Another State of Mind is a documentary film made in the summer of 1982 chronicling the adventure (and misadventure) of two punk bands — Social Distortion and Youth Brigade — as they embark on their first international tour. Along the way they meet up with another progressive punk band, Minor Threat, whom they hang out with at the Dischord house for about a week near the end of their ill-fated tour.
COCKNEY REJECTS / YOUTH BRIGADE TOUR 2013
2/14 Reno, NV The Alley
2/15 Oakland, CA Uptown
2/16 Santa Ana, CA Observatory
2/17 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
2/18 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
2/20 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
2/21 Chicago, IL Reggies
2/22 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
2/23 Boston, MA Middle East
2/24 Baltimore, MD Otto Bar
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.
Here is part one: