ten years as one of Australia’s most
searing and influential bands, YOU AM I have finally released
first DVD, THE CREAM & THE CROCK. As FILMINK’s
ERIN FREE found out, it was a real labour of love.
We just did an audio commentary track over the video clips,
which was horrifying," You Am I frontman Tim Rogers
says with something close to genuine fear in his voice.
When you’ve been working it for over ten years, looking
back on old video clips must come close to going through
your old high school photos. But they’re all here
on the new career retrospective DVD The Cream & The
Crock, from the flailing hair and wind machine of "The
Last Thing You Can Depend On" through to the hot rods
of "Who Put The Devil In You". Aside from the
band’s often iconic video clips, the DVD is loaded
with other rock nuggets: live footage, TV appearances,
interviews and much more. It’s a fan’s paradise,
and that’s no coincidence.
If we’ve been on Roy & H.G we’re not going
to race home to watch it," explains bassist and band
manager Andy Kent. "You’ve got to go to the
people who do watch that stuff, and that’s obviously
the fans. They’re going to buy the DVD and they want
to see certain things on it. So we went to our website
and asked which TV clips and live stuff they wanted to
see. Over a period of about three months they just started
piling up and we found out which ones were obviously important
to people, and we tried to find them."
Their choices weren’t always the obvious ones. "There
was a performance on The 10:30 Slot where Tim’s microphone
came off the stand and he stuffed it," Andy says. "Tim
hurt himself and you’d think ‘Aww God, that
was fucked!’ but the punters loved it. You really
can’t tell what they’re gonna want."
According to Tim Rogers, it’s unfortunately not exactly
an exhaustive compilation. "There was a lot of other
stuff that we wanted to put on there, but that we couldn’t
for either legal or financial reasons. It’s becoming
a very expensive exercise. So it’s pretty modest,
but there’s some great stuff on there."
Apart from some performances on Hey, Hey It’s Saturday
that the band couldn’t get, some international appearances
also slipped through, with live shots on Canadian, Dutch
and American TV impossibly bound up in legal red tape. "There
was a lot of over seas stuff that was just impossible to
find," Andy sighs. "We tried to get a lot of
the early Australian TV stuff too but a lot of that had
been dumped. These were the days when the producers would
get the biggest guys to go down the front and then tell
them to stage dive, or to mosh. Those were the days…"
With a fistful of vital, incendiary albums to their credit
and a reputation as one of this country’s finest
live outfits, the DVD is like a breakdown of You Am I’s
career, from early clips and appearances on TV shows like
Denton through to Rove and Recovery. "We wanted something
that reflected the personality of the band," says
Kent. "We wanted something that gave you a bit of
an insight, so you’d get to know the band a little
more. So we took care with the art work, and the menus
and all of that sort of stuff."
The band’s timeline is also succinctly tracked in
a tight, crisply edited min-documentary. "There’s
a wonderful EPK on there, and it worked out really, really
well," says Rogers. "Thankfully I don’t
say much and you get the facts from Andy and Russell instead
of having to listen to me just prattle on."
For Andy Kent, the music DVD concept is starting to stake
its claim as a bona fide piece of the rock memorabilia
puzzle. "I guess DVDs are replacing the rock book," Kent
says. "You’ll come across a fan and instead
of saying ‘You’ve gotta buy the new Clash book’ they’ll
say ‘You’ve gotta see the new Clash DVD; it’s
But for Tim Rogers, the appeal of The Cream & The Crock
DVD is a lot more simple. "I actually haven’t
seen a lot of this stuff myself," Rogers laughs. "So
it’s just great to have it out for my own personal
The Cream & The Crock is available now through BMG.
SRP: $32.95. For all your You Am I needs, head to www.youami.net