Offspring : "Huck
It" DVD release
"Huck It" appears to be THE OFFSPRING'S own skewered
version of a DVD "film". While there is no narrative
structure to speak of, the DVD appears to be a demonstration
of what it means to live 'The Offspring Lifestyle'.
So so quality concert footage is cross cut together
with band members (in particular, an ancient looking
Noodles, the bands guitarist) goofing about with
heavy equipment and high-risk sports namely skateboarding,
parachuting and BMX stunts.
This footage is, on first viewing, pretty addictive
eye candy. The mix of actual live performance and these
high energy activities (while Offspring songs are playing
in the background), hangs together very well while obviously
appealing to the bands core audience of teenage boys.
This is due to the heavily stylised way the footage
is shot and edited together.
The visual tricks that the DVD incorporates may be
industry cliches, but in fact, mix of fish eye lens,
negative enhanced footage, scratchy animated text and
slow-mo shots do give the DVD a cut and paste 'fanzine'
quality which compliments the bands image as neo corporate
While this may not exactly be the "Behind The Scenes"
footage you were expecting, the likelihood is that it
is far more stimulating that footage of the band practising.
At a guess, the workmanlike Offspring have a pretty
low quota of backstage diva-like hissy fits.
Ultimately, It's a very satisfying package, the DVD
feels like an extension of their music rather than a
non essential visual accompaniment to them. 4 stars
out of five yeah?
Reviewed by Priya Elangasinghe