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Radiohead -- 7 Television Commercials [DVD] [2003]
Radiohead -- 7 Television Commercials [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Colin Greenwood
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £5.82

14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be kept in context, 7 Sept. 2003
When I first watched this DVD, I was slightly disappointed. I thought to myself beforehand - This is Radiohead. It only lists 7 songs on the case, but there must obviously be more stuff, ie extras. I mean, who releases a dvd with 7 videos on it? Radiohead wouldn't be so shoddy, I thought. I was wrong - there are only 7 videos and NOTHING more on the DVD. But, to my pleasant surprise, I also realised this wasn't half as shoddy as I first imagined.
Each video, now seldom played on MTV, is superb and tells it's own unique story. Just and Paranoid Android especially have strong (and amusingly cynical) storylines.
Also, it must be worth noting that this is a 7 track DVD that costs just £10. If the DVD was £20 (like most similar music DVDs are - Smashing Pumpkins, U2, NIN, etc) then the 'not enough content' argument would work. But, at £10, the DVD is practically a steal.


Zero
Zero

5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best Pumpkins release ever, 27 July 2003
This review is from: Zero (Audio CD)
One of the most odd things that I have found about the Smashing Pumpkins is that their b-sides are often equal to, if not better than, their a-side 'superiors'. This EP proves my point perfectly. All of the tracks on this album (with the possible exception of Pastichio Medley, which I will explain further on) could be mistaken for album songs. If only all bands had leftovers like this. Here is my track-by-track guide:
Zero - The EP's main track, and the only track included on a SP album, Zero is a piece of finely tuned heavy rock. It is hard hitting and depressing, with an addictive riff running throughout.
God - Another hard hitting rock track, fairly similar in sound and structure to other Pumpkin's release Bullet with Butterfly Wings.
Mouthes of Babes - Again, a heavily distorted track with an amazing riff, but more laid back than the previous two tracks, more complex.
Tribute to Johnny - A change of pace, this track is a grungey (is that even a word?!) instrumental, reminiscent of the Pumpkins Gish era sound. The track is frequently interlaced with fantastic guitar solos.
Marquis in Spades - The EP's best moment, this track is awesome. Grunge style guitars and hatefull vocals drive you into some sort of world of it's own. This song crushes anything by Soundgarden, Nirvana and Alice in Chains, the supposed kings of 90s rock. Utterly bewildering.
Pennies - Possibly the only moment on the track that doesn't crush you with ultra-heavy distortion, Pennies provides a welcome change of sound. It has a catchy, crisp riff and sad, gentle lyrics.
Pastichio Medley - The final track on the EP, this is quite a note to leave on. At 21 minutes long, this instrumental is a collection of roughly 70 different riffs, almost all of which were never actually used, almost all of which are very good. The song begins to drag terribly at around the 15 minute mark, but everything before then is at least worth a listen.
I had better stop now, because I'm gushing. This is not an essential perchase for those only interested in the Smashing Pumpkins more commercial songs, but for *proper* fans, this is a MUST. Rock on.


Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Price: £7.67

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 12 April 2003
Wow. It's hard to know where to start wher you're faced with an album like this. Mellon Collie was the pinnacle in the Smashing Pumpkins career, and by golly, it shows. From the raging guitars of X.Y.U, to the sweet acoustics of Stubeliene, to the spooky electric sounds of Love, and the fast-slow-heavy-soft masterpiece that is Thru the Eyes of Ruby, the album feels more like an adventure than a CD. Not everything on the album is great, though: We Only Come Out at Night is weak to say the least, and some of the more lengthly songs like Porcelina of the Vast Oceans just get boring. Every album has it's high and low points (especially if it's a 2 disc epic), but when the high points are so frequent and beautiful, it becomes hard to stop listening. Better than Siamese Dream by a mile.


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