End of the century — the story of the Ramones
Directed by Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia
This touching rock documentary gives an insight into the band and the New York punk/new wave scene of 1976. It is a reminder of how revolutionary their fast, loud and minimal music initially was. You don’t need to have their records to enjoy this.
STRIPPING DOWN songs like The Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks” and The Clash’s “Guns of Brixton” to their basic chord structure, Nouvelle Vague perform them in a Bossa Nova style on this album.
They asked some young singers who had never heard the songs before to sing on each track, and in the process what we get is a unique way to hear our favourite new wave songs. This album is well worth seeking out.
By Virtual Migrants
Watermans, 40 High Street, Ealing, London
Virtual Migrants are a collective of politically engaged artists. Their exhibition, Terminal Frontiers: Deportation, Terror and Murder by Paper, is a series of interactive video installations that explore asylum and migration.
Terminal Frontiers involves devices ranging from Tang Dynasty poetry to interactive software programming and sets work from professional artists alongside collaborations with local people.
Released 31 January
The success of The Others so far has been based on their exciting live shows and a series of “guerrilla gigs”—at locations including a tube carriage, a BBC foyer, Abbey Road and in Regents Park.
Their songs talk about what it’s like to be young, poor and alienated. This album, while good in places, lacks the energy and excitement of their live performances.
But if you want a taster of a band set for big things this year, this is a good place to start.