Monday, May 31, 2010

Terminal Boredom: Imperial Dogs DVD Is 'A Great Set' Of 'Gonzo Stoogoid Tracks'!

"A great set, especially considering the year, showing off a band that coulda been a contender" ... "'This Ain't the Summer of Love' (later appropriated by BOC) is an under-appreciated proto-classic, and gonzo Stoogoid tracks like 'Amphetamine Superman' and 'Midnite Dog' aren't far behind. They whip through a baker's dozen to blank stares and open mouths, and the absence of crowd reaction provides humorous context" ... "Great costumes (fur pants, no shirts, chains, great hair, swazis) enhance vocalist Don Waller's crowd-baiting performance," says veteran rock aficionado/journo Rich K, writing about the Imperial Dogs' Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD here (scroll about half-way down the page) at the electronic version of his long-running Terminal Boredom 'zine.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Roctober: ' This Imperial Dogs DVD Is Amazing'!

"This DVD is amazing, not merely for the content (Stooges-esque proto-punk from before many were doing such a thing), but for what it is (a videotaped performance of an obscure band before ANYONE was considering doing such a thing)" ... "Half the fun is seeing the audience not knowing how the hell to react, the rest of the fun is seeing [Don] Waller strutting, crawling, and doing his best degenerate, abusive, white guy version of the theatricality he already loved in James Brown and Co." ... "the shoulda been classic songs like 'Just Kids,' 'Amphetamine Superman,' and their claim to fame 'This Ain't the Summer of Love,' which they sold to Blue Oyster Cult, who really just used the title (this version is scarier) make this a hard product to pass up," writes veteran journalist/author/"Chic-A-Go-Go" cable TV producer Jake Austen, reviewing the Imperial Dogs' Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD here at the electronic version of his long-running Roctober magazine.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Blitz Declares Imperial Dogs DVD 'A War On Mediocrity'!

"Nothing less than a declaration of war on mediocrity" ... "The Imperial Dogs espoused a refreshing individualism that, while not bereft of convention, nonetheless provided the catalyst for the groundswell that was to come" ... "Their victory (and ultimately ours) was nonetheless a righteous one," says veteran journalist Michael McDowell, writing about the Imperial Dogs' Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD here at the online version of his Blitz fanzine, which he began publishing way back in 1975.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Imperial Dogs' 'Just Kids' Makes World-Wide Broadcast Debut On 'Chic-A-Go-Go' TV Show!

It's only fitting that the Imperial Dogs' video performance of "Just Kids" makes its world-wide broadcast debut on "Chic-A-Go-Go" -- a music show "for kids of all ages" that's been airing weekly on Chicago's public access TV since 1996 (!). "Chic-A-Go-Go" is the brainchild of Jake Austen -- author of TV A-Go-Go: Rock on TV from American Bandstand to American Idol and creator of the long-running, Chicago-based Roctober fanzine.

If you're in the Chicago area, the Imperial Dogs' segment is set to air on Channel 19 at 8:30pm on Tuesday, May 25 and repeat at 3:30pm on Wednesday, May 26, but you can see it here now. (This video footage also can be found on the Imperial Dogs'Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD.)

The segment opens with Imperial Dogs frontman Don Waller being interviewed by the show's host, Ratso, on subjects ranging from the I-Dogs DVD to his involvement in the recently released The T.A.M.I. Show DVD and the legendary Back Door Man fanzine to his advice to the young people of America.