Review: CBGB: Punk From The Bowery DVD
CBs is open even though they have no lease, and if you need a cause to sacrifice your life for to you can still Save CBGBs. CBGB: Punk From the Bowery came out in 2003 and retails for $9.99. All in all, you get your $9.99 worth. You can't beat it though as a cheap stocking stuffer for that little crumb-bum on your Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or There Is No God Day list.
Here's the bands. In addition you get CB's owner Hilly Kristal hosting a meandering tour of the club that's so slow and meandering I will award six internet monies to anyone who can sit through the whole thing! His wheezing will stupefy and amaze you!
1. Agnostic Front - Something's Gotta Give & Believe 2. Cro-Mags - Malfunction & Hard Times 3. Madball - Lockdown & True to the Game 4. H20 - Faster Than The World & Guilty By Association 5. Poison Idea - Lifestyles & Just Get Away 6. Harley's War - Malfunction & The Regulator 7. UK Subs - I Live in a Car & Emotional Blackmail 8. The Varukers - Murder & Don't Want to be a Victim 9. Chaos UK - Selfish Jew & King For a Day 10. The Vibrators - Pure Mania & Baby Baby Baby 11. Molotov Cocktail - Kop Party & Alcohol 12. Kraut - Unemployed & Kill For Cash 13. Adrenaline OD - Suburbia & Old People Talk Loud 4. Even Worse - Major Headache 15. Furious George - Redrum
Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags and Madball are metal punk bands that call themselves hardcore. Show their clips to any civilian and they'll say they're white power bands. Just pointing that out. These bands also stalk the stage like rappers. Harley's War was straight up metal.
H20, Even Worse and Furious George were ok. Poison Idea were great, and so were the UK Subs, Chaos UK, The Vibrators, Molotov Cocktail, Kraut and Adrenalin OD.
CBGB: Punk From The Bowery is in no way a documentary. Sure Hilly reminisces, but once again, six internet monies will be yours if you can sit through the whole thing! He says punk was first called called street rock and that the mentally retarded Sid Vicious was an asshole to everyone. Then my head hit the counter from listening to Hilly's voice, which woke me up the first three times but then knocked me unconscious. I dreamt I was a pirate!