Thursday, June 05, 2008




Goshdangit
, I love this internet thing. Here's why: you ever seen the Decline Of Western Civilisation films by Penelope Spheeris? Of course you have. There's the first one, which centres on the nascent, awe-inspiring LA punk rock scene, and there's the second film which documents the mid '80s LA hair-metal circus. And then there's the little-known third one... It came out in '98 and played at various film festivals, but never saw release, not even on home video or DVD. I heard about it at the time, though it disappeared so quick I kinda forgot about it, and to be honest, my interest in late '90s crusty-punk - the scene it concentrates on - isn't something which sparks my interest greatly. But still, you know it and I know it: I'll sit through just about any dumbass film which lends a serious ear to this thing known as "punk rock" (unless it's one based on the candy-assed 21st-century notion of punk rock being something to do w/ extreme sports, arena shows, baggy shorts and all that emo drivel I dare not touch), and this might just be one of 'em. I haven't watched this yet - I'll do that on the weekend when I have some spare time - but perhaps you may care to give it a viewing. Ladies and gents, here is The Decline Of Western Civilisation III...

3 comments:

Mondo Barbara said...

The asian Mohican from this film stands on the corner of Camden High Street and Kentish Town Road, London Town, holding a sign advertising 5 quid vegan buffet. He's always drinking a few tallies of scrumpy jack cider and smoking darts.

cdg said...

I swear it sounds like they used the Wilhelm scream at 3:45,

Mrow said...

Don't think I've ever seen the mohican in question, but I've definitely eaten his vegan buffet, that's fr sure. I'll haveta drop him a cider next time I'm heading off to The Underworld.

Oh and thanks for the link, LexDev! Never seen Decline III either, but like all your readers, I always wanted to.