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“Return Of The Living Dead Boys: Halloween Night 1986” by Dead Boys

Artist: Dead Boys
Title: “Return Of The Living Dead Boys: Halloween Night 1986”
Label: MVD Visual
Release Date: 3/8/2008
Genre: Punk Rock
Rating: 2.5/5

The Dead Boys were one of the more influential of the Punk Rock groups of their day, and when the Cleveland band which formed in 1975 relocated to New York City at the suggestion of the Ramones, they became a part of the ever growing scene in the region. The band was known for being outrageous and obnoxious onstage and they often offended many with their live shows – hey this is Punk and not some placid Pop music after all. Over the course of their career they would only deliver two full length albums before breaking up but it should be noted that a number of bootlegs are in existence. Eventually a reunion show would be planned and held on Halloween Night at New York City’s legendary venue The Ritz. This was an amazing place to see shows and 1986 was an even more incredible time for the music scene with so much going on and so many bands to enjoy. This DVD captures the reunion show at the venue now known as Webster Hall and it delivers a cornucopia of the bands most popular numbers. The sound is rather good for the performance and must have been a straight feed from the soundboard since I can hardly hear any crowd noise. The downside is that it is shot from one straight camera angle which leads me to believe that there was a lone camera positioned at the other side of the venue. We do get some decent close ups but there wasn’t someone stationed in the photo pit or on the side where different visuals could be worked in.
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