Thrash Hits

August 11th, 2008

DVD: Bowling For Soup – Live And Very Attractive

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Bowling For Soup
Live and Very Attractive
A&G Records

by Hugh Platt

Live videos are tough to get right. Get it wrong, and it’s a dullard’s cut’n’shut of live clips and lung-numbingly dull shots of the band lurking inside airport lounges. Get it right though, and you’ve got something as fascinating as Lamb of God’s warts’n’all Walk With Me In Hell.

Now Bowling For Soup have decided to cement their position as the kings of toilet-humour punk with Live and Very Attractive, shot during their last year’s UK jaunt at the Manchester Apollo.

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The gig itself is 90 minutes of songs you’ll have absorbed like punk rock radiation. ‘1985’, ‘Punk Rock 101’, and ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’. It’s a fine performance – it’s everything else on the DVD that’s the problem.

Live and Very Attractive talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. The band talks and talks about the antics they get up to on tour, but they don’t actually do… well… anything.

Older, married, and less likely to set fire to each others farts these days, the only thing duller than this, is that time at a gig before the headliner when all you have to is gauge whether you’ve got time to hit the bar or not.

Watch an interview with director of the “fun and crazy film”, King Hollis

The band even manages to make the commentary track even greyer than that of a regular DVD. The most exciting bit is when two of them go to the toilet at the same time.

Towards the end of the DVD, there’s a rare moment of collective post-gig drunkenness. “Usually within 20 minutes,” the bus driver slurs, “Bowling For Soup are in bed,” while BFS bassist Erik Chandler creases up in a silent cackle of tacit agreement.

It’s hard not to find this moment to be all too precise a summing up of the whole Bowling For Soup DVD experience.


Live And Very Attractive by Bowling For Soup is out now on A&G Records