I actually own this great documentary on Oi but I won it on VHS and I probably haven’t had a VCR for a good 5 years or more – in fact I have no clue where I can even buy one these days even if I wanted to. In fact I am sure in a year or two its going to be mighty hard to even buy a dvd player, since every one now owns Blu Ray Players.
Anyways This is a great documentary and if you only have time in your life to watch one documentary on Oi music this is the one – with Cock Sparrer, The Rejects, The Business, Sham etc – what more could you ask for? Check it out here:
Check out this very early documentary on the LA punk scene – to me one of the highlights is a pre “cholo” Suicidal Tendencies – very very different band from even what they played on their first album (which some music snobs accused them of being far too metal at the time)
Well worth watching the entire thing if you have 45 minutes to spare:
Punk: Attitude is a documentary on the history of punk rock in the USA and UK. The film traces the different styles of punk from their roots in 60s garage and psychedelic bands (Count Five, the Stooges) through glam-punk (New York Dolls) to the 70s New York and London scenes and into the hardcore present. Interviews with many of the musicians are edited with live clips and historical footage.
Here is the full-length 1979 documentary about punks and skinheads in the United Kingdom featuring bands like The Exploited, Vice Squad and many others.I forget who owned this film but someone I knew did and every now and then we would crack open the ciders and watch it again. If you have never seen it before you are in for a treat.
This movie should be required viewing for all little punkers – if nothing else its a great time capsule to show the kiddies what it was like “back in our day”. In case you have never seen it – Another State of Mind is a punk rock documentary shot in 1982 following Youth Brigade and Social Distortion as they buy and fix up an old yellow school bus and plan to tour it around the USA.
I remember seeing this video way back in 1984 – not quite sure how one of my friends got hold of it – you see back in those days there was no internet or you tube – either someone had to send away and mail order the VHS cassette (no Dvds or Blur ay then either!) or maybe he got lucky and some indie minded video rental library took a risk and stocked it.
So anyways Shawn Stern (Youth Brigade) has these great plans to tour the US heading up to Frisco, Portland, Seattle and then over the border into Vancouver Canada across Canada back down to Chicago,followed by NYC and into Washington DC.
Teaming up with a very young Mike Ness and probably the first incarnation of Orange Counties finest Social Distortion they fix up a crappy used school bus and take off to play across the country. The documentary captures the stigma of being a punk in America of the time, with big burly bikers wanting to kick their ass and the general public hating them. Of course all the talk of “punk unity” goes out the window when no one is getting paid and everyone is hungry. Actually this movie should also be required viewing for any punk bands that want to tour the country – ha ha.
I forget all the other bands that are featured in this but I do know they have DOA and prime era Minor Threat in there too. They actually end up staying at Minor Threat’s house in DC and have some prime footage of Ian working at Hagen Daaz back in the day – which is worth the admission price alone.
I would recommend you don’t be a cheap bastard and actually Buy a copy of the DVD but if you want to check it out online first I am pretty sure the whole thing can be viewed in segments on Youtube.