What a pleasant surprise when I got this disc from the Library, having seen his show at the Second Chance in Ann Arbor years ago, I knew what to expect but to find the first album included was brilliant, its a great transition from his Dolls work to the solo work, with the classic Funky but Chic, Girls, Lonely Tenement and Frenchette . All his songs have a great impact, the only weakness for me has always been his inability to end a song, in concert this is great but in a studio it diminishes the strength of the track for me, being from the "leave them wanting more" school. Now onto the "Live it Up" portion of the disc, there are some great live recordings here, the Animals medley, Frenchette, Funky But Chic, Stranded in the Jungle and a nice finale of Personality Crisis . There are other good songs here, but the one's I've mentioned are the gems for me. Hearing the live stuff again reminded me of how great a venue like The Second Chance was and how it is needed now more than ever, with performances from the Ramones,Wall of Voodoo, Divine, The Dead Boys, Sonic Rendezvous and so many more, damn this used to be a fun town.
This DVD doesn't contain all the footage but it does have a lot of great performances not to be missed
I'm a fan of the early 70's Coop, and as so I've always wanted to hear the first album and now I'm glad I never did. The first effort is so disjointed and without direction, that it's amazing when you hear the second album Easy Action, which starts to give you a preview of coming attractions with references to West Side Story, a subject brought up again later on Schools Out. So listen to this and wonder at the jump made from this to Easy Action to Love it to Death,Killer,Schools Out,Billion Dollar Babies and finally Muscle of Love which for me is the last album, I know Welcome to my Nightmare is liked by many, it was a little too soft and schlocky for me, to each their own.
Really very disappointing, not funny, not scarey and not interesting either.
Not many bands age well,especially so called big star acts, really good bands that get ignored by the radio and corporations just seem to fade away with time. Wire is a band I thought was done, my mistake, on their recent release Red Barked Tree they seem to have slowed down a little but the words and music is still great. So, do yourself a favor and throw that gaga cd out your car window and pop in Red Barked Tree, select track 4, crank it up and head on down the road, happy to have your brain back.