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Would We Be...Live?
Would We BeLive
Actors: Rob Wright, John Wright, Tom Holliston, Ernie Hawkins
Director: Peter Wells
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2004     2hr 58min

The DVD is just a couple of minutes short of three hours, and features 41 songs. It's being released to coincide with the band's 25th anniversary - and they've never done anything video-like before! The DVD features 2 com...  more »


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Actors: Rob Wright, John Wright, Tom Holliston, Ernie Hawkins
Director: Peter Wells
Creators: Margaret Wells, Peter Wells, Philip Wells, Ray Liffen
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Other Music
Studio: Punkervision
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/10/2004
Original Release Date: 02/10/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 02/10/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 58min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

It's about time!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"25 years on, and at last the fans have a video document of the mighty Nomeansno in action... almost two hours long, and covering every album they've recorded outside of "Mama," this concert is exactly what NMN fans have been waiting for... high energy, amazing sound, incredible performance...and if that wasn't enough, you've also got a full Hanson Bros. performance on here as well... a bit more ragged onstage than NMN, but still a very high energy performance of a bunch of their "puck rock" anthems...My only complaint is that this DVD was recorded in 2002... I would have LOVED some footage from pre-91 with Andy Kerr on guitar... outside of that, though, this is easily the best concert DVD that I have purchased since, well, ever..."
It's about time!
Jim | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | 05/12/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For the NoMeansNo fans who have seen them live, this DVD is like being at the show with the obvious exception that the sound experience will not be as powerful. For fans who may not get an opportunity to see them live, this DVD is an essential purchase.The timing of this DVD release was perfect for me because I was getting withdrawal symptoms from their not playing a show in Toronto for about three years, and until they came for two nights in March, I was beginning to worry that they retired from playing altogether. (It's interesting to note that Rob turned 50 in March but he, John and whatever the guitarist's name is, easily blows away the so-called punk bands that are less than half their age)The song selection on this DVD covers a decent array of their vast catalogue and of course the band, as always, is tight, intense and exhilarating. All in all, the DVD reflects the band's no-frills approach. In other words, what you'll get is ordinary sound and cinematography, but that doesn't take anything away from the fact that NoMeansNo put on an incredible show."
Long overdue...
Benjamin A smith | Saint Louis, MO United States | 02/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was hoping they'd put out a retrospective of live material spanning the band's career, but instead what I got was two solid live sets from two phenomenal bands, canadian punk legends NoMeansNo and their hockey stick wielding alter-egos, the Hanson Brothers. Really great selection of songs from each band, some material I've never seen them do before during their live shows. Could make for a great way to introduce people to both of these bands, once you get them past the "whoa man, these dudes are old" feelings.Only complaints, DVD menuing is sorta wonky and cheesy, and the photo gallery for the Hanson Brothers didn't work on my dvd player, but the way the songs are cut is into chapters is perfect and makes the whole thing very enjoyable, but I would have liked them to cut all of the hilarious on-stage talk and interaction from Johnny Hanson into their own chapters, it's great! Maybe some short interviews or backstage beer drinking footage too, but as it stands, the thing is worth every penny!"
A HANSON BROTHERS DVD! Oh, and there's NoMeansNo also on thi
Shlomo Sinatra | Alaska | 12/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"First off, for anybody reading this, I bought this for The Hanson Brothers; I am not into NoMeansNo, and am not qualified to write about THEM, just their alter-egos. I simply don't find NoMeansNo musically accessible enough for my tastes, no offense intended to ANY fans of theirs, or them, by any means.
So why write a review? Because The Hanson Brothers part is one of my favorite live concert videos I've EVER seen! Its HILARIOUS!
Most of my favorite songs by them are here, a few exceptions (I'd LOVE to see an actual performance of I'll Ask The 8-Ball, but hey, this vid is a gem!)
The interaction with Johnny Hanson and the crowd is hilarious, the drooling bassist caught me off-guard, the drummer with those glasses;
and the songs; great performances! Especially my theme song "Jack Off", which comes out BLASTING like no other song on here.
Some of the songs are better on the CDs, more polished (which ain't always a bad thing!), but this is a really exciting video.
I especially love the intro to Joey had To Go, a tribute to Joey Ramone;
and the version on here surpasses the studio version.
An awesome video, what can I say?
If you like The Hanson Brothers, you will LOVE this.
And if you like NoMeansNo, you will undoubtedly enjoy their performance as well; I'm sorry I cannot review that part properly; it's like if I tried to review, say, The Minutemen or something like that; I can respect the band but not into them; however the other reviews on here are from NoMeansNo fans, and I recommend checking those out for that part of this DVD.

As a Hanson Brothers fan?
Excellent, I recommend this HIGHLY!!!
As for ME:
"I've got my bird in hand, I've got my promised land
I'm going to hell. Pray for me.
I'm going to hell, I'm GOING TO HELLLLLLLLLL!!!"

Hanson Brothers rule!

(addendum: I went back and tried to give this 5 stars, for the half I love, but it won't let me!)
Total Goombah!"