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The Dead Boys

Return of the Living Dead Boys - Halloween Night 1986 DVD

Review by Gary Hill

For my money when you are talking old school punk you just don't get any better than The Dead Boys. On Halloween 1986 the band did a reunion gig at the Ritz in NYC. Introduced by Joey Ramone, the group went on to make their way through a powerhouse set. They showed that they still had everything it took to be The Dead Boys. Opening and closing with their raw anthem, "Sonic Reducer," they included favorites like "All This and More," "Caught With the Meat in Your Mouth," "Ain't Nothing To Do" and more. They also include a smoking cover of "Search and Destroy." The show is on fire! The film is suitably raw, shot from the audience. It's still fairly clean in terms of video and audio, though. All the glory of a punk show in terms of stage divers and the whole scene is captured here. This was an incredible show and the video lives up to every bit of it. We also get a cool bonus in the form of a 1980 TV interview of Stiv Bators. That interview section includes a great video of "Sonic Reducer," too. All in all, if you like old school punk you "must have" this! If you have ever wondered what it's all about, pick this one up, too. It's the real deal.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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