30 Odd Foot Of Grunts
These Aussies play radio-ready power rock with echoing spoken vocals and flashy hooks while a surging bassline and solid beat provide for some dance club crossover appeal. Take the dramatic singing style and pop sensibilities of Midnight Oil and put a massive AC/DC guitar underneath and you get 30 Odd etc.
30 Odd Foot Of Grunts Concert Films
Live at Soundstage
30 Odd Foot Of Grunts
Runtime: 55 minBefore New Zealander Russell Crowe became an Oscar-winning Hollywood heavyweight, he was a guy in a band writing songs about his parents, his politics and his then-sweetheart. Crowe wrote his first song at age 6, and in the 1980s formed 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, or TOFOG - the name for a sound effect that Crowe heard while working on the set of the 1995 film, Virtuosity. Crowe and his bandmates give a performance that features the bravado-stripped, engaging and garrulous Crowe along with the rocking, carefree, and guitar infused Grunts.
Crowe's deep baritone sings songs written for his then-sweetheart, "Inside Your Eyes," along with "Swallow My Gift," a tune he wrote in response to critics who over-scrutinize his music. The band features other songs off their album Other Ways of Speaking including "Never Be Alone Again," "What's Her Name?" and "Charlie's Song." Crowe's cover of "Ring of Fire" reveals the rough-edge rock that the band builds from while also hinting at their blues, folk and pop influences.
The highlight of the evening is a duet with country-pop icon Kris Kristofferson. TOFOG and Crowe cover the hits "Me and Bobby McGee," originally sung by Janis Joplin, and Kris' "Sunday Morning Coming Down," recorded by Johnny Cash. On his own, Kristofferson performs hits that highlight his philosophical lyricism and poignant arrangements including "The Circle," "A Moment of Forever" and "Help Me Make It Through The Night."
Classic Album: Bat Out Of Hell
Runtime: 50 minThe songs and story of this classic album with contributions by Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Todd Rundgren, Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito. Since its release in 1977, Bat Out of Hell has gone on to sell an estimated 30 million copies and become one of the top five biggest selling albums of all time. Released during the days of the disco boom and the advent of punk rock, Bat Out of Hell totally bucked those musical trends, yet as Meat Loaf recalls, the record is "more honest than 99% of all records released." The remarkable story of Bat Out of Hell is told here by its leading contributors, including Meat Loaf himself, composer Jim Steinman, record producer Todd Rundgren, and backing vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito, together with others who helped in the construction of Bat Out of Hell's "wall of sound." Featuring archival footage, interviews and live performances, this is the compelling story of the making of one of rock music's finest hours, a true classic album