Nobody gets despondent with as much cheeky abandon as Morrissey. The former leader of the Smiths, his solo work retains Johnny Marr's Byrds-inspired, jangly guitar sound and adds even bigger doses of 1940s Music Hall, '50s Rockabilly, and '70s Glam. Morrissey's first solo album, Viva Hate, co-written by producer Stephen Street, was a triumph. Since then, the quality of Morrissey's output has careened wildly from respectable to moments of brilliance to leaden time-fillers. Mick Ronson (of early Bowie fame) helped toughen up his sound, but it was the reflective, peaceful and biting Vauxhall and I that reminded the public of this melodramatic crooner's unique vision. By the late 1990s, the public began to take Morrissey for granted and he was without a label for years. Then, in 2004, he released the best-selling You Are the Quarry and was once again embraced by sensitive rockers the world over. If songs as wonderful as "Trouble Loves Me" (1997) don't fly off his pen as quickly as they used to, it's still a comfort to have Morrissey around. He's your eccentric uncle, the one who laughs at stale convention and scoffs at the decadent hipsters ruling the pop world. Morrissey may be nostal... See More
Morrissey Concert Films
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.
Morrissey Top Tracks
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.
Live in Sydney
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minStarting with the mod/punk-rock band 'The Jam' (1976-1982), Weller then went on to branch out musically to a more soulful style with The Style Council (1983-1989). In 1991 he re-established himself as a successful solo artist, and continues to remain a respected singer, lyricist and guitarist, a fact reaffirmed by his awarding of the 2009 BRIT award for Best Male Solo Artist. He has remained a national rather than an international star, and much of his songwriting is rooted in British culture. He is also the principal figure of the 1970s and 80s mod revival and is often referred to as the Modfather.
Live At The Paradise in Boston
Runtime: 56 minThe Pixies are one of the most influential American acts of all time. Initially spanning the late eighties and early nineties they created the blueprint for alternative rock that would be followed and embellished upon by everyone from grunge to Britpop. After 10 years apart the Pixies reformed in 2004. This program is the second release in our Club Date series and features the Pixies in the intimate Paradise Club in Boston.
A Reality Tour
Runtime: 2 hr 28 minThe concert film David Bowie: A Reality Tour features the singer taking over two hours to perform almost 30 of his compositions dating from every phase of his lengthy career, including such classics as "Changes," "All the Young Dudes," "Ziggy Stardust," "Heroes," "Rebel Rebel," and "Under Pressure."
Live in Sydney
Runtime: 1 hr 23 minManchester is a city of mavericks and hooligan poets, individuals making their own mad mash up music, Ian Brown is the king monkey of this clan. He got the charisma and he got the talent to pull these unlikely combinations off. The band was broken but Brown kept his edge and his king monkey cool- not even a spell inside Strangeways affected that swagger. He seems to know no fear. Whilst every British band went off and copied the Roses he set of in the opposite direction and invented his own multi cultural polyglot mix of music that has a cutting edge cool to it.
Made of Stone
The Stone Roses
Runtime: 1 hr 36 minIn 2012, a resurrection no one thought possible took place when legendary band, The Stone Roses reformed after 16 years. With unprecedented access to previously unseen archive footage, MADE OF STONE is a revealing journey through the life of one of the most revered and influential bands in British music history.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Live at The Metro Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minJarvis Branson Cocker (born 19 September 1963) is an English musician and former frontman for the band Pulp. Through his work with the band, Cocker became a figurehead of the Britpop movement of the mid-1990s New solo album Further Complications saw Cocker embrace an altogether more muscular sound, whilst retaining his trademark witticisms. Here, he performs at The Metro Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on December 7, 2009.
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.