Thursday, November 13, 2003

Review - Sub Pop Video Network: Program 1

Artist: Various Artists

Posted on Thu, Nov 13, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Sub Pop Video Network: Program 1
Label: Sub Pop
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Sub Pop Video Network: Program 1

Wow, this stuff was awful. Of the 13 videos included here, maybe five come close to capturing the vibe of early-'90s grunge worship: two by Mudhoney ("Here Comes Sickness," "This Gift") and one each by Nirvana ("In Bloom"), the Fluid ("Black Glove") and the Dwarves ("Drugstore"). The Nirvana video, a pre-Geffen version of the song that featured Chad Channing on drums, is funny and totally rockin', and is quite illustrative of the top-of-the-small-heap attitude Sub Pop had at the time. Similarly, the live footage of Mudhoney, the Fluid and the ever-incendiary Dwarves showcases the explosive potential of this music. The rest of the videos are sad examples of the uncomfortable "transition period" Sub Pop went through as their hype-wave crested. To think that, back in the day, the underground rock scene tolerated crap the likes of the Walkabouts and Seaweed .... And though "Wood Goblins" is a great Tad song, did we really need to see any video with a 300-pound fake lumberjack as the star? This set was originally compiled as a VHS tape back in 1991 and definitely shows its age. Nostalgic if you were there, painful if you're a pretender.

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