Circle Jerks 2004 Live video !
Circle Jerks - Live At The House Of Blues
Released on January 25, 2004 on Kung Fu Records.
Directed by Joe Escalante, recorded & mixed by Jon St. James and Andy Carpenter.
01. Letter Bomb
02. In Your Eyes
03. Stars and Stripes
04. All Wound Up
05. I Don't
06. Back Against the Wall
07. Behind the Door
08. I Just Want Some Skank
09. Beverly Hills
10. Anxious Boy
11. I, I and I
12. Paid Vacation
13. Deny Everything
14. Destroy You
15. The Crowd
16. Beat Me Senseless
17. Wild In The Streets
19. Coup D'Etat
20. Shit Hits The Fan
22. Junk Mail
23.World Up My Ass
24. Solitary Confinement
26. Red Tape
27. Nervous Breakdown
The Circle Jerks formed in Los Angeles in 1979. Founding Black Flag member Keith Morris brought the group together with guitarist Greg Hetson, bassist Roger Rogerson and drummer Lucky Lehrer.
The band released their debut album Group Sex in 1980, the same year appearing in Penelope Spheeris infamous documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization".
In the early 80s Rogerson and Lehrer would be out of the band, replaced by bassist Zander Schloss and drummer Keith Clark. The band called it quits by 1990.
The group reunited in 1995 to pursue a major label deal with Mercury Records resulting in the album "Oddities, Abnormalities, and Curiosities".
Three weeks into the supporting tour the group imploded, with Clark leaving the act for good. The Circle Jerks have continued to sporadically tour in the years since, their activity slowed due to Morris' diagnosis as a diabetic in 2000. Morris currently works in A&R at V2 Records and sings in OFF! while Hetson serves as a guitarist in Bad Religion.
Schloss has been serving as bassist for the reunited early LA punk band The Weirdos.
As a big fan of the Circle Jerks, I can definitely say Kung Fu did a good job on their latest live DVD featuring longtime LA hardcore legends the Circle Jerks. While I’ll nitpick over a few things, overall, it's worth the buy.
Right off the bat, there’s a light blue tint over the film, which I’m not sure is due to the lighting on the stage or what, but it’s annoying for the first few songs. But you get used to it after awhile. Other than that, the production, the sound, the editing and the overall quality of camera shots is great. When I watch any live footage of a show, I want to feel like I’m actually at the show. You get that and more. There’s probably half a dozen or so different camera shots of the band and it even goes down to the bass drum. There’s also a good balance of shots of the crowd as well which is nice to see. The circle pit is congested with some big, scary looking skinheads and punks. And as you might expect, the crowd goes off the most for all the Group Sex-era songs. Throw in some stage divers who got lucky enough to get past the security and you’ve got your typical Circle Jerks show.
For a bunch of 40-something year-olds, they can still get it done live.
Keith Morris, the alcoholic/cocaine addict/prick/asshole and his dreadlocks are as intense as ever while the rest of the band get a nice workout jumping around on stage. The sound is crisp and clear with no member of the band drowning each other out. The band tears through 27 songs in under an hour. Not surprisingly, the band focuses on their first (and best) 3 albums, Group Sex, Wild In The Streets and Golden Shower Of Hits. The rest of their catalog gets 1 or 2 nods per album. The highlight has to be Keith introducing the next song as “A sing along for the summertime. It goes like wild, running, wild, running…” and the crowd going insane. I won’t write down the whole set list, but all the classics and live staples are here with the exception of "Live Fast Die Young." They also throw in some Weirdos and Flesheaters covers and finish it all off with Black Flag’s "Nervous Breakdown" as only Keith can do.
This DVD is basically just a live show. The extras aren’t really too much to rave about. There’s a short preshow backstage introduction with Keith stretching and Greg Hetson doing this really cool magic trick. The band commentary is pretty lame for reasons Keith rightfully points out.
There is one feature that allows you to watch 5 simultaneous different camera angles for 3 songs, so if you just want to focus on the people beating each other up in the pit, check out the upper left corner.
While I had a hard time finding this DVD, I’m just glad the Circle Jerks got their due on film with a proper, professionally shot live show .
If you missed out on them in the 80's or never got to see them live on the last few tours, then be sure to pick this one up. (joeg - Punknews.org)
N'joy this excellent show you lucky J3RKs!
Video: XVID 720x480 23.98fps
Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 48000Hz stereo 192Kbps
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