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Snatches of Pink

Now It's a Rock & Roll Show DVD
(Trickle Down Productions)

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Every town has to have its own nearly do-wells, the envy of their ne'er-do-well neighbors, who somehow still self-destruct short of the finish line. While Snatches of Pink and Clarissa both went to the summit, enjoying a major label tenure and a bid for radio play, they never quite sparked popular imagination, despite several fine, well-regarded albums in the '80s and '90s. This DVD recounts their story through the remembrances of the principals and industry locals, interspersed with music videos and live performances. It's a great time capsule, and you'll never tire debating whether singer/guitarist Michael Rank's locks are closer to Dave Pirner or Skid Row-era Sebastian Bach.

Beyond that, it's a reminder of an act that got lost in the '80s and '90s indie rock cacophony, due in part to their iconoclastic nature. For instance, original frontman Andy McMillan says, "When the record-buying public says they prefer Superchunk to Snatches of Pink, you can't tell rock 'n' roll what to do. We are who we are, and we're going to do what we do." This is the crux of Snatches/Clarissa's situation—they never seemed to provide people quite what they expected, the ideal balance of their reckless live energy and the more textured sound of their studio albums in later years. This maverick streak continues to drive the second incarnation of Snatches, still making the same rough rock records with regularity.

The DVD's bonus disc features a handful of Snatches music videos and interview outtakes as well as a number of live performances. Most are from performances in the last year, such as at the Local 506 (good quality video) and at their record release this April at the Reservoir (poor video, but sounds great with John Howie Jr. on drums). There are a few from earlier, including a '98 Sleazefest performance before McMillan left the band. Toward the end of the doc, the interviewer asks if things have changed musically speaking for Rank. Hardly at all, he suggests: "I'm still searching for the same fucking things." For rock diehards, like those in this band, the exploration never ends.

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