I've watched my fair share of fly on the wall music documentaries most of them are of a fairly poor quality. Typically the content is 20 minutes worth of shaky cam action of lame practical jokes and artists talking complete and utter tripe to the camera padded out with live performances and their entire catalogue of music videos.
There are exceptions to this rule "A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica", "Don't Look Back In Anger" and "The Beatles Anthology" to name a few. This movie however is a different breed, all the previous titles truly are a testament to the time period they were filmed. For a great deal of people the 80's were Metallica and Guns 'n' Roses just as the 60's for a great deal of people were The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Hendrix and Dylan.
One Fierce Beer Run can't be ranked with these movies as The Bloodhound Gang are not the 90's or even the 00's. They're just a group of kids that made a few pretty cool songs and enjoyed a little success, this documentary was filmed while they were still up and coming and it's probably a good idea that they held off on the release because this DVD may well have limited their success.
Most of the time watching a documentary like the ones listed above you watch with a sense of wonder. You imagine how great it must have been in those stadiums, on those stages, singing those songs. After watching One Fierce Beer Coaster I was left with the overwhelming feeling of relief that this is not my life, anyone who has ever watched Jackass will have a pretty good idea of what life is like in The Bloodhound Gang.
That's not to say this is a bad DVD or that they are bad people. The reason I believe this is because this has to be the most truthful representation of what life is like touring. Most people believe that touring is a luxury life filled with glamour and excitement the reality is however quite different and that is what is shown here.
Long in depth discussions about the most mundane subjects you can imagine are shown in full detail, people are singled out for random bouts of victimization through nothing more than boredom. I'm struggling to not give out spoilers here so I'll just run of a list of incidents you can expect to see without naming anyone.
You can expect to see a ton of arguments. You can expect to see varying degrees of humiliation. You can expect to see plenty of drinking. You can even expect to see people revealing homosexual encounters...I kid you not.
If you want to know what life is really like touring for anyone selling less than Eminem and Madonna this is a good place to start. If anything this should be compulsory viewing for American Idol contestants.
If you really want to follow your dream this is the route you should have to take, this is what you do to earn your status. Jumping from singing in your shower to a stage on that kind of scale is a slap in the face to every hard working band out there living the reality rather than the made for TV fantasy.
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