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Critical Times - Fishbone's Hen House Sessions


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Product Details

  • Actors: Fishbone
  • Directors: Harlan Steinberger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (DD 5.1 Surround)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Hen House Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002RQ3FC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,266 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

In 2001, the legendary, influential and voraciously eclectic band Fishbone arrived to record their newest material at the Hen House, a free community recording studio fully wired for digital sound and video. The only rule: leave your shoes at the door. What commenced was an in-depth look at a veteran musical group during its sometimes painful reincarnation phase. Primarily thought of as an almost religious experience the brutally joyous live shows of the band have been long known what is less understood is the source of this inspired madness.

About the Actor

Fishbone is a U.S. alternative rock band formed in 1979 in Los Angeles, California, which plays a fusion of ska, punk rock, funk, hard rock and soul. Critics have noted of the band: "Fishbone was one of the most distinctive and eclectic alternative rock bands of the late '80s. With their hyperactive, self-conscious diversity, goofy sense of humor, and sharp social commentary, the group gained a sizable cult following during the late '80s.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Kyd on June 3, 2005
Format: DVD
Regardless of whether this DVD was authorised by Fishbone or not, which seems to be the latter case, 'Critical Times - Fishbone's Hen House Sessions' is an insightful, honest, unmanipulated and fascinating view of the recording process of an album (that was never released) by one of the most underated and influencial bands to come out of the LA music scene.

The 'Hen House Sessions' is more a documentary than anything else. The only disappointed is that none of the songs the band have recorded for this unreleased album are played in their entirety. This DVD is more a collection of moments in the recording precess from songwritting, differences of opinions within the band, points of view, mistakes, bad takes and interviews with the band members. This type of video footage, i.e in the studio while recording, is a first for the band and for a fan such as myself who feels starved of anything recent from Fishbone, this DVD delivers an 'up close and personal' account of the band from the line up of 2001. High light moments are comments made by Walt and Spacey regarding Angelo's over use of the thermin. Also another potent message from Angelo was when he repeated the phrase "Once we got hooked up with the music industry, that's when the deteriaration started. Once we got hooked up with the music industry, that's when the deteriaration started!!!!" after Norwood talked about how fun and happy the really early days were, before a record label was involved.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Whiteside on September 15, 2005
Format: DVD
The band is not being compensated for thier creative genious! This DVD is not supporting FISHBONE it is ripping them off and if you buy this without FISHBONE getting compensated for it you are doing them an injustice. This band deserves more than they have ever gotten for thier musical rightousness! Please buy thier new release DVD/CD Live in Amsterdam instead if you respect the work that they do for you!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clifford Lynn on December 31, 2004
Format: DVD
If you like watching people work in the studio, you'll love this. Watching people work in the studio can be annoying because, as a musician, it can be a lot of work and headaches (which is evident in this dvd). Another problem is the DVD does not give you full versions of the songs, just clips from songs that they are working on that never been released,... as of yet. So why did I give it 3 stars? INSIGHTS!! The DVD gave me some insights of their ideas and what goes on in their minds (mostly ganja, which they make obvious) as they work. Angelo, Dirty Walt, and Norwood all talk a little about their history and inspirations, so in this aspect it can be used as a tool for creativity for musicians. Certainly you could find more insights reading the autobiography of Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and etc...but this is Fishbone!! Anyway I still support this band because they make me 'skank & go nutts'!!!
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These brothers never let me down! It's always a rush when they perform & even then, they ALWAYS take you to the next level! Get yours before it's too late!!!
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