I really, really, really miss Ned's Atomic Dustbin. I
mean REALLY. This band kind of gave me the power to continue throughout
much of the 90's
along with other great acts like The
Catherine Wheel and The Charlatans UK. They not only
constantly renewed my faith in the music industry as a whole,
and Britain in particular, but imbued my entire existence with
the same joyous rock'n'roll euphoria that the mods must have felt
attending those early gigs by The Who. This was music history
being made, and it made me feel good. Really good.
Well, take a trip down memory lane with me, as we sit and watch
Shoot The Neds! In Concert. The first time I put this DVD
in, I put it in my computer because I needed to write this review.
Well, that just wasn't working. I immediately took it out to the
stereo in the living room, cranked up the volume and bounced around
the house for a good couple of hours. Now, that's the way this
music is supposed to be heard! Ned's was never a band that was
quiet, easy listening. It's just impossible with those dueling
bass players going at it all the time. So, when you buy this DVD,
which you must if you've ever heard Ned's, then make sure to crank
the volume wayyyyy up when you play it.
All the classic tracks are represented in this fantastic DVD
package that features not only the concert footage, but also
soundcheck footage, an interview with the band, and a very informative
biography of the band. This biography is a great insight into
the internal machinations of Ned's, revealing where the band
members came from and how they developed the unique chemistry
that helped shape the modern world of music. The interview is
remarkable, humorous, and enlightening as well.
But the meat of this DVD is the show. And the show is perfection.
Each of the songs is raw and blistering in its performance, the
members of Ned's squeezed onto a relatively small stage. There
is more energy on this DVD than most live performances, and it
all translates very well to the screen. It is truly like being
especially if the stereo is cranked way up. Watching
John Penney run through these songs and interact with the
crowd makes one wonder why the band didn't continue playing after
the loss of two members
This incarnation of the band was
just as great as the original lineup. Well, there is always hope
that we may get some new Ned's in the future I suppose.
For now, we are left with a handful of amazing records that truly
inspire the soul of the listener to great energetic heights and
a couple great live shows on DVD that remind us ostensibly of
what it was like to be young. There was no Wonder Woman
music on this video, but you can't slight it for something as
small as that.
1. Not Sleeping Around
3. Cut Up
5. Walking Through Syrup
6. Capital Letters
9. Nothing Like
11. Until You Find Out
14. Kill Your Television
15. Song Eleven Could Take Forever
17. Plug Me
18. In Grey Cell Green
19. Terminally Groovie
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