Live! Rod Swenson’s Lost Tapes 1978-81
I was never able to see the Plasmatics firsthand (since they unfortunately dissolved long before I ever had the chance to), but I’ve always been somewhat of a junkie when it comes to watching old live footage of bands such as them, and this new release of archival footage hits the spot just right. Sure the video quality isn’t always the greatest here (but that’s to be expected), but this latest collection does the job just as good as anything you can find on YouTube.
Watching late singer Wendy O. Williams (R.I.P.) bounce around on stage, often topless or wearing next-to-nothing, still manages to invoke the 12-year-old in me (her sensuous rendition here of “Sometimes I Feel It” stands out as one of the video’s definite highlights!). Performances of such classics as “Butcher Baby,” “Living Dead,” and “Squirm” contain all of the mayhem (and chainsaws) one can expect from a Plasmatics show. Overall, the footage found here captures the feel of a fascinating (and often under-rated) era in NYC punk history perfectly, and should hold the attention of many who appreciate them.