Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Faith No More - Live at Brixton Academy You Fat Btards|
Actors: Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Billy Gould, Jim Martin, Mike Patton
Director: John Booth
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Live at the Brixton Academy, London-You Fat B**tards was filmed at the peak of their career in 1990 and captures Faith No More for the true fan. Mike Patton antics abound, the musicianship is extraordinary, and the concert... more »
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Complete FNM on ONE DVD..... have faith again!
WilM. | Republics of TX & Guatemala | 04/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The prodcut description says it all to any FNM fan.
The infamous Live @ Brixton Academy concert, recorded at thei rcreative and commercial peak right off the The Real Thing era, plus the complete video anthology.
Both releases had been previously available on VHS only, and hard to get for years. Now, on one DVD, for your viewing pleasure.
A great oportunity to catch rare videos from the band's beginnings, and obscure gems like Easy, We Care a Lot and A Small Victory.
Of course, the most popular gems like Epic, From Out of Nowhere and Midlife Crisis are here."
Good to see a DVD transfer at last
Struwwelpeter | Southampton, UK | 07/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think that five stars speaks for itself - these are excellent videos that belong on the shelf of any respectable Faith No More fan, or Mike Patton fan, or music fan in general. I would agree with other reviewers that "You Fat Bastards" suffers from being recorded before A) the band had written a lot of their best material, and B) Mike Patton had honed his voice to his far bolder, more listenable, less-nasal style. The show's nostalgia factor to an old-school fan like myself, however, redeems it. Plus it has to be said that an awful lot of the songs performed are catchy, inventive, and still very enjoyable even after all this time. "Who Cares A Lot?" - itself being a 1998 reissue of the "Angel Dust"-era compilation "Video Croissant" with some "King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime" and "Album Of The Year" videos tacked on - really makes this double feature worth buying. The singles for which videos were made might not fully represent just how wide-ranging Faith No More's style could be, most of them being primarily rock songs, but tracks like the crooner ballad "Easy", the mellow jazz track "Evidence", the ambient trip-hoppy "Stripsearch" and the old school rock-rap number "We Care A Lot" certainly hint at how effortlessly they were able to span genres (to fully appreciate this, their entire discography needs to be heard). The other songs featured are also unique in their own way, each one giving a different spin on how `rock' can be interpreted as a genre. "Everything's Ruined" (the cheapest, daftest and probably funniest clip on the set) saunters between funky, moody, piano-heavy verses and rich, guitar-driven choruses. "Midlife Crisis" offers up intimidating growls over washy synth, punctuated by perfectly orchestrated melodies and possibly the most ridiculously catchy chorus of any song released that decade. "Digging The Grave" lays the foundations for what would later become nu-metal, which many far less capable bands would gain far more undeserved kudos for. As far as record-company compiled anthologies go, it's pretty damn good.
The videos themselves are mostly very entertaining and amusing, the band rarely opting for the `artsy' angle, except in the cases of "Ashes To Ashes", "Midlife Crisis", "A Small Victory" and "Stripsearch", but these are competently directed and are able to look slick without venturing into pretentious territory. "Last Cup Of Sorrow" stands up to the most repeat viewing, it being a reinterpretation of the Hitchcock classic "Vertigo" which starts off being faithful almost to the shot, deviating from the original more and more as it goes on until we end up with Mike Patton and Bill Gould in drag while Jennifer Jason-Leigh presides as a dominatrix - good wholesome fun.
The picture quality is what, to me, stands out the most, perhaps as my previous VHS editions were so well-loved that they are all but worn out. There are some noticeable glitches that were on the VHS versions that have not been amended - the impression one gets is it is a by-the-numbers, no frills transfer - but these don't amount to much: The occasional flicker during the closing "This Guy's In Love With You" and some white noise at the top of the frame in "Last Cup Of Sorrow" which will most likely not be visible on most standard televisions. Also, while most videos were filmed at 4:3, the aforementioned "Last Cup Of Sorrow" and "A Small Victory" (easily the two most impressive videos of the anthology, though that's just coincidence) were filmed at 16:9, while the full-screen display remains the same, which causes minor inconvenience to those with widescreen TVs who would need to manually change their display's aspect ratio.
Interestingly, there have been a number of alterations to the sound that are noticeable if you owned (and watched as many times as I had) the VHS versions of both features. Presumably to enhance the quality of the audio, pretty much all of the music videos on 'Who Cares A Lot?' seem to have had the music redubbed to get CD quality sound. While this is a good idea, a number of music videos originally had specific remixes/radio edits made for them (the most obvious ones being "Anne's Song", "Falling To Pieces" and "Easy"). It appears that these remixes were not tracked down on CD by whoever did the sound transfer - or it was simply decided that they would stick with the album versions of the songs, which most fans would be more familiar with anyway. Regardless, it barely hampers one's enjoyment of the music, although, perhaps to accommodate tricky edits, the "Falling To Pieces" soundtrack oddly alternates between the album version and the remix on occasion. The only obvious difference in the "You Fat Bastards" soundtrack is that the opening orchestral score has been replaced with looped audience cheering, otherwise the music remains pretty much unaltered.
As other reviewers have pointed out, this release would have been a perfect excuse to finally make the `missing' videos "Ricochet" and "Another Body Murdered" available to the public, as well as some much-desired TV appearances, promos, live performances and so on. Not to mention that several videos had alternate versions, such as "Evidence", "From Out Of Nowhere", "Falling To Pieces" and "I Started A Joke", while both "Midlife Crisis" and "Last Cup Of Sorrow" had amusingly `censored' incarnations that would play before the watershed. It is a genuine shame that none of this is included. Still, even without a single extra it is nice to have these videos finally on DVD, with fantastic (overall) picture quality and sound."
Amen, and Finally!!
Jesse Nelson | Tucson, AZ USA | 06/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I always thought it was so silly that they issued the collection of videos on VHS and not DVD, this in like 2003. Well, not only did they issue the videos on DVD, they also added the Brixton performance. Finally, a record company releasing something that gives you bang for your buck! Great band, great videos!! Three cheers, and even though I think a video is missing ("Richochet"), it's still not enough to take away a 5-star salute."
Is It...........what Is It? Fai
themusicfiend | Florida | 05/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally out on dvd this is a must have for each and every FNM fan. Live at Brixton Academy recorded spring of 1990 finds FNM taking over the world lead by madman Mike Patton. The setlist is awesome, the performance is to die for( Mike is wacky as hell) and the sound is great. You couldn't ask for more......how about all their videos. Disc 2 is chock full of videos and little snipets of interviews and backstage footage. Originally you could get half of these on the vhs tape called 'Video Croissant' released back in the day.
You get that plus videos up through their last release 'Album Of The Year'. Most I have never even seen before and they are just flat out incredible. 3 hours of Faith No More......very pleasing."