X - The Unheard Music movie !
X - The Unheard Music
# Director: W.T. Morgan
# Actors: John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, D.J. Bonebrake, Ray Manzarek
# Writers: Alizabeth Foley, W.T. Morgan, Christopher Blakely, Everett Greaton
# Producers: Christopher Blakely, Everett Greaton
# Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC Region 1
# Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
# Studio: Image Entertainment
# DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
# Run Time: 84 minutes
In the late 1970's, a new sound burst upon the Los Angeles music scene--the music made by a four-person rock band with the enigmatic name of X.
Playing in clubs like the Whisky and the Starwood, X set a new standard for driving, forceful songs that both critics and the public felt revolutionized the California sound. "X:The Unheard Music" takes long, detailed, and often funny look at this scene, but focuses on the group which critics have singled out as the leader of the underground pack.
It was filmed by Angel City Productions between 1980 and 1985 in around Los Angeles. Post-production was completed almost five years to the month after shooting began.
Features all of the original band members: vocalist Exene Cervenka, bass player John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D.J. Bonebrake.
One of the most important, acclaimed and popular West Coast bands of all time, changed the face of punk music and an entire decade with their vital, vibrant sound propelled by a raw, wholly distinctive style.
Now see the band at its peak in this legendary film, which took five years to make and documents a powerful story with a striking, visionary style accompanied by unforgettable music.
They all said X's music is "too hard, too wild, too insane, too dirty," said Ray Manzarek of the Doors, spouting excuses made by the reams of record companies that passed on what would become one of the most essential, celebrated and admired West Coast bands of the late 20th century.
Manzarek produced the first three albums for the pioneering punk-rock quartet and plays a supporting role in this long out-of-print documentary, which impeccably details the hostility and exploitation of the eighties LA underground.
The 85-minute film includes interviews and band rehearsals, and captures X at its zenith--potent, teeth-rattling live versions of "Year One," "Come Back to Me," "Real Child of Hell," and "Johnny Hit & Run Paulene"--as well as behind-the-scenes gems like an MCA executive boasting the merits of eighties' posers Point Blank and Doe and Cervenka crooning Hank Williams' "Ramblin' Man" in their living room.
Part "The Kid's Are Alright," part "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle," "The Unheard Music" is a well-crafted visual diary and a revolutionary soundtrack from a band whose story continues to rewrite itself 20 years after the original release. (Scott Holter at Amazon)
Video: 720x480 XViD. 23 fps. Audio: 128 kbps Mp3. Lenght: 01:24:23
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Ladies and germs, we have a new champion here. This is probably the best documentary I've ever seen on punk music.
Not since The Last Waltz have I seen a band treated with such depth, beauty, and subtlety. X - Exene Cervenko, John Doe, Billy Zoom and D.J. Bonebrake - will in time be considered the most important band of the modern punk era. After watching this film you'll feel the same way, even if you don't own any of their albums. Home movies, interviews, acted vignettes, live concerts, random movie and TV clips, still photos and show flyers are flawlessly edited to present the band and their era in the most engaging and professional way imaginable.
X - The Unheard Music presents X as legitimate artists with roots in blues, jazz, rock and poetry. A completely different picture of the band is painted here than in The Decline Of Western Civilization, where Exene is depicted as a deranged bag lady. Exene looks like Catherine O'Hara. John Doe is Bill Paxton's doppelganger. Billy Zoom is the grinning stone-faced Liberace of the rockabilly guitar while D.J. Bonebrake is quite the jazz man and a wizard on the xylophone. Each member's talents are shown to contribute to a tight and serious unit of musicians. I like this approach more than the "We're punk, we're losers, we're the product of your crappy society and we don't care about nothing." It’s a nice change indeedy-do.
The non-fatalistic view of this film is also a positive change of pace. A major theme (and the title) of the film is that often great music doesn’t get a chance to be heard by a large audience. X isn't really pissed about it as that is how life works. Hell, they seem pleased as punch just to be the subject of a documentary. Their lives and creativity are shown to be relative success stories inLos Angeles, a weird and eccentric amalgamation of contrived Hollywood glamour and the west's faded glory.
Record industry executives are interviewed, and they talk about how X isn't commercially viable enough to interest their companies. This is shown by clever visual juxtaposition to be unfair, narrow-minded, and all that, but the stuffed shirts are only telling the truth. Large corporations exist to make a profit and that's done by appealing to as wide an audience as possible. Emerging acts have always been signed to major labels but their main purpose is to eventually sell many, many CDs. Thankfully the underground music label scene exists to find, record, distribute and promote bands that will never sell more than a few thousand copies. No one should get mad when major labels don't sign thrash garage bands. That's not their responsibility. Would you prefer there be no underground record labels?
Do you honestly believe X would have sold five million records if they opened for Madonna? Are you punk because you want to be different or are you punk because you want to be the same?
Thankfully X - The Unheard Music doesn't beat its points on major label obliviousness into the ground. Jello Biafra's brief appearance makes you wonder how this film would be different had he directed. There would be no subtlety - only a mad bludgeoning of screaming and confusing images of death, suffering and record industry execs smiling as they sign The Backstreet Boys and Loverboy to million dollar contracts. That's my big problem with the rhetoric of Jello and Crass. They assume we are as dumb as how they think governments, religions and corporations see us. They create mind-numbing collages of Big Brother's own propaganda and spew it back at us as if we're fat drooling morons who will only look away from our TVs if they can show us something louder and faster.
X - The Unheard Music is a sweet film and I recommend it to punk scumbags from eight to eighty. As we say in Brooklyn, New York, "It's got f--king class". (Oldpunks.com)