Love and Rockets

Haunted Fishtank

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They were never guaranteed the kind of MTV rotation that certain other '80s bands were enjoying, and might not even have impinged upon many viewers' attention until "So Alive" came along at the end of the decade. But Love and Rockets were nevertheless responsible for a string of always entertaining, and still amusing videos that deserved a far greater audience than they originally received. Hence the compilation and release of this, a story-so-far gathering of videos dating back to the debut "Ball of Confusion," and on through a helter skelter of wild imagery, seasick camera angles, musical monkeys, and Bubblemen. The band's short-lived flirtation with their bulbous alter egos was never really going to take off; again, pre-"So Alive," scarcely enough people even knew who the main band was without being hoodwinked by their oddly disguised bubblegangers. But the video shot to accompany the conceit is mad brilliance personified, while The Haunted Fishtank (titled for a British slang name for the television) also percolates with a series of specially shot interludes popping up between the main attraction's videos to inject a little more random bubble action into your life. The 45-minute fishtank has since been superseded by an even longer and most luscious DVD/video collection. But it remains a charming period piece and a lot of fun as well.

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