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The Slog Movie
Mvd Visual 2003 DVD
Company: We Got Power Films
Director: David Markey
A fly on the wall look at Southern California's exploding hardcore punk scene in the early 1980's. More like a xerox fanzine than a glossy MTV document, "The Slog Movie" is one of director David Markey's early films, and is a baby brother to his film ten years later "1991 The Year Punk Broke".
Like that film, The Slog puts the viewer right there, in the middle of the madness, leaving them to draw their own conclusions, totally atypical of 99% of most rock docs.
Featuring Circle Jerks, Black Flag (uncredited, due to Greg Ginn's insanity), Fear, Red Cross (before they became Redd Kross), TSOL, Sin 34 (Markey's band), The Cheifs, Circle One, & Symbol 6.
We Got Power Films presents David Markey's 1982 homespun documentation of the Los Angeles/Orange County early 80's hardcore punk scene. A unique look at an era, left of field even by it's peers 'The Decline Of Western Civilization' and 'Another State Of Mind'. Like a fanzine on film, The Slog Movie has an intimate fan/ backstage/ on stage feel. Markey shot this film on Super-8 in 1981 and '82 while he was editing We Got Power fanzine and playing drums in Sin 34. Interviews, incredible live performances, and humorous interludes with Circle One, Symbol 6, Wasted Youth, Red Cross, TSOL, The Cheifs, Sin 34, Fear, Circle Jerks, and Henry Rollins, Chuck Dukowski, Robo & Dez Cadena (Black Flag) . See glimpses of scenesters such as Pat Smear and Randy Rampage hanging out at Oki-Dogs; Jordan Schwartz as himself, Ted Nugent, & The Devil in a Ray Pettibon skateboard commercial; gigs at the Whisky A Go-Go, Cuckoo's Nest, Bards Apollo, Club 88, and the Santa Monica Pier. The DVD includes a gig flyer gallery and a running commentary from David Markey, Circle Jerks' Keith Morris, the Minutemen's Mike Watt, and We Got Power's Jordan Schwartz.
A history lesson from the So Cal early 80's hardcore underground.
See the Los Angeles Hardcore scene explode, and in retrospect connect the dots from 1981 to 1991, 'The Year Punk Broke'.
In the early 1980's Dave Markey put out a fanzine called We Got Power, which documented the punk/early hardcore scene. We Got Power also produced compilations of Southern California bands, and eventually put out films like The Slog Movie and the punk/cult B-movie Desperate Teenage Lovedolls. Markey would later put out the documentary 1991: The Year Punk Broke which basically covered the rise of the "grunge" movement and how it brought more mainstream acceptance to punk rock music and its offshoots.
The Slog Movie is a very low-budget, unpretentious look at the West L.A. hardcore punk scene circa 1981-82. Anyone who is into early punk music and history would be advised to check it out.[...]
[...] The film was made with both humour, heart and gritty realism hidden within the confines of its own medium. I've often wondered if Dave Markey ever realized how appreciated this film would remain within the punk scene for years to come. Seeing this film for the first time held a magnitude of power within it's small time frame capsule of 1981-1982. I think it means more to me now to see it than it did then as so many people are either gone, absent or missed. Circle One (John Macias-R.I.P.), Sin 34 (the complete "Trip to San Francisco" clip), The Chiefs (very underrated), Redd Kross (shortly after the name change from Red Cross I think), Wasted Youth, T.S.O.L., Circle Jerks, Fear and Black Flag.[...]
Thurston Moore liner notes
Video: XViD 704x480 pxls
Audio: 128Kbs Mp3
Lasting: 51:11 Mn