A pseudo-documentary that utilizes concert footage taped in 1997 in 3 American cities; L7 play their hardcore music and attempt to survive in the "corporate world"... and end up selling their souls. Very tongue-in-cheek, and more a documentary for those-in-the-know, rather than wannabe hipsters. Written by
Fun low-budget return to indie-status for the queens of rock.
I've been a fan of L7 since 1992 (admittedly, thru their major-label exposure), and was surprised to see this video for sale at the local chain-music store. I was even more surprised when I saw that it was distributed by K Records, a classy but definitely non-major label. I soon found out that L7 had left the majors and started their own label, which is always a "Good Thing" (TM) with underground music.
This video seems to be a funny indictment on the major-label scene, as well as an apology for their having been on a major. Whatever the case, it's a fun ride for those-in-the-know, although it may be a bit perplexing and unentertaining for people only now getting on the L7 bandwagon.
The video is decidedly low-budget... very Richard Kern like. 8mm film is the rule, and the acting is atrocious. But, that's the whole point. L7 aren't actors- they're musicians who want to rock out, and not be burdened by the requirements and excesses of celebrity and contracts. The high points are definitely the live sets; L7 plays their standards, as well as new songs from the Beauty Process. The intervening comedic bits are funny the first few times around, but can be fast-forwarded through without fear of losing any kind of narrative thread.
In short- it's about time we get an L7 videocassette, and this is a promising side-gig for Krist Novaselic.
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