The Last Stand (1984 film)

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Last Stand
Directed byTony Stevens
Produced byJohn McLean
Music byCold Chisel
CinematographyJohn Whitteron
Edited byTony Stevens
Distributed byWarner
Release date
July 1984

Last Stand is a documentary film of the final concert appearances by Australian rock band, Cold Chisel, prior to their first disbandment.[1] It was filmed on 13 and 15 December 1983 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and released to cinemas in July 1984. It featured the group performing two of the four final concerts of their national Last Stand Tour, from 12 to 15 December 1983.[2] It is interspersed with short interviews from members of the band, their managers, audience members and Midnight Oil front man, Peter Garrett.

Anna-Maria Delvoso of The Sydney Morning Herald observed, "This is not just another film-of-the-concert-of-the-album rock & roll picture. If this is commercial exploitation, it's worth every cent of it. Last Stand has an intelligent construction. Eschewing self-indulgence, the film displays high production values, excellent sound, camera and editing. There are no cinema verite shots of the band in the back rooms, twanging guitar strings and cracking jokes no-one can hear."[3] A DVD version featuring extra footage was issued in October 2005.

Soundtrack album[edit]

The Last Stand
The main image is a stage shot of a man standing with his arms raised high in a V-shape. In his right hand is a white cloth or towel, in his left hand is his microphone and a bottle of clear liquid. He wears a plain, white T-shirt and shiny, black, leather pants with a black belt. All around him is a foggy, dry ice-type cloud. Stage lights are blurred beyond the cloud. Behind him is a drum kit. Across the top is the group's name in large, red, block capitals with white borders. Immediately below is the album name in white, black bordered, flowing script. Near the bottom is smaller, blue, block capitals: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Below in even smaller, white, block capitals: Digitally Mixed And Mastered.
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedOctober 1992 (1992-10)
Recorded13 and 15 December 1983
VenueSydney Entertainment Centre
LabelEast West
Cold Chisel chronology
The Last Stand
Teenage Love

In October 1992, The Last Stand's soundtrack album was released by Cold Chisel on compact disc and music cassette via East West Records.[1][4][5] It peaked at number 8 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart.[6]

Adrian Zupp of AllMusic rated the album as four-out-of-five stars, and explained, "The highlights are numerous, but the most memorable moments are the band's timeless signature song 'Khe Sanh', the rock landslide 'Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye)', and the singalong favorite 'Choir Girl'. The recording job is crystal clear, though inevitably can't fully capture the experience of being at the gig amidst the sweat and swagger. But as next best things go, this is the ticket."[7]

The album was remixed and re sequenced with three additional tracks in 1999; some versions included a DVD version of the film with bonus footage. This version was remastered and reissued in 2011. Neither version of the soundtrack has the same tracklist order as the film.

1984 film track listing[edit]

  1. "Standing on the Outside"
  2. "Cheap Wine"
  3. "Rising Sun"
  4. "Janelle"
  5. "Khe Sanh"
  6. "Twentieth Century"
  7. "You Got Nothing I Want"
  8. "Tomorrow"
  9. "Star Hotel"
  10. "Choirgirl"
  11. " Bow River"
  12. "Flame Trees"
  13. "Saturday Night"
  14. "Wild Thing"
  15. "Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye)"
  16. "Don't Let Go"

1992 track listing[edit]

  1. "Standing on the Outside"
  2. "Khe Sanh"
  3. "Twentieth Century"
  4. "Janelle"
  5. "Cheap Wine"
  6. "Tomorrow"
  7. "Rising Sun"
  8. "Choirgirl"
  9. "You Got Nothing I Want"
  10. "Bow River"
  11. "Flame Trees"
  12. "Saturday Night"
  13. "Star Hotel"
  14. "Wild Thing"
  15. "Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye)"
  16. "Don't Let Go"

1999/2005/2011 track listing[edit]

  1. "Standing on the Outside"
  2. "Cheap Wine"
  3. "Khe Sanh"
  4. "Janelle"
  5. "Only One"
  6. "Twentieth Century"
  7. "Tomorrow"
  8. "Rising Sun"
  9. "Choirgirl"
  10. "You Got Nothing I Want"
  11. "Bow River"
  12. "Flame Trees"
  13. "Star Hotel"
  14. "Wild Thing"
  15. "Saturday Night"
  16. "River Deep – Mountain High"
  17. "Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye)"
  18. "Don't Let Go"
  19. "Let's Go Get Stoned"



Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1992-2011) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Australian Albums Chart[9] 71


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[9] Gold 35,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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