REVIEW: Various Artist - "Gothic Industrial Madness" DVD

By Dan Century

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Industrial Madness DVDThe music video is dead: all the evidence you'll need is MTV. The few videos you'll find on MTV are an anemic assortment of corporate cookie-cutter shit. Huge post-Tijuana volcanic diarrhea shit-storms of useless mind embalming CRAP!!! When was the last time you saw an Industrial or Gothic video on TV anyway? 1993? So who cares, right?

Gothic Industrial Madness is all the evidence you'll need as to why Industrial videos never get airtime: for the most part they're fucking awful. Stale clichés, poor quality and boring plots make for bad entertainment (bad meaning bad, not bad meaning good). As soon as I'm done with this review, I'm selling this DVD on Ebay.

Gothic Industrial Madness does have some shining moments: live footage of Foetus and Einsturzende Neubauten, a classic video from Clock DVA, and a sampling of great songs from Pigface, Cubinate, Leaether Strip have me thinking twice about auctioning this DVD off to the highest sucker, I mean bidder.

Highlights:

Clock DVA, The Hacker: A genuine classic. 1988 quality computer graphics strobed on screen tell the story of the hacker-this was back when hackers would move satellites out of orbit or steal information from CIA mainframes, not Mickey Mouse stuff like Web site defacing. Images as fresh today as they were 13 years ago.

Foetus, I'll Meet You In Poland (live): a great circa 1990 performance by the heaviest band I've ever witnessed. Heavier than Black Sabbath, heavier than the Melvins!

Einsturzende Neubauten, Headcleaner (live): A Neubauten live show is something that should be witnessed by all, and this clip should give you some insight as to why they're heralded as gods of the genre.

Pigface, Little Sisters: The best song ever recorded by Pigface, when they were essentially Ministry sans Al Jourgensen. A nice flashback for Ministry fans circa A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste. Great for those of us living in the past, but nothing special for the rest of you.

William S. Burroughs, Commissioner of Sewers: the funniest guy you'd never let baby-sit your 6 year old son, but seriously this is a great montage of Burroughs spoken word and video. Fans should check it out.

Leaether Strip, No Rest For the Wicked: I appreciate the Betty Page look-a-like, but Klaus Larsen looks like a lump of soft dough - Klaus: fill my screen with ladies dressed in PVC body suits, but save the cookie-puss for the side of a milk carton.

Cubinate, Body Burn: one of the few agro classics to come from the mid-90s. The video is a washed out mess, but I forgive them for such a great song.

Leaether Strip, Evil Speaks: An outstanding song from one of the few good Skinny Puppy/FLA imitators. Lousy video.

If you want to see some good Industrial or Gothic videos, buy Wax Trax!'s Black Box video compilations immediately.

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