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Repo Man has a punk soundtrack. Kudos. But beyond that, I never found much punk ethos in it. I think it mostly gets a shouted out in forums about punk movies because it was one of the first movies with significant distrubution that featured punk music or style.
That said, its just my oppinion – and what anyone thinks of as a punk movie is up to them.
Dead Kennedys – Plastic Surgery Disasters
The first album had the hits. This one has the band at their most musically expressive and Jello at his prime. Par for the course with a DK album, the funny songs are serious, the serious songs tell jokes. Jello sings about big picture stuff on tracks like Government Flu and Bleed. But the lyrics are at their best when they’re about regular life – Terminal Preppy is a critique of the brain dead frat boy lifestyle, Well Paid Scientist is a critique of the brain dead corporate drone. That song has the best lyric – describing an over worked dad coming home, chewing out his kids, and lamenting that they taste like himself. The best overall song is Riot! – the narative from start to finish is all too true, the bass and guitar capture the intensity and manipulate the listeners emotions to give vivid color to the lyrical content.
And I think that Halloween may be the best punk challenge ever issued to the stifled adult. Plastic Surgery Disasters = best punk album ever recorded.
in no particular order, i recomend the following.
The Year Punk Broke: Nirvana, Sonic Youth, The Ramones. Dinosaur Jr. Captured by professional ameteurist Dave Markey at just the right moment – Smells Like Teen Spirir was about to change everything for anyone who happened play guitar for a living, but it hadn’t really sunk in yet.
Romper Stomper: Word of warning – the movie revolves around a group of australian racist scensters, and even though the Nazis are technically the bad guys and lose in the end, their life is very much glorified. However, these guys embody the gutter punk lifestyle. There is a great party scene. And the soundtrack gives you a taste of some energetic and authentic oi-style hate rock of the era. Also, no matter how racist they are, tying some rich asshole that abuses his daughter to a chair so you can trash his house and ruin his life before his eyes is pretty punk rock. i’m not a nazi – i’m actually hard left – but this is a good movie despite its glorification of something bad.
Jack Ass The Movie and it’s sequel: in some ways its soft porn for gay boys in denial – guys just being guys, horsing around in their tighty wighties, getting naked in front of each other, putting things in each other’s buts, and constantly smacking each other in the balls. I think that the way the Jack Ass movies candidly portray one type of dude life, without addressing the whole “isn’t that gay” question is refreshing – I mean, straight girls get to dance on the line with other girls openly and it doesn’t make them per se gay – most people don’t give a shit. The guys in Jack Ass exhibit sexual confidence in being able to fool around and even more sexual confidence because they’re not even going to humor questions to their sexuality. Pretty damn punk. And they also play gags on the public. Punk, again. And these guys know how to skateboard. Punk. And the Jack Ass theme is a Minuitemen classic. Punk. And the soundracks rule. And Andrew W.K.’s “We Want Fun” video – which is basically an advertisement for Jack Ass II – is a party scene done right. Punk punk punk.
One thing that’s not punk is the crass animal exploitation.
The Runaways: Nothing quite as punk as girls learning to flex some sexual muscle and have the same kind of fun the bad boys do. This movie will have your foot stomping from start to finish.
Juno: Again, girl power is punk – and a pregnant teenager standing up to a judgmental world looking to control and exploit her is girl power to the extreme. also, the foil is a punker turned sell out. kimya dawson is about as punk as folk gets, or vice versa, and she owns the soundtrack – which captures the movie’s “you can Do It Yourself” spirit.
Natural Born Killers: any movie that makes Bob Dole have a shit fit has to be punk. The movie is jarringly trippy. It’s a critique of American mass media culture, and patriarchy as a whole. The bad guys are the good guys, the criminal element is celebrated, the consequences of social alienation and subjegation are explored, common notions of right and wrong are challenged, and the parasite news media is bared for what it really is and played like a joke. Julliet Lewis’ character is very girl power – going so far to enjoy unreciprocated cunnilingus to prove that girls can do whatever boys can do, and kills the schlep for being too eager. Rodney Dangerfield’s scene where he plays an abusive dad in the style of a sit com – and gets his just deserts – is as simultaneously playful and poignent as a classic Dead Kennedys track. DK isn’t on the soundtrack, but this is the movie that made L7’s Shitlist a classic.
Name is Wes. I’m 35, a lawyer, a dad to two girls. I live in the Philadelphia/ New Jersey area. I help the victims of lifes little rip offs turn the tables on the shady merchants of the world through class action lawsuits. I also help the victims of debt collector harrassment. I dabble in first amendment law. I’m a linux fanboy. I play guitar and percussion. I write songs here and there, and like to get fucked up and rock out with people. I try to inject a little anarchism into my song writing, my parenting, and my practice of law. If you’re ever in my area, I’d try to find a way to fit in a jam session. I’m sloppy but flexible and persistent!