The Vibrators – Live Energized CBGB 2004
Sound: B- Extras: B- Concert: B-
The Vibrators are one of the great British Punk bands, and
we mean from the original era. Starting
with Pure Mania in 1977, the band claimed their unique position in the
genre before it started to repeat itself.
Having survived all these years one way or the other, here they are on
DVD 27 years later in Live Energized, which takes place at CBGBs. Taking place September 23, 2004, the set
runs 65 minutes and is bookended by two of their best known songs:
Love Is Fading Away
Kid’s A Mess
4) I Need A
5) I Knew
It Must Be Love
8) He’s A
10) New Brain
11) Whips & Furs
12) So Far Down
13) Baby Baby
14) Disco In Mosco
16) London Girls
17) Judy Says (Knock You In The Head)
18) Brand New Cadillac
19) Amphetamine Blue
20) Bad Time
21) Pure Mania
22) Wrecked On You
23) Yeah Yeah Yeah
The performances are not bad considering how long ago
these songs were first performed, The band has not sold out, and aged
gracefully, coming across with more Punk authenticity now than most of the new
second, third and fourth generation bands in the genre do now. One just wishes the concert were longer. There were more classics to do, but this is
a great playlist of some of the most key.
Now that’s the Punk spirit.
The letterboxed 1.78 X 1/16 X 9 concert is taped and has
both Video Black and fine detail issues, but is clearer and more color
consistent than many such concerts simply because someone shot it right. That can make a difference and it does
here. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is not
great or strong, but is somewhat clear if not sonically spectacular and a bit
better than the Dolby 2.0 Stereo option.
Extras include two interview segments.
The CBGB interview is over 37 minutes long and in eight sections, while
the Hoboken Interview is a much briefer 5:26, but they have much to say and
current-generation Punk fans in particular need to check these out.
- Nicholas Sheffo