Next Stop, Nowhere (Punk Rock Clubs in films)by osloj | created - 15 Mar 2017 | updated - 07 Sep 2018 | Public
I really love the atmosphere of the 1970's/1980's club scenes in films of that era.
The classics are The Decline of Western Civilization (1981), Suburbia (1983), Another State of Mind (1984 Documentary), and Urgh! A Music War (1981 Documentary), since they were the only ones available at the time.
Also check out Flipside Videos (Los Angeles Flip Side, was a 1980s punk zine) and Target Video (Target was a San Francisco-based studio which recorded punk shows in the late 1970s to the early 1980s).
"Kids in a fast lane living for today No rules to abide by and no one to obey Sex, drugs and fun is their only thought and care Another swig of brew another overnight affair
House of the filthy, house not a home House of destruction where the lurkers roamed House that belonged to all the homeless kids House of the filthy, house not a home House of destruction where the lurkers roamed House that belonged to all the homeless kids Kids of the black hole"
"Kids of the Black Hole", The Adolescents.
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1. Jubilee (1978)
Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Queen Elisabeth I travels 400 years into the future to witness the appalling revelation of a dystopian London overrun by corruption and a vicious gang of punk guerrilla girls led by the new Monarch of Punk.
The Slits, Adam Ant and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
2. D.O.A. (1980)
90 min | Documentary, Music
Documentary chronicaling the rise and fall of the punk movement with rare interview footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Also concert and news footage.
Live performances by The Dead Boys, The Sex Pistols, Generation X (with Billy Idol), The Rich Kids, X-Ray Spex, and Sham 69.
3. Another State of Mind (1984)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary on punk rock.
Social Distortion and Youth Brigade (Los Angeles' Stern brothers band, not the Washington, D.C. band (1980 - 1981)) on tour.
Minor Threat do some great tunes at Washington, D.C's Dischord house.
4. Suburbia (1983)
R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller
When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society.
D.I. performs "Richard Hung Himself", T.S.O.L. performs "Darker My Love," and "Wash Away" (with new member keyboardist Greg Kuehn), and The Vandals perform "The Legend of Pat Brown" with original vocalist Steven Ronald "Stevo" Jensen (RIP (1959-2005).
Listen for The Germs - No God in the kid's room on a vinyl record LP.
5. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, Music
The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.
Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, Catholic Discipline, X, and Alice Bag Band.
8. Fast Forward (1985)
PG | 110 min | Drama, Musical
Eight young people from Ohio, who are dancers, come to New York City to compete in a major talent competition. But, when they get there, they learn that they have to wait some time before ... See full summary »
10. Sid and Nancy (1986)
R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Votes: 27,754 | Gross: $2.83M
11. Dudes (1987)
R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy
Two punks from the big city, traveling across the country in a Volkswagen bug, embrace the western ethos when they must take revenge against a group of rednecks for killing their friend in ... See full summary »
The Vandals do "Urban Struggle" (1987 Re-Recording) without original vocalist Steven Ronald "Stevo" Jensen.
12. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
After her mother's death, teenager Corinne Burns forms a punk band with her sister and cousin, despite their lack of musical experience and talent.
15. Intrépidos punks (1980)
91 min | Action, Crime
A gang of punks, led by a masquerader named Tarzan; terrorizing a small Mexican city, robbing banks, raping women, and killing people with cruelties. Two enforcers Marco and Javier fight this gang of punks.
Mexican punk exploitation film.
16. La venganza de los punks (1987)
90 min | Action
After breaking out of jail, our fearless punks go after their arch-nemesis, pudgy federal agent Marco. After ruining his daughters birthday party, the punks head back to their hideout. ... See full summary »
Mexican punk exploitation film.
+ Wheels of Fire (1985)
17. The Runnin' Kind (1989)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama
An Ohio teen moves to L.A. to find fame as a rock musician and to find a drummer.
Screamin' Sirens, a cowpunk girl band (1982 to 1987), are in the film.
18. Scenes from the Goldmine (1987)
R | 99 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A young songwriter/musician joins a rock group but pays the price for success when she becomes involved with the band's leader and he tries to steal her music.
20. Liquid Sky (1982)
R | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual ... See full summary »
23. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama
A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan.
Votes: 19,443 | Gross: $27.40M
25. Roadie (1980)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Music
A young Texas good ol' boy has a knack with electronic equipment, and that talent gets him a job as a roadie with a raucous travelling rock-and-roll show.
Votes: 1,022 | Gross: $4.23M
26. Out of the Blue (1980)
R | 94 min | Drama
A young girl whose father is an ex-convict and whose mother is a junkie finds it difficult to conform and tries to find comfort in a quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene.
27. SLC Punk! (1998)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City.
Votes: 24,656 | Gross: $0.30M
+ Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 (2016)
30. Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB (2009)
An East Village performance space fought against the Bowery homeless shelter who threatened to shut them down. Some of the most iconic figures in music have performed here.
31. Bad Brains Live at CBGB OMFUG 1982 (2006 Video)
60 min | Music
This is a musical program/documentary about the Bad Brains who are a well known black punk hardcore band performing at CBGBs for 4 nights over Christmas in 1982 It was shot at a whim and kept in vault from 1982 till 2006.
+ Bad Brains: A Band in DC (2012 Documentary)
32. Blondie: Live at CBGB 1977 (2014 Video)
Not Rated | 48 min
This 47-minute piece of video verite captures an iconic band and front woman on the rise playing in their natural habitat: New York's legendary CBGB
34. The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998)
R | 86 min | Documentary, Music
The Decline of Western Civilization III is a 1998 documentary film that follows the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers.
35. Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)
R | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer.
Votes: 1,398 | Gross: $0.26M
38. Punk's Not Dead (2011)
104 min | Comedy, Drama
A group of crotchety codgers attempt to revive the punk-rock band they all played in 17 years earlier in "Punk Is Not Dead," from Macedonian scribe-helmer
39. Salad Days (2014)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music
"Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)" examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation's Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, ... See full summary »
41. We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (2005)
Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A feature-length documentary chronicling early 80's punk rock band the Minutemen, from their beginnings in San Pedro, California, to their demise after the death of singer D. Boon in 1985.
42. Punk's Not Dead (2007)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Music
On the edge of the 30th anniversary of punk rock, Punk's Not Dead takes you into the sweaty underground clubs, backyard parties, recording studios, and yes, shopping malls and stadium shows... See full summary »
44. Looking for Johnny (2014)
94 min | Documentary, Music
Documentary about legendary rock n roll guitarist Johnny Thunders. The film looks at his time with the New York Dolls and the Heartbreakers and also details his solo career and tragic life.
45. Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (2013)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop, angst, love and coffee and influencing a ... See full summary »
46. Clockwork Orange County (2012 Video)
73 min | Documentary
A Documentary about the rise of west coast punk rock in the 1970s featuring concert clips from Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Circle Jerks and more.
Unrated | 120 min | Documentary
You Weren't There: a History of Chicago Punk 1977-1984 is a documentary that looks back on the impact that the Punk movement had on the Windy City. Though overlooked in the annals of Rock ... See full summary »
48. Instrument (1999)
Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary
A collaboration between filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington D.C. band Fugazi, covering the 10 year period of 1987-1996. Far from a traditional documentary, this is a musical document; a ... See full summary »
Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary, Music