One of the best projects restored by NRW. An amazing statement of what it was like to be part of the punk movement in the early 80s. It starts really strong with The Residents as these surreal video clips truly are outstanding little gems. After that it starts to lose steam a bit, slowly picking up again towards the end. Some great music every now and then, but the quality varies (as expected, I suppose).
God I love the S.F punk rock scene so damn much. I saw the Avengers earlier this year and to see them here just upped my love for them even more. Perfect use of celluloid, collecting all these weird shorts, music videos, curating a nice flow, transitioning from one to the next with the lingering feeling only a art-punk to weird punk can give ya. The Residents= best directed music vid out of the bunch. LOVED MX-80.
The films by The Residents are wonderfully, delightfully weird, with an aesthetic that is sometimes like Bertrand Mandico and sometimes The Forbidden Zone but predating both and their songs are amazing too! The longer works drag the experience down (often the way with short film compilations) but it was amazing to get a stronger grip on a subculture I don't know much about.
Huge thanks to NWR for starting this project and undertaking the restoration of these short films. This compilation is easily the best thing I have seen in a while. They encapsulate zeitgeist, social situation, political background, and show the raw emotion and power of the United States at the turn of the 70s. What I admired most was deep character studies that you can see in ‘In The Red’ and ‘Debt Begins At 20’.
As it collects nine movies about or with punk music in the States, any fan should be in ecstasy with this collection. Nice for it’s historic value and a surprising change of pace in the Refn project after numerous lowgrade Z movies of various exploitive quality.
A proper tribute to US punk and post-punk avant-garde music scene. It kicks off with the highest of hopes mainly due to the imaginative Cryptic Co. videos of The Residents. Following this first quarter or so the film generates diminishing returns although it picks up towards the end with The Dykes. The sonic youth vitality and rough edges still startle. (Nice to get a glimpse of Patricia Morrison from The Gun Club.)
Some fascinating documentary-esque footage of an underground movements, but the real gems are some of the surreal and creative music videos. Graeme Whifler's work with the Residents stands out as brilliant. It reminds me of Animal Collective's video output and is a amazing to think of it coming from the 70s. So great to see such an interesting movement restore. Thanks ByNWR!