"It is morally wrong to allow suckers to keep their money."
Arthur Bloch, Murphy's Law
SELECT VIDEO TAPE REVIEWS
by Richard Karsmakers
I've never actually done video reviews in ST NEWS before, with
the possible exception of what a liberal reader could call a
'review' that appears now and again between the various bits in
the "Did you know that..." article. Well, as they say, there has
to be a first time for everything, you're never too old to
learn, you should never stop growing, you should preferably keep
your contents increasingly varying...anyway, here we go with the
first video review in ST NEWS ever.
Well, at least the first full-fledged video reviews ever to
appear here. I won't make them too long.
METALLICA - A YEAR AND A HALF IN THE LIFE OF METALLICA
This 96 minute video sets off and ends with ridiculously
enthusiastic fans buying "Metallica" tapes - August 1991, the
release of their fifth album. In between, you get all the thrills
(?) of Metallica in the studio with Bob Rock and Randy Staub. You
witness the whole thing, including discussions on how to start
off "Nothing Else Matters" and the usual recording process of
mixing, mastering, editing, the works. It's a fairly interesting
video which, indeed, should not lack in any Metallica fan's video
collection. You get a few short interview shots, but mainly you
see the guys recording their excellent album. It's quite
interesting to see what kind of things they've tried to achieve,
and it's quite a disillusion of what studio life is really like.
It's not the romantic life that it's usually protrayed to be.
On top of the studio footage you also get the first three video
clips made: "Enter Sandman", "Nothing Else Matters" and "The
Unforgiven". I didn't think they were all that necessary, but,
hey, now you've got those as well.
METALLICA - A YEAR AND A HALF IN THE LIFE OF METALLICA CONTINUED
Part II continues where, like they usually say, part I left off.
After having recorded their album, Metallica set out to stun the
world with their 2-year "Wherever We May Roam" tour which was
introduced by the "Monsters of Rock" appearances. This video,
which is a whoppin' 134 minutes in length, shows you the whole
thing. You get live shots, more videos ("Wherever I May Roam" and
"Sad But True" this time), a view under the stage, Wembley,
Donington, a view into their airplane, James' accident, the whole
Personally I think this is the most interesting of the two
tapes, even though it's kinda heavy on the less interesting
hotel/dressing room shots and interviews. There really isn't much
to be said about it, other than that you should have seen it if
you're into Metallica.
Incidentally, you even get to see Lars' bum (Ooer!). Now that's
the kind of stuff we've all been waiting for.
QUEENSRYCHE - BUILDING EMPIRES
Seattle...city where most of the young people of today will
think bands like Nirvana, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam and
Soundgarden came from. All these bands, no matter how influential
they may have been with their rather overhyped Seattle sound,
don't deserve to lick the feet of seemingly forgotten people that
have their roots in this city as well: Jimi Hendrix and
I'd like to use this bit to review the latest available
Queensrÿche product, their "Building Empires" video.
With "Building Empires", they have released one of their best
videos. Their total videology now contains "Live in Tokyo" (which
is very good), "Video Mindcrime" (which has lots of literary
ambitions but which is, frankly, a letdown), "Operation
Livecrime" (which is totally excellent, almost too much so) and
their latest release. Their new products takes you on a trip
through the band's history that started about 1982. This is
achieved mainly by some live footage, a collection of video clips
and some exclusives, with added comments by some members of the
band (DeGarmo, Wilton and Tate).
One of the vintage bits is a "Nightrider" video clip - where
they still look like poodles, actually, and very young ones at
that. Only one previously available bit of video was used during
the entire 100 minutes, which is a song from the "Live in Tokyo"
video. It's just enough to make you want to have this particular
vid'. Seven "Empire" clips have been added, of which one is a
previously unseen version (the others you could have seen on MTV
I suppose). Using only a couple of minutes of previously
available footage and plenty of new stuff (some non-Mindcrime
live stuff from their Empire Tour and two songs from MTV's
"Unplugged") makes this video stand out among similar attempts by
other bands (I still haven't lost the dirty taste in my mouth
given by Malmsteen's "The Collection" video, which was basically
a load of stuff taken from his two earlier videos and two meagre
"Building Empires" is a video every dedicated Queensrÿche fan
should have. It's a bit of a shame that the entire "Queen of the
Rÿche" video clip isn't shown, but you can't have 'em all.
And...er...I'm still waiting for the live version of "Roads to
Madness", guys (even though "The Lady Wore Black" was excellent
OPRAH WINFREY INTERVIEWS THE KING OF POP
This is no video review, really, but I couldn't think of another
place where this would fit least badly. I won't be long, by the
Of course, for those initiated and/or lucky enough to have
missed it, I refer here to the interview Oprah Winfrey did with
Michael Jackson (who I'd rather call Michael Vomitson) in January
this year. Something diabolical deep inside me popped up when I
heard about it being televized. I had to see this and see what
this dude was really like. Was he really as revolting as I had
imagined him to be? For the last 14 years he had given no TV
interviews so the press had used its own (somewhat warped)
imagination to make up all kinds of things about the King of Pop,
Rock and Soul.
Anyway, the entire interview might just as well have been an
enormous pro-Jackson commercial, filled with him being the kind
benefactor of the terminally ill, the poor cute little child that
was depraved of his youth (and that cried an awful lot), the man
that was subject of "The most horrifying and just crazy stories
concocted by tabloids" and a lot more like that, with a
positively tearjerking climax in the form of overaged,
overestimated and overwed Elizabeth Taylor proclaiming what a
"kind, tender, loving, etc. human being" Michael actually was. Of
course none of the rumours were true. There was no oxygen tank,
there weren't any chimps to fool around with, and Michael was
portrayed as the epitome of sanity. His white skin was proclaimed
to be the result of a rare skin disease, he had been beaten a lot
by his dad (whom he still loved dearly), he had never read La
Toya's book (whom he also loved dearly), he refused to answer
Oprah's question whether or not he was still a virgin (which says
it all, really) and the list goes on.
If it hadn't been for the typically American over-the-top
quality of Michael Jackson worshipping and Oprah just keeping on
repeating how good he was, the whole thing might have had some
To me, still, the dude will remain Michael Vomitson. Sorry,
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