and fans featured in this informative 80 minute exploration into who did what and why when it came to
writing Beatle songs. It’s all illustrated by a ream of rare licensed mint condition footage of the Fabs playing in
Europe and Japan, as well as film of the contemporaries who influenced them. The bad news is that they don’t include
footage of Lennon’s shameful spaz act from the unreleased Ed Sullivan dress rehearsal show in Miami. The good news is
that they found another appalling live example of him doing it, filmed somewhere else!