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Umbrellas In The Sun (DVD)

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It is said that the very best music transcends the boundaries of time but few could argue that the so-called "cutting edge" videos from over a decade ago can hold up to scrutiny nowadays. In the case of the - even for their time - low budget promos and studio sets on 'Umbrellas In The Sun', it's a fact that is celebrated. Granted, over two hours of material from the Factory Records and Crepuscule stables is hard to take in one sitting (a near half-hour recording of obscure Belgium act Marine can surely only appeal to die-hards of the band only) but odd curveballs are thrown in to make this journey worthwhile. The naive imagination shown by Thick Pigeon and Antena offers a contrast to the slate-grey miserablism of Crispy Amulance and Section 25. There's a rare early live recording of New Order in action with Bernard Sumner clearly having one of his off-days "singing" 'Everything's Gone Green' but the real outstanding moment is a young-looking Vini Reilly filmed in the beautiful setting of 'Marie Louise Gardens' playing through The Durutti Column classic 'Never Known'. Compared to the Cherry Red 'Pillows And Prayers' compilation, the lack of humour and inventiveness will make this a second choice in many people's eyes but then again this contains twenty-two chances to see some usually camera-shy post-punk acts in action; surely something that none of their fans would have thought possible until now.
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01 Antena - The Boy From Ipanema
02 A Certain Ratio - Back To The Start
03 Josef K - Sorry For Laughing
04 Cabaret Voltaire - Sluggin' Fer Jesus (Part One)
05 Marine - A Proposito Dei Napoli
06 Section 25 - New Horizon
07 The Names - Nightshift
Standout Track The Durutti Column - Marie Louise Gardens
09 New Order - Everything's Gone Green (Live 1981)
10 Crispy Ambulance - The Presence
11 Minny Pops - Dolphin's Spurt
12 Malaria! - White Sky, White Sea (Live 1982)
13 Berntholer - My Suitor
14 Tuxedomoon - Litebulb Overkill/Jinx (Live 1980)
15 Thick Pigeon - Wheels Over Indian Trails
16 Paul Haig - Heaven Sent (Live 1983)
17 Kalima - Trickery
18 Stockholm Monsters - Partyline (Live 1987)
19 Swamp Children - You've Got Me Beat (Live 1982)
20 Kalima - The Shining Hour
21 Quando Quango - Go Exciting (Live 1983)
22 Marine - Une Soiree Avec...

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Also Recommended:
Crispy Ambulance - The Plateau Phase, Frozen Blood, Scissorgun, The Power Blind Dream
Josef K - Crazy To Exist (Live)
Marine - Life In Reverse
Names, The - Swimming + Singles
Section 25 - Love & Hate (In The English Countryside), From The Hip
Stockholm Monsters - Alma Mater Plus, All At Once (Singles 1981-1987)
Thick Pigeon - Too Crazy Cowboys, Mirandadali
Various Artists - Pillows & Prayers DVD
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