Sunday, March 18, 2012
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #307
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ICH BIN EIN JEFFREY MORGAN’S
MEDIA BLACKOUT #307!
Them murderous master race ratzis may have
been lousy at winning world wars and taking over the world, but what they lacked in dictatorial smarts they more than made
up for on the Krautrock ’n’ roll front lines—as evidenced by these three formerly Verboten videos.
SIZZLING VIDEO OF THE WEEK #1: Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson
– Live At Rockpalast – Gruganhalle, Essen, Germany – April 19 & 20, 1980 (MVD Video) :: First
up we have everybody’s favorite deuce on the loose, that joined at the fret titanic tag team of Hunteronson who separately
and together did more for the advancement and preservation of beefy, but never beefcake, kick like a mule rock ’n’
roll than anyone else on the planet—especially Riki Monsoon, who shredded strings for such theatrical mascara wearers
as Lou Reed; David Bowie; Mott The Hoople; and Bob Dylan.
This one shows
them on their Welcome To The Club world tour wherein they plow through a number of Mott classics from “All
The Way from Memphis” and “All The Young Dudes” to a number of solo Hunter classics from “Once Bitten
Twice Shy” and “Cleveland Rocks” to a book ended beginning and end featuring Ronson soloing on “FBI”
to begin the show and “Slaughter On Tenth Avenue” to end it—both of which, frankly, are worth the price
of admission alone.
SIZZLING VIDEO OF THE WEEK #2: Roy Buchanan
– Live At Rockpalast – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany, February 24, 1985 (MVD Video) :: They’re still
calling Roy Buchanan “the world’s best unknown guitarist” and I have to agree, even though I was buying
his records back in the ’70s. But if you’ve never heard of him, let alone heard him play, let alone seen
him play, then this performance, which was recorded a mere three years before his controversial death at the age of 48, is
essential viewing to put it mildly.
Buchanan is also the world’s
most visually unlikeliest guitarist you’ll ever see, what with his cocky beret and rummy whiskers and professorial
corduroy jacket. But once you’ve witnessed him effortlessly blaze through everything from Henry M’s “Peter
Gunn” to Booker T’s “Green Onions,” you’ll understand why Roy Buchanan will always remain the
guitarist’s guitarist. As always, the standout centerpiece of the show is his jaw dropping seven minute version of “The
Messiah Will Come Again,” which cleans everybody’s clock from James Marshall to James Patrick and literally
has to be seen to be believed—and even then you’ll doubt what your unbelieving eyes are beholding.
SIZZLING VIDEO OF THE WEEK #3: Public Image Limited –
Live At Rockpalast – Zeche Bochum, Germany, October 31, 1983 (MVD Video) :: Last, but certainly not least,
is this quaint little full-length exercise in musical restraint by that suave stylist Mr. John Lydon, who pulls out every
stop to show all and sundry why PiL are one of the minimalistically greatest—not to mention metronomically gratest—regressive
art rock combos to ever hit the boards. Then again, with a set list that impressively includes everything from “Public
Image” and “Flowers Of Romance” to “(This Is Not A) Love Song” and “Anarchy In The U.K.”
how can you go wrongo, boyo? Bonus points for including rehearsal footage of “Annalisa” and “Chant.”
Be seeing you!