Between 1983 and 1986, R.E.M.'s first four albums defined a type of music still taking shape at the time, an as-yet unnamed "alternative" rock then emerging on college radio. With Peter Buck's Velvet Underground-influenced guitars and Michael Stipe's murkily poetic lyrics, R.E.M. were the de facto kings of the underground in the '80s. Life's Rich Pageant, generally regarded as the band's fourth near-perfect album in a row when it came out in 1986, gave them an untouchable cache among their peers and fans. This popularity grew with the advent of alternative-themed radio stations and video shows on MTV, finally breaking when Green came out in 1988 and "The One I Love" became an inescapable MTV/radio hit. Out of Time followed in 1991 and yielded "Losing My Religion," which remains their most popular song today. The next three albums sold in astronomical numbers, and in 1997 Warner Bros paid them $80 million to re-up their contract. After signing the deal, founding bass player Bill Berry opted to leave the band, and between 1997 and 2008 R.E.M. released four studio albums amid a few collections and a live set.
R.E.M. Concert Films
R.E.M. By MTV
Runtime: 1 hr 47 minOn April 5, 1980 four college pals-Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe-took the stage together for the first time to play at a friend's birthday party. The band they started that night stayed together for thirty years and changed the shape of rock music. R.E.M. By MTV tells R.E.M.'s story in their own words, through three decades of performances and interviews R.E.M gave to MTV channels in the USA and around the world. Featuring revealing, never-before-seen footage, R.E.M. By MTV tells the amazing story of a band that did it their own way, and changed how a generation of musicians after them did it, too.
R.E.M. Top Tracks
Morrissey 25 Live
Runtime: 1 hr 32 minMORRISSEY 25: LIVE is a legacy concert film marking 25 years of the solo career of one of the world’s most iconic and enigmatic performers. Shot during Morrissey’s most intimate gig in decades at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles on 2 March 2013, this now legendary concert includes many classic tracks from the artist’s prolific repertoire and is an unmissable cinema event for fans worldwide.
Runtime: 1 hr 17 minFilmed live on Halloween night 2009 at Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, Live Voodoo sees the reunion of the classic Jane's Addiction line-up of Perry Farrell (vocals), Stephen Perkins (drums), Eric Avery (bass) and Dave Navarro (guitar). This spectacular show captures the band on top form with Perry Farrell at his most mesmerizing and the rest of the band clearly enjoying the occasion. The tracklisting is predominantly drawn from their first two albums, which both featured this line-up, and the band are joined on stage by twin girl dancers, whilst the show climaxes with a joyous all singing and dancing stage invasion.
One Mile High...Live
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minAfter a five year break, 2012 saw Garbage back in the spotlight with a new studio album "Not Your Kind Of People" followed by their first world tour in seven years. Filmed on this tour at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado on October 6th, "One Mile High...Live" is the first ever film of a full Garbage concert. Charismatic singer Shirley Manson leads from the front propelled by the twin guitars of Steve Marker and Duke Erikson and the powerhouse drumming of Butch Vig with Eric Avery providing bass guitar for the live shows. The band mix highlights from the new album with classic tracks from across their career to produce the ultimate Garbage live experience.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 min2009 collection from the American rockers led by Jakob Dylan. Collected features 14 classic tracks taken from their albums, plus two previously unreleased recordings. Includes the hits 'One Headlight,' '6th Avenue Heartache,' 'Three Marlenas,' and more. Mixing introspective singer-songwriter sensibilities with a commitment to genuine Roots Rock, The Wallflowers sold more than eight million copies of their catalog, topped the Billboard charts, scored a multiplatinum album, several Modern Rock hits, two Grammy awards and a legion of fans. Collected: 1996-2005 is the definitive look at a critically-acclaimed favorite of the past decade, whose tales of disillusionment and perseverance were wrapped in a sound both gritty and polished, melancholy and aggressive.
Bug Live at 9:30 Club: In the Hands of the Fans
Runtime: 1 hr 3 minThrough an online contest, six fans are selected to film Dinosaur Jr. performing ""Bug"" in its entirety at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC, June 2011. Experience the fans' joy as they witness a classic performance and meet their heroes face to face in an exclusive interview with the band. Under the awesome direction of Dave Markey (The Year Punk Broke), ""In the Hands of the Fans"" brings the fans closer to the band and the music closer to you. Includes bonus footage of Henry Rollins speaking candidly to Markey about the the band, and interviewing them on stage before the show.
Runtime: 1 hr 18 minPrimal Scream's seminal album "Screamadelica" defined a generation. It's mix of rock, dance, dub, gospel and more caught the zeitgeist of the early nineties to perfection and it went on to win the inaugural Mercury Music Prize in 1992 and consistently be named as "Best Album Of The Nineties" and appear in numerous "All Time Best Albums" lists. This show, filmed on November 26th 2010 at London's Olympia, was the first time that Primal Scream had performed the whole album live and it became one of the "must see" gigs of the year. The band was accompanied by a brass section and a gospel choir with back projections specially created for the event. The result was a stunning musical and visual triumph and proved, if it needed to be, that Screamadelica is one of the finest albums ever made and that Primal Scream are one of the truly great live bands.
With The Wild Crowd: Live in Athens, GA
Runtime: 1 hr 37 minThe B-52s performed their first ever gig in February 1977. 34 years later, on Valentine’s Day 2011, they returned to their home town of Athens, Georgia to celebrate with this brilliant live show. Wig-wearing, boa-draped, glitter-covered fans came to join in and saw the band deliver a sizzling 90 minute set that turned Athens’ Classic Center into a cosmic dancehall. A B-52s live show is always the best party in town, yet here in front of their home crowd they even managed to turn it up a notch further. Packed with all their fan’s favorites, this is high spirited good time rock ‘n’ roll packed with great tunes, wild romance, blood pumping grooves and a lot of fun!
Color Me Obsessed
Runtime: 2 hr 3 minFor some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a blender with classic and pop rock, and then poured it into a Middle American pint glass. Over the band's 12-year existence, its live sets were magical, a total mess, or both-depending on your mood and the members' respective blood alcohol levels. Gorman Bechard's remarkable history of the 'Mats takes us from their first show as the Impediments to their 1991 onstage breakup in Chicago, and everywhere in between. Bechard bravely eschews including the band's music, photos, and live footage, instead relying solely on the fans: their well-kept memories, hilarious anecdotes, and differing points of views about the foursome's wildly varied discography and infamous antics. Bechard has recruited an impressive roster of influential fans: musicians such as Husker Du, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold Steady, Archers of Loaf, Titus Andronicus, and Goo Goo Dolls; writers such as Jack Rabid, Legs McNeil, Robert Christgau, Jim DeRogatis, and Greg Kot; and actors such as George Wendt, Tom Arnold, and Dave Foley. Sprinkled in among that esteemed group are the more mainstream fans, who often give the most insightful and heartfelt perspectives of all. Follower or not, after taking in COLOR ME OBSESSED, you'll be ready to run home, gather some 'Mats albums, and design a perfect soundtrack of your own.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 53 minChicago-based Wilco take the stage with their blend of idiosyncratic pop sounds from their most recent album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Highlights include "War on War" and "Jesus, Etc." The critically acclaimed group reveals not only inimitable musicianship, but also a wide range of music with hints of country, rock, punk and, perhaps most of all, experimentalism.
Meeting People is Easy: A Film by Grant Lee about Radiohead
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minMEETING PEOPLE IS EASY presents a visual diary of Radiohead's 1997-98 world tour in support of their acclaimed album OK COMPUTER. The film includes behind-the-scenes and concert footage of the innovative band in Barcelona, Paris, New York, and Tokyo. Interviews with band members Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, and Phil Selway, along with director Grant Gee's artfully probing camera, provide candid, revealing insights into the difficulties of dealing with the unwelcome label of "rock star." This often melancholy documentary features clips of songs such as "Lucky," "Airbag," "A Reminder," "Paranoid Android," "Street Spirit," and "Electioneering."
Classic Albums: The Joshua Tree
Runtime: 51 minAn outstanding entry in the Classic Albums video series, this hourlong documentary, produced in 1999, assembles the creators of U2's The Joshua Tree to comment about the musical magic that occurred a dozen years earlier in a home studio in Dublin. Merging past and present, coproducers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, mixer Steve Lillywhite, and guitarist The Edge isolate separate tracks on the album's master tapes to illustrate how some of U2's greatest songs were layered with each individual's crucial contributions. Bono listens in while Lanois deconstructs the masters, appearing genuinely shy about his vocal tracks but eloquent in describing the album as "not Irish at all" in its innovative sound, but "very Irish" in terms of the emotions that inspired it. Later, The Edge describes the "cinematic" sound of the album, intended to transport the listener to a specific physical location based on each song's mood and atmosphere.
Bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen weigh in with illuminating comments, and the hour offers an abundance of video excerpts, concert footage, and memorable anecdotes. Eno sets the record straight on the torturous process of recording "Where the Streets Have No Name" (he almost "accidentally" erased the master tape in hopes of starting from scratch), and Bono admits to a heavy Led Zeppelin influence on "Bullet the Blue Sky." Archival footage shows the recording in progress (one wishes there were more of it), and what emerges from this collective reminiscence is an enlightening study of mutual chemistry and fruitful collaboration. Upon viewing this video, another listening to The Joshua Tree will be more rewarding than ever.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 53 minThe Counting Crows know how to have fun. Lead Singer Adam Duritz rocks his way through an evening in which poetry seems to explode from the band's repertoire of blues/rock/country hits. Fresh off the release of their greatest hits album Films About Ghosts (taken from a line in the song "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby"), the band reflects on its 10-year history in a Soundstage episode that highlights the iconic "Mr. Jones," along with other up-tempo tunes including "Hangin' Around," "Rain King" and "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby." Duritz slows down in the mournful rendition of "A Long December" but reinvigorates the mood with the rootsy "American Girls." Other hits featured include "Recovering the Satellites," and "She Don't Want Nobody Near."
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minIn 1995, Bruce decided to invite the then-disbanded E Street Band back into the studio to record new songs for his upcoming Greatest Hits album. This documentary captures the recording sessions, the live video shoot for “Murder Incorporated,” and priceless insights into the band’s relationships with each other at the time.
Talk to the Hand: Live in Michigan
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minWith over ten million albums sold worldwide, including one multi-platinum album (Stunt) and two platinum albums (Maroon and Rock Spectacle) in the U.S., Barenaked Ladies are one of Canada's greatest musical exports. Now, they cross the border once again for their first-ever live DVD Talk to the Hand: Live in Michigan. With a blend of classics including "One Week," "Pinch Me" and "If I Had $1000000," and hits from the recent releases Barenaked Ladies Are Me and Barenaked Ladies Are Men, this concertshows not only why Barenaked Ladies remain loved by their many fans, but also why they are one of the world's greatest touring bands.
Detour Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 46 minElvis Costello brings his solo show Detour to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Combining classic songs performed with guitar or at the piano with reminiscences of his family, life and career, it is by turns touching, humorous, thoughtful and uplifting. The set features recent songs such as “Church Underground” and “Jimmie Standing In The Rain” alongside much loved tracks from across his career including “Watching The Detectives, ” “A Good Year For The Roses, ” “Accidents Will Happen, ” “Shipbuilding” and “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down” all given a new twist in their solo renditions. The show also features guest appearances by sister act Larkin Poe.
Live at Les Eurockéennes Festival 2016
Runtime: 20 minDiscreet genie, it’s a Music-Man (with capital Ms) that’s coming to Eurockennes. Since Loser in 1993, Beck trims his mix of styles. Sometimes groove, sometimes soft, sometimes rock, psyched or hip-hop. Beck, multi-instrumentalist and talented producer has offered to the last twenty years, it must be admitted, serious masterpieces.
Single Video Theory
Runtime: 45 minSingle Video Theory is a music documentary directed by Mark Pellington that follows the making of Yield, the fifth album by the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam. The film was shot in 16mm film over three days in November 1997 in downtown Seattle. It features interviews with the band members and behind-the-scenes footage of the band's rehearsal sessions for its shows opening for The Rolling Stones. The documentary illustrates how the band began to widen the songwriting responsibilities of its members, with bassist Jeff Ament credited with writing "Pilate" and "Low Light", and guitarist Mike McCready taking part in writing "Given to Fly" with vocalist Eddie Vedder. It was the first insight into the band's inner workings of its recording sessions, which had previously been shielded from the public.