Gitane Demone: Life After Death (2008)

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Footage from 1989-1998 covering live concerts throughout Europe, fetish performances for DeMask and Skin Tow, Television Interviews, and live duets with long-time collaborator Rozz Williams (Christian Death). --TMDb
Gitane Demone
Gitane Demone
Review by Chad
Added: November 28, 2008
This is going to be a rather short review, because to be honest, I have little interest in the content. You see, this set focuses on Gitane Demone (if the title didn't give it away), a singer who is best known for her work with Christian Death during the eighties. She also has a solo career which is still going strong and has performed with numerous other artists and bands, and not unlike Madonna, she has repeatedly reinvented her image over the years. The problem here is that I'm simply not a fan of her work - I don't like Christian Death and I don't enjoy her solo material. This is not to say that she's a horrible singer (she actually has a good voice), but her musical output just isn't my cup of tea. However, this set was sent to me for review purposes, and thus, I sort of feel obligated to cover it here on the site.

With that out of the way, here's what you're going to get out of this set:

Disc 1
VPRO, Dutch Television 1991
TV special: "The Dark Side of Life"
Mazzo, Amsterdam, Holland 1989
"Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me", "Strange Fruit", "(This Is) A Man's World"
AT5, Dutch Television 1992
"Sound of War"
VPRO Radio, Holland 1993
"Golden Age", "Love For Sale, "Little Birds"
ISC Club, Bern, Switzerland 1993
"Somewhere", "Eye To Eye", "Gloomy Sunday", "Lullaby For A Troubled Man", "Lover", "Sing The Blues"
Indie Tour, Querfurt, Germany 1995
"I Only Have Eyes For You", "These Vulnerable Eyes", "Manic Depression", "Alien", "Despairiosity", "My Death"

Disc 2
"A Heavenly Melancholy" (video clip, 1991)
Skin Two, UK Videomagazine 1992
"Passion", "Pleasure And Pain"
Fetish Generation, Denmark 1995
"Tongue Of Fire", "Interview", "Cool Domina", "Perv"
Dream Home Heartache Tour featuring Rozz Williams, Zwischenfall, Bochum, Germany 1995
"Time", "Pope's Egg Hat", "A World Apart", "In Every Dream Home A Heartache", "Flowers", "Moon Without A Tear", "Lead Us Not"
Christian Death featuring Rozz Williams and Gitane Demone, Astoria II, London, UK 1996
"Spiritual Cramp", "Cervix Couch", "Lament", "Luxury Of Tears", "Ashes", "Cavity", "Sleepwalk"
Kato, Berlin 1998
"I Lost A Friend To Heroin", "Speed", "Incendiary Lover", "What Now, My Love?"

You also get an insightful little booklet written by Demone herself, and if you pick up the limited edition version (limited to 2,500 copies), you'll find Times of Gitane Demone, a bonus CD featuring never-before-released cover songs by the lady.

As this is a collection of live performances mixed together with a handful of interviews, this set is obviously for the fans of her work and nobody else. However, even though I personally did not enjoy it, there is a large amount of quality material here that her fans will certainly enjoy. If this set had the same type and amount of material and centered around a band that I loved, I'd be heaping massive amounts of praise upon it, so if you are a fan of hers, you're going to have a blast while sitting through the three hours and change that the set runs for.

Really, that's all that I can say about this set. The audio and video quality is consistently acceptable (it's not high-definition, but to expect that out of rare concert footage from the eighties and early nineties is silly), the performances are good, and the set as a whole is very obviously a labor of love. So, to state the blatantly obvious: pick it up if you're a fan, avoid it if you're not. 9/10 objectively, 2/10 personally.
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