The Decline of Western Civilization : The Metal Years
Back in the 80s, MTV was actually a decent source for music and not a station
known for idiotic shows such as "The Real World" or "TRL," that seem
to air non-stop! Many people caught on to the lifestyle of rock stars, (in this
video--particularly Glam/Hard Rock bands.) Several well-known bands, along with a few
bands that never made it, were included for candid, uncensored interviews; many of them
included one live stage show.
This entire video can be summed up in about four words: drugs, sex, money, and rock n'
Most of the bands interviewed seem too high to really respond with a resonable answer for
the questions asked. Nearly all of the bands seem to want non-stop sex, lots of money, as
many drugs as they can get their hands on, and to be a rock star until death. Dave
Mustaine's always a treat to see, and his response to Hair bands was rather humorous to
me, "It's not the size of the pencil; it's how you write your name." ;) Good
'ol, Dave. Other memorable moments include Alice Cooper, who is asked if he's happy with
the way many artists have taken his shock image to a success. His reply is something like,
'Many have gone successful; I'd like to wring their necks, but I won't mention any names.'
Kiss, perhaps? ;)
Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P. is seen soaking himself in
Vodka, sitting in a pool by his mother. He wants to be an alcoholic and and a rock star
(seems familiar.) Ozzy Osbourne talks while whipping up some food in the
kitchen, and boy were his old hair-doos something else. Lemmy of Motorhead
is the same straight-forward guy he's always been and puts forth a decent interview. Aerosmith
are seen here they would really hit their commercial prime a few years later.
I found myself fast-forwarding many of the live videos here. I'm
sorry; yes, they are that horrible. However, the video closes with a video of Megadeth's
"In My Darkest Hour," a song dedicated to the untimely death of the former
Metallica bassist. Great song, and it's a heavy-hitter.
Overall, I didn't like this video very much. Most of the bands put forth a horrible
interview, and to top it off, the performances weren't the greatest, either. Megadeth,
their live performance, Alice Cooper's interview, and Lemmy's interview are the only
segments that save this video. Viewed as a look into the 80s Hard Rock lifestyle--Where
are the METAL bands? There are much better videos out there..
Overall score: 68/100
Reviewed by Sam