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East End Babylon: The Story of the Cockney Rejects

Score: 70%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: MVD Entertainment Group
Region: 1
Media: DVD/1
Running Time: 104 Mins.
Genre: Documentary/Independent
Audio: Stereo Digital 2.0, Surround
           Sound Digital 5.1

Subtitles: French, German, Italian, Spanish

Features:

  • East End Babylon
  • Where the Hell is Babylon?
  • Canvey Islands
  • How Many Rejects?
  • It's All Right?
  • Tour Memories
  • Back to the Start
  • Brighthouse Stories
  • Reject Acoustic Set
  • Jeff Turner at West Working Men's Club
  • Silvertown

East End Babylon: The Story of the Cockney Rejects, released by Cadiz Music, is a documentary based on the history of the band, the Cockney Rejects, with interviews of lead members: Stinky Turner, Mickey Geggus (and his mother, Gene), Vinny Riordan, Tony Van Frater, Stephen Harmer, and Andrew Laing, as well as their original manager, Garry Bushell.

The Cockney Rejects formed in East London in the late 70's, on the spur of punk's demise and the start of the Oi! movement: a more tough, fist-pumping sub-genre inspired by working class bands brought up in the UK's industrial setting. Combining the classic punk rock sound with their love of beer, boxing and football, the Cockney Rejects got a break in 1979 and met cult status with their first single Flares 'N' Slippers. East End Babylon: The Story of The Cockney Rejects follows the band through tales of upbringing, concerts, the music industry, and eventually the fall -- only for them to finally meet critical acclaim years after their break-up.

Cockney Rejects fans should enjoy this DVD, accompanying the 2012 release of the album East of Babylon, as they learn about the band going though their success, their mayhem, and inadvertently starting a neo-Nazi skinhead following in the process. If you aren't British, it may be hard to understand their English as the band's dialect is pretty thick. There are no subtitles in English, but are available in French, Spanish, German and Italian. Extras are more interviews including some by Lee Dury and Darren Murphy of Eraser Head and Wasted Youth.

For both fans and non-fans, East End Babylon: The Story of the Cockney Rejects is a good DVD to have in any rock collection either for yourself or for a stocking stuffer this holiday season.



-Ravebaby, GameVortex Communications
AKA Josh Daniel

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