the Monster: The Evilution of Stuck Mojo Vol. I" DVD
Inside The Monster
The Monster presents Volume One of a history of Stuck Mojo in rare
interviews, behind the scenes documentaries, and live clips as well as
photos. You will see the nitty gritty behind the scenes of life in a rock
band and on the road. You gotta know that if you’re not serious like Stuck
Mojo, you’ll never make it because you have to be commited to your music
and your art or there’s no point. What you will see is the real deal in
action. Unlike many mainstream bands who won’t allow themselves to
be filmed if a hair is out of place, Stuck Mojo keeps it real at all times
and in this way you get to know the real band and its members.
So you love music and want to be
a rock star or in a rock and roll band. Do you know what it’s really all
about? Are you in it for fun or as a way of life because there is nothing
else you can imagine yourself doing? Well if you want to know what it takes
to be a real musician and not just a rock star, Inside the Monster will
give you a glimpse. Keepin’ it real is what Mojo have always been about
and as you’ll see from interviews and behind the scenes footage, the band
is as down to earth and straight forward as their music.
Who or What
Is Stuck Mojo?
Although I find it hard to acurately
describe the music of Stuck Mojo, music pundits seem to have no problem
attaching labels to bands. Mojo has been referred to as rap-metal, funk-metal,
nu-metal, etc. etc. The great thing about this DVD and the rare interview
footage presented, is that you get to hear the band talk about their music
and find out what it means from the source.
In a clip from The Naked Truth on
Atlanta Cable Access in 1992, when asked how to describe the band’s music,
Rich says: “It’s straight to the point and we cut through the shit…and
loud…” Bonz chimes in: “…obnoxious! Either you love us or hate us!”
Amen to that brothah!
When they formed the band they wanted
to be kind of an experimental metal band that had real roots oriented sounds
to it whether that was early R&B or grass roots reggae etc. But the
fans liked the heavy sound so Rich pushed for a more crushing sound which
paid off when the gigs attracted more and more people.
In an interview with York Plugged
In from 1996, Rich says that the name of the band comes from the word “Mojo”
from the happening vibe they struck while jamming. They threw that name
around for a year and then put the word “Stuck” before it since they were
stuck in that vibe.
During The Naked Truth interview
the band is asked about the meaning of the “Beginning of the end” and the
original bass player, Dwayne Fowler, answers: “That would basically mean
the beginning of the end of things as we know it in the entertainment business
because everyone wants to take music and put it in a little classification
instead of just accepting it for music and saying hey I like this instead
of saying oh I don’t like that because it falls in this category. We’re
the beginning of the end of a lot of bullshit that’s out there. We’re taking
rock and roll, we’re taking funk , rap, hiphop putting it together and
people who don’t like rap come to our show and they like it. People don’t
like funk come to our show and they like it so we’re just trying
to bring down the barriers man, …”
Bonz: “Kill the stereotypes you know
what Im saying? Rappers have never fronted a live band before …breakin
some new ground out there and we’re doing it our way. “
You get answers to questions about
the bands influences and backgrounds and attitudes. Such as Rich’s interests
in Iron Maiden and Dungeons and Dragons; a self described “metal nerd”
in high school.
In an interview from “Viva TV” in
Germany, it is revealed one of their favorite bands is Helmet!!!
Behind the Scenes
For wrestling fans there is a interview
from MTV Live 1998 with Diamond Dallas Page the WCW U.S heavyweight
champ who talked about his participation in the Stuck Mojo video “Rising.“
More wrestling action can be seen
in the entire behind the scenes documentary about the making of the video
for “Rising”. You are there in the action with the band and wrestlers.
Looks like a lot of fun too. This one also has a commentary track with
Rich and Frank.
There is a “Soundcheck” video in
which you can watch Rich doing raw riffs on stuff like Ozzy’s Bark at the
Moon which is very cool.
A number of the documentaries feature
additional commentary tracks. The European tour 1996 for instance has commentary.
Funnily enough on all these tour videos Bonz declares it’s early and he’s
not high yet but he will be !
Some of the clips feature other TV
show mentions of Stuck Mojo in some unlikely places including the NHL and
the Sopranos. Quite cool is a shot from the Sopranos in 1998 of a Stuck
Mojo poster on the wall of the kids room. Someone at HBO likes Stuck Mojo!
Stuck Mojo Live
There is a tour highlight reel Volume
1 with clips from 1992 to 1998 and has an additional commentary track.
In the summer of 1998 Stuck Mojo opened for Pantera on a European tour.
You can see Dimebag (and Phil) on the side of the stage watching them and
it’s all the more poingent to watch this after what happened in Columbus.
You can watch footage from behind the scenes of the 1996 MTV Europe Headbangers
Ball apearance and the filming of the gig itself. MTV did a great
job of presenting the band live and it sounds really good too. Live on
Squeeze TV is another really great looking and sounding clip of the band
live doing tunes from Pigwalk and Rising. The last clip is rare footage
from the last Mojo show doing “Hatebreed” with Ryan Mallum in 2000.
Photos and other
There are 6 galleries of still photos
from various sources as well as posters from many of the shows and pages
from Rich’s notebook with notes and song lyrics in progress.
You can listen to three of the original
demo recordings from Declaration taped in Rich’s living room.
Volume 1 of
The music used on the DVD menus and
other areas of the DVD are from the instrumental version of Declaration
of a Headhunter. Rich used to sell it on the old Sick Speed site but I
don’t know if you can get it these days. At any rate whether you are a
new or old fan of Stuck Mojo, this DVD is a must have! Given that there
are three hours of content and this is only Volume one, I can’t wait to
see what they have planned for Volume two! On my wish list is the actual
video of “Rising”, and more live concert footage.