Plasmatics - Live! Rod Swenson's Lost Tapes 1978-81
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The rare Wendy O. Williams/Plasmatics live footage in this DVD has, in the main, never been released before. During the early years Plasmatics creator Rod Swenson, who directed and shot all the Wendy O./Plasmatics conceptual videos (AKA known for his footage of the Ramones, Dead Boys, Blondie, and Motorhead among others) shot numerous Plasmatics shows the footage from which was never edited or released. Except for some short excerpts most of it until the discovery of this footage was thought to be lost or degraded (shot on tape which has been shown as with audio tape to degrade over time). Recently during the moving of WOW/Plasmatics archive material the footage here was found unlabeled in buried boxes. While much had degraded, Producer/Director Randy Shooter was able to discover, relabel, and with additional editing and restoration, salvage the rare and remarkable footage in this DVD. A lot of it is raw (and much of the audio is the audio from ambient video deck mics, noise and all) but the energy and power is there straight through. The material includes two tracks from CBGB the first of which was among the first Plasmatics shows ever as well as other footage from benchmark shows. A bonus track (Monkey Suit) features footage shot by Swenson when he was shooting the iconic album cover for New Hope for the Wretched, but never released.
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The Plasmatics were one of the most exciting live bands I've had the pleasure of seeing perform. Visually incredible, flawless. Musically, I dug everything up until they split up and Wendy went solo. Don't get me wrong, I love Wendy and stuck with her through it all (yeah, even the rap record) but for me nothing compared to the Plasmatics (Wendy, Richie, Wes, Jean, Stu, Junior, Joey, TC).
Many hardcore fans knew footage existed, but couldn't understand why none has seen the light of day. I remember cameras at the second Pier show, so when I read this DVD was being released AND it included performances from that Pier show, I was extremely psyched. Finally!!!
To my knowledge, all of the footage on this DVD has never been seen. Let me take that back, it's possible a few short segments from the Pier show were used in the documentary, but that's about it.
All of the footage on this DVD is absolutely fantastic. I only wish there was more (and we all know there is more). The 63 mins goes by in a flash and leaves you with a hunger for more. The Long Island footage is absolutely amazing. I'm pretty sure Wendy's intro to Squirm is what was used on New Hope, it sure sounds close. The early CB's footage is unreal. The Cali and Pier footage is just WOW! The audio on the Bonds footage isn't great, but it honestly doesn't matter. It's so good, you forgive any flaws. The Monkey Suit video is very, very cool to see.
On the production side, the editing is pretty sloppy. However, it doesn't matter when the material is so mindblowingly special.
I hope Rod feels the positive response this DVD is receiving and feeds the fans more, and soon! Is this just volume one? Man, I hope so.
For anyone who doesn't already own this DVD, do yourself a favor and experience the greatness that was the incredible Plasmatics.
Thank YOU Rod!
PS Don't leave us hanging too long. We'd love us some more Plasmatics!!!!