Director: Wes Orshoski
Take two pairs of guys, throw ’em into the back of a van, add alcohol, wait for a fight to break out. The tumultuous lives and times of the first punk band to (insert relevant stat regarding single, album and/or CBGBs here) played out over just under two hours of (mostly) enjoyable reminiscence from most of the major players involved (producer Nick Mason is included, producer Nick Lowe is not). Feeling a little like an extended version of one of those BBC4 ‘Punk Night’ documentaries, everyone is in reasonably chipper form and generally come across as likeable (from a distance), and even as Rat Scabies is patiently explaining the minutae of the legal issues which have estranged him from the Vanian/Sensible core of the current line up you sense he still retains a kind of affection for them. The scene in which he describes a rehearsal room and one of the many splits (“We had everything we ever wanted…””) is genuinely moving.
I watched it in the pub, with a selection of veterans from the punk wars, which made for a very convivial atmosphere around many of the stories regarding on-stage shenanigans (“When the Captain pissed in the monitors, that was one…”) and record label wos (“That happened to us!”). It also meant that the movie was accompanied by a couple of pints, and concluded with a round of applause.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
This Is Spinal Tap (keyboard player Monty Oxymoron – possibly not his real name – is the absolute spit of Viv Savage), Lemmy – The Movie, Sound City.