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2.0 out of 5 stars 'Fair' - could have been better (considering the 'heavyweights' involved), 7 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: Scott Walker - 30 Century Man [DVD] (DVD)
If you are one of the few who admire Scott Walker for his actual work (both original &/or more recent), rather than the clichéd `cult-status' that many seem to wallow in, then this DVD can only be described as `fair' - if that.

It boasts collaborations from or interviews with some of the most irrelevant no-marks & has-beens that ever existed on this side of Sirius-B & most of whom look like they had just been dug-up especially for the occasion (or perhaps to resurrect their waning `careers'...?), tho', very little (original) footage of Scott Walker, himself.

`Lulu', for instance, rambles-on like your Aunty after a few sherries about how `gorgeous' Scott Walker was (sigh...); then there is the tedious, whingeing, middle-England `Radiohead' (who are far from `gorgeous' - it has to be said), hiding behind their gravity-defying fringes... & who contributed little other than the proverbial `skinny-white-boy' naval-gazing, staring at old dog-eared album-covers, occasionally mumbling something... or other... of insignificance - like spotty adolescents ogling at a scan-mag; then you have the self-styled lower-middle-class anti-hero, Jarvis Cocker, with that (contrived to the extreme) `jaded pop-star' look - as inarticulate as any Sociology drop-out of Sheffield Polytech could possibly be, punctuating every other word with `you know', `sort of', `kinda', `like', `dunno, really...' - very informative, indeed. Then, the equally-talentless Marc Almond... who comes over as just a pastiche of a pastiche (tho', he always did, come to think of it). Brian Eno, too - there's no show without Punch, as they say - (known perhaps more for the quantity of his work, rather than its quality); tho', he's not exactly 'Mr. Personality', it has to be said & it's a little like listening to an Open University professor talk about cavity wall insulation or something. Then there's David Bowie, himself - making a cameo-appearance, as it were... but he seems to be lost for words (somehow I can't believe that `the Duke' is as inarticulate as the other degenerates he paid beer-money for appearing on his DVD, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, as he may well understand that the less 'said' about music, the better).

At this point, I also have to ask (myself) why the most over-rated egg-head in creation, `Sting' is included on this DVD, at all (you may as well get Phil Collins & Dire Straights, too - bring e'm all in...!), as he sits at the opposite end of the musical spectrum to Scott Walker: his `de-doo-doo-do, de-dah-dah-da' just about sums-up his contribution here (which has less than negative value, to be honest).

There also are a number of other interviewees, who I'd never heard of... & never hope to hear of again - some of whom looked like they had escaped from Rampton - & so no further comment is warranted on either... (tho', there may be scope for a run-off series about how eugenics may not actually be as bad as all that).

The only people that were perhaps not worthy of editing-out completely were Damon Albarn & Neil Hannon (mainly because they were just a little more articulate than their rent-a-mob 'contemporaries' )... tho' Neil admitted he didn't understand that in true art there is no ego... (hmmm...)... (I mean, he's right, of course - which is why most popular music is not 'true art').
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2008 11:20:37 GMT
C. O'Brien says:
What a pointless review. Almost nothing but a load of schoolgirly bitching about the various interviewees....! Doesn't actually come to grips with a criticism of the content or why the reviewer "wishes it had never been made" at all.

Posted on 9 Feb 2008 09:17:00 GMT
rhubub says:
The reason Julian Cope didn't appear is probably because he doesn't really like Scott Walker that much any more.

Posted on 9 Feb 2008 17:00:41 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2008 06:44:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jul 2009 14:08:05 BDT
It would be fair to assume that he didn't like Scott's 'recent stuff' [ he probably only ever really liked only his four solo albums, actually ], but that's not the reason he didn't appear - he tends not to appear in interviews, even for his own stuff or Teardrops' or Krautrock, etc. - it's just his way. Maybe he doesn't want to meet his 'heroes', either [ I wouldn't ]... as is often the case, the 'magic' is destroyed: similarly, subjective discourse [ 'talking'... aimlessly ] about something that one regards as art [ or even 'above' art ] does tend to destroy the magic; hence the tone of my review [ which seems to have upset a lot of people ]: tho', it's still just an opinion... [ I'd have preferred if it was just two houirs of video/music ].

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2008 06:46:27 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2008 23:16:11 GMT
Scooterboy says:
i agree with you. this person is obviously some failed musician or writer whose only creative outlet is writing 'critiques' on amazon. the envy is self evident. this persons closing suggestion that he/she somehow has a better insight of the mystery of scott walker than the the film's director is quite simply laughable.

Posted on 19 Dec 2008 11:37:25 GMT
Gzarnanplat says:
Worthless drivel. Go grind your axes somewhere else. "Antonius Block" indeed.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2009 11:47:18 GMT
Says 'Gzarnanplat'...? Pphhh...

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2009 11:52:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jan 2013 20:25:22 GMT
Thanks for your amateur psychology, Scooterboy... but, perhaps you can tell us of what I am supposed to be envious... & why you write with a small 'i', too...?
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