G.B.H.

Charged: On Stage [DVD]

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Filmed on August 29, 2004, at the Coronet in London, this video makes a good argument for some punk bands to be forced to take the Marilyn Monroe early exit and leave the youthful memories intact. It's not like Charged G.B.H. music is rare, and when there are plenty of sounds available from a group, shouldn't the reunion be something extra special? Colin on vocals, Scott on drums, Ross on bass -- these chaps are hardly John, Paul, George, Ringo, Mick, or Keith outside of their inner circle. They're actually more along the lines of latter-day Starz, a bunch of middle-aged dudes who forgot that what they were selling had an expiration date on it -- along the lines of the plot to the film Logan's Run. The concert is 53 minutes of rough audio and dark video -- perhaps better to hide the lines of age. An interview of close to 48 minutes in duration drags on, with a low-energy Jet Martin asking his questions like he's taking an algebra exam. There is a highlight, though: a 13-minute home video entitled On the Road that is the most interesting aspect of the DVD. Cinéma vérité shots from the airplane and the van make for a rather intriguing look behind the scenes. The bootleg live footage during the daylight show is more compelling and fun than the full-length concert presented here. The muted sound actually plays better and the wild camera shots reflect the attitude of the band much better than the controlled work inside the concert hall. It's pretty amusing when Colin says, "We're not used to this sunshine, it's lovely," adding, "Can you bottle it and send it to us in England?" These creatures of the night play better in the light -- and a full-length underground video would suit G.B.H. and their fans much better.

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