Speedfreak’s Ball, The: DVD

Feb 26, 2007

The good Captain has ventured into the world of DVD and this, his first release, ain’t too shabby. Although personal tastes may vary, the punk/oi/ska/psychobilly-heavy lineup of bands—Guana Batz, Restless, Coffin Nails, Long Tall Texans, Bad Manners, The Riffs, Roddy Radiation & The Skabilly Rebels, Goldblade, Guns On The Roof, The Business, Argy Bargy, Section 5, and Crashed Out—makes sure that fans from each of those genres will find much here to please the eyeballs. The footage is shot with multiple cameras, the sound, while a wee bit rough in some spots, never gets any worse than “good,” and the performances are for the most part spirited, with the mighty Bad Manners still able to blow all competition out of the fuggin’ water. The lack of extras to be found on here was a bummer, but, on the whole, this is a nice initial foray into DVD and more than worth the watch. –Jimmy Alvarado (Captain Oi, c/o PO Box 501, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP10 8QA)