Voodoo Rhythm, The Gospel of Primitive Rock’n’Roll: DVD

Jul 16, 2007

A two-hour doc on Voodoo Rhythm Records, a solid label run by Swiss mastermind Reverend Beat-Man. Tagged as “A movie to ruin any party!”, it’s really a movie that will reinforce your will to party. The Rev. is so driven, so passionate, so loveable, and so damn good as a performer, it’s impossible not to get caught up in his vibe and want to send him money. The Beat-Man has a long history of over-the-top shows, from actual wrestling and on-stage hi-jinks, to plain hammering it out as a one-man band. He decided there needed to be a label to put his stuff out, so he started his own one. Genius. The rest of the bands range from interesting to kick ass. This doc is well-made, and contains good interview footage that is not boring; a big change for a music doc—actual good stories! Live footage looks and sounds great, too. The burlesque sequence leaves a lot to be desired (no irony intended), and you are only going to get a certain range of rock’n’roll here. But when the fuzz is good, it’s great. –Speedway Randy (Voodoo Rhythm, Jurastrasse 15, 3013 Bern, Switzerland)