Punk: disaffection or exultation? Errr, yes. Great to come back to Spheeris's doc. I am no longer a young man yearning his way in the direction of this particular branded past. I see myself now as a more removed witness to the cavalcade(s) of history. But still think X were a band of geniuses who have a lot to show us even now about how to wax human. Chris D. show up briefly. So where the fuck are The Flesh Eaters?
"Beware of crossing your arms over your chest in the sterile pose of a spectator, because life is not a spectacle, a sea of pain is not a proscenium, and a screaming man is not a dancing bear." - Aimé Césaire, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, 1939.
Read We've Got the Neutron Bomb and watch some Target videos for a more comprehensive and exciting look at Los Angeles punk music. Although, the Decline does have a hilarious interview w/ Billy Zoom of X.
An observational approach at life in a punk band during the 1980s. I like how we, the audience, are given a slice of life of each of a few bands and get to see them doing their thing raw and unaltered. Very interesting and appealing to see this counter-culture come to life in such a real way...
Glad I got to see this film, and glad I wasn't at the live performances. It's awesome that Spheeris let the cameras roll without a lot of quick cuts; a technique coming up just around the corner from this movie with MTV. It's scary and dirty, but the energy is magnificent.
Have to admit I sneered at West Coast punk back in the day preferring NY and UK but over the last few years have really begun to appreciate some of this in particular X, Black Flag and Fear. The raw energy, the spitting anger at a fucked world and a desperate existence...this stuff retains its power 35+ years later. PUNK LIVES! Indeed.