If the Stone Roses added a Beatles-esque tunefulness to the Madchester melee, then the Mondays brought with them the swagger of the Stones. Reckless, lawless and, if legend is to be believed, regularly legless, their piratical smash'n'grab on urban gloom, drug rock excess and acid house euphoria inspired a generation to 'get on one.' If they peaked with the string of singles released from third album Pills'N'Thrills'N'Bellyaches, their bleak comedown album follow-up Yes Please Â produced by Talking Heads' Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth Â remains a lost classic. Irregular reunions have failed to dim their wayward legend.
Happy Mondays Concert Films
Call The Cops
Runtime: 56 minHappy Mondays were, along with the Stone Roses, the defining band of the Madchester scene in the late eighties and early nineties. Their music combined rock and house elements in a unique fusion which, coupled with Shaun Ryders biting lyrics, became the soundtrack of the era. This program captures the band on their first American tour in 1990 in support of their bestselling album Pills n Thrills And Bellyaches. It combines brilliant full performance footage from The Sound Factory in New York with behind the scenes material to give a really intimate portrait of the band at their peak. There are also cameo appearances from Keith Allen and the late Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records.
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The Beat is the Law: Fanfare For The Common People
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minGlastonbury Festival, 1995: The Stone Roses pull out of their headline set after a mountain bike accident and Rod Stewart is unavailable. As last minute replacements, Pulp take to the stage to face 80,000 people. They deliver a set regarded as one of the best in the festival’s history and are catapulted to the forefront of the Britpop movement—an achievement that ten years earlier seemed like an impossible dream. Made with the full cooperation of Pulp, The Beat is the Law brings together original interviews, performances, promos, newly unearthed live footage and home videos to tell the story of Pulp and their contemporaries’ journey from the darkest industrial depths of Sheffield to the pinnacle of pop via the consciousness-raising techno/house of Warp Records. Featuring original interviews with Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Russell Senior, Candida Doyle and Nick Banks, plus Richard Hawley (Longpigs), Mark Brydon (Chakk/FON/Moloko), Rob Gordon (FON/Warp), Adi Newton (Clock DVA) and many more!
Friday the Thirteenth
Runtime: 58 minProbably the most enduring band of the UK punk/new wave era, the legendary Stranglers perform live at Londons spectacular Royal Albert Hall. Accompanied by The Electra Strings
Runtime: 1 hrThree years of candid camera on the road with Blur, from Reading 1991 through the dark ages of the EEC in 1992 and then on to Modern Life. This 126 minute tour film features live footage including scenes from Glastonbury ’92, the Heineken Music Festival ’94 in Nottingham, and festivals in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. It is a fascinating rockumentary about the early days of one of the most influential bands of the 1990s.
A Home Movie
Runtime: 1 hr 19 minBritpop rockers Supergrass collects 17 of their videos as well as the 80-minute documentary A Home Movie on this film from EMI and Parlophone. With hits from the band's first four albums represented on the disc, the videos cover their early rocket-rise to stardom with such cuts as "Alright" and go all the way through their contagious 2002 hit "Grace." The documentary contains interviews with the band and features home movies from various tours and recording sessions dating back even before the band had properly formed. Filled with the kind of off-the-wall humor and style that has surrounded their work for the first ten years, the film is a must for Supergrass fans and collectors alike.
Classic Albums: Screamadelica
Runtime: 58 minThis Classic Albums series tells the story behind the making of this legendary album. There are contributions from all the band members, main producer Andrew Weatherall, Creation Records founder Alan McGee and many others involved in the creation of this masterpiece.
Primal Scream's seminal album Screamadelica was released in 1991, and synthesized the band's rock 'n' roll roots with the dance culture of that time; for many, the album's sound and imagery came to be regarded as quintessential symbols of the acid house era, perfectly catching the spirit and mood of the early 90s.
Using rare archive footage and special performances, this film tells the story of Screamadelica and its hit singles and dance anthems Loaded, Movin' On Up, Come Together and Don't Fight It, Feel It. From the formation of the band in Glasgow to winning the first-ever Mercury prize, the band members explain the record's inception with insights from main producer Andrew Weatherall, Creation Records founder Alan McGee and many others involved with or inspired by this joyful record.
Live at Isle of Wight Festival
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minThe English rock band James take over the stage at The Isle of Wight Festivals with attractive performances of their best-known singles including "Come Home," "Sit Down," "She's a Star," "Laid," and many more.
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minThe English band New Order, born from the ashes of Joy Division, is in concert at the club Manhattan Club of Leuven. The RTBF cameras are filming the event for the program "Rox Box". At the time of the recall, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert interpret the cultured "Blue Monday", dance anthem of all the revelers of the time.