DVDs are acceptable Christmas presents, aren’t they? If you agree, here are a few that might fit into your friends’ stockings and are all available in Tower Records.
Hedwig & The Angry Inch
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell, who also plays the main character Hedwig, this is the definitive DVD for all of us out there who love tragedy with kickass soundtracks. Telling the story of Hedwig, a transexual who escapes from East Berlin through a doomed marriage to a US soldier, and how Hedwig overcomes the physical and emotional pain of a botched sex operation by resorting to the powers of punk rock. It’s one of my favourite films of all time.
This documentary, released back in 2002, is a must have for anyone interested in DJing – but not the wedding Grease medley type DJs. With interviews from DJ pioneers such as Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys, Jurassic 5’s Cut Chemist & NuMark, DJ Q-bert, DJ Krush, and loads more, it gives an extensive insight into the history of scratching and indeed hip hop itself. Highly enjoyable viewing, even if it doesn’t have this amazing clip of these two young trail blazers:
Well, come on, it’s brilliant, innit? It has one of the most hilraious scenes of all time, wherein Kevin Bacon lets go of his anger and frustration by having a major dance session in an abandoned warehouse. Ahhh the 80s.
These DVDs should all be available for reasonable retailing in Tower Records. I’m off to buy some last minute pressies myself before the show this evening.