God Save the Queen: A Punk Rock Anthology

DVD Reviews | Feb 12th, 2006

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Starring Dead Boys, Johnny Thunders, Buzzcocks, Subhumans, UK Subs, Iggy, Adicts, Exploited, Sham 69
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Studio: MVD
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This is a video compilation featuring a lot of 70’s punk rock. The DVD contains a lot of live concert footage, plus some interviews with some bands and people involved in the punk rock scene. The first video is the Dead Boys “Sonic Reducer” and that’s a really good song. I’ve heard that song on various compilations before but never really listened to the Dead Boys. That’s what’s good about compilations, especially about older bands because I never heard of some of these bands before. So after seeing this sort of stuff, makes me want to get all their CDs now.

Johnny Thunders performed “Born To Lose” and then there’s a really awkward interview with him, which clearly seems like he’s either still on drugs or wants to be. It’s a really depressing interview and the guy makes me want to slit my wrists. I don’t really know anything about Johnny Thunders, yes I lead a very sheltered life. I never grew up with a lot of these bands so i’m just getting into most of them now. I grew up with bands like Dead Kennedys, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Subhumans, Agnostic Front, Anti Nowhere League and Minor Threat. I did hear The Exploited, GBH and Sham 69 as well but never got into them into later in my punk life.

I enjoyed the videos of the The UK Subs, Subhumans, 999, The Exploited and The Adicts a lot. I literally just got into The Adicts a few months ago because I never really heard of them. I never knew they were the inspiration for A Clockwork Orange, that’s pretty damn cool! A lot of these videos & footage are from other videos from the past, so this is just a compilation basically. Some of the footage is pretty recent like the Iggy & The Stooges, and The Subhumans live videos. I liked seeing the Generation X stuff because Billy Idol was in the band. That guy still has that blonde spiky hair! Plus the song is awesome as well. I’m not sure this DVD is worth buying but I enjoyed watching it because I never saw a lot of these videos before. This DVD is also a good video comp for the newbie punk.

1. Dead Boys – “Sonic Reducer”
2. Johnny Thunders – “Born To Lose”
3. UK Subs – “CID”
4. Germs – “Media Blitz”
5. Iggy & The Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog”
6. The Adicts “Viva La Revolution”
7. Buzzcocks – “Boredom”
8. The Exploited – “Fuck The USA”
9. Subhumans – “Big City”
10. Marky Ramone talks about The Ramones
11. Vice Squad – “Stand Strong, Stand Proud” (with interview)
12. Generation X “Your Generation” (with interview)
13. Toy Dolls – “Nellie The Elephant”
14. Chelsea – “Right To Work”
15. X-Ray Spex – “Identity” (with interview)
16. 999 – “Homicide”
17. Blitz – “New Age”
18. GBH – “Generals”
19. Goldblade – “Black Sheep Radical”
20.Sham 69 – “Tell Us The Truth”

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Standard 1.33:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: The Adicts “Viva La Revolution,”Buzzcocks “Boredom,” The Exploited – “Fuck The USA,”Subhumans – “Big City,”Generation X “Your Generation”
Rating: NR
Running Time: 75 minutes
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