DVD REVIEW: MORPHINE – JOURNEY OF DREAMS
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
Mark Shuman lets cult ‘90s ‘low rock’ band Morphine tell their own story in this riveting documentary.
The band was the brainchild of Mark Sandman, a growling, bass playing frontman with a unique vision for a band: no guitar, just low sounds – bass, drums and saxophone. Once the band came together – a treatise on Morpheus and the realm of dreams, and not a drug-inference, despite much misunderstanding to the contrary – they quickly found an audience in the alt-rock nineties, and released five albums of challenging music that was big on college radio in The States and popular in Europe.
Never having a mainstream crossover hit took its toll on the band though, and then when on tour in Italy in 1999, Sandman suffered a heart attack onstage, and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Shuman talks to all surviving members of the band, interspersed with archival interview footage of Sandman, valuable contributions from their long-time manager, Sandman’s girlfriend Sabine, and well known fans such as Henry Rollins and Joe Strummer, and what unfolds is a fascinating story of a unique band who influenced and entertained many without ever cracking the big time, but which ended in appallingly tragic circumstances.
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