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Nothing Is Cool

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Nothing Is Cool

Current Status:
In Season
Documentary, musical

We gave it a B+

For those who can’t tell the difference between EMF and the KLF (or much care), these British invaders from the UK indie scene might elicit a prejudicial yawn. But Ned’s Atomic Dustbin turn out to be five endearingly goofy youngsters who make up the archetypal college-radio ”alternative” band: accessible but a shade too cool for Top 40, with songs about suburban teen rebellion like ”What Gives, My Son?”.

Though Nothing Is Cool, a 47-minute video is cluttered with ”self-produced” (i.e., self-indulgent) interstitial footage of travelogue, ”candid discussion,” and cutesy band antics (kept to a minimum and easily fast-forwarded), the clips of 13 songs performed live in concerts around Europe offer driving, distorted guitar atop a fast and furious rhythm section in catchy tunes like ”Grey Cell Green” and ”Flexible Head.” And at a price that’s lower than the CD of their album, God Fodder, you won’t be tempted to heed the lyrics of their best song, ”Kill Your Television.” B+