TV Party - Comps

STREETPUNK: THE MOVIE {Punk Lives Live} If such a thing as a genuine labour of love exists, then this whopping two-hour multi-band film is it. Filmed by one man (Stuart Newman of UNDERCLASS UK and Control zine) on, pretty much, just one camera, this takes us back to the original SEX PISTOLS reformation in 1996 through to the Holidays In The Sun festival in Morecombe in 1997.
However, it all kicks off with a brutal clip of THE VARUKERS doing ‘Nothings Changed’. It acts as a precursor to the crowd outside Finsbury Park two-hours prior to the PISTOLS reformation ‘show’. There are some lovely coiffeured Mohawks, some very drunk Punks and a few who are actually switched on enough to see the event for the lucre-collecting event it was. Too many though are rather sad post-card punks; one lady in particular states, whilst slugging down Special Brew, she can’t afford to get in.
Part two of the film moves 12-months forward to a DIY Festival and a Punk Picnic, both in London. There’s much greater insight here, with a rather smart piece of segueing that follows some very switched on comments about the PISTOLS reformation before cutting to the crowd at said gig and someone sporting an Ozzy back-patch.
The final part is shot at the Holidays In The Sun festival of 1997 and commands the bulk of the film. Highlights include an interview with THE DRONES (but unfortunately no footage bar the crowd), EATER grizzling about sound and LURKER Arturo Bassick constantly bursting into song at every opportunity.
Of the band footage, there is a veritable multitude of exciting, raw and 100% live footage. Highlights? POLICE BASTARD making a stunning, KILLING JOKE-esque noise and filmed with a great, cold feeling; AIRBOMB ripping it up at the Punk Fest and spliced together with some sharp editting; MENACE in the studio; SICK ON THE BUS blasting through ‘Kill Yourself’ and possibly taking the film’s best performance in a blur of spikes and dreads; more sharp editting on some UK SUBS footage and a compilation of STAINS gigs. Elsewhere, RED FLAG 77, ROAD RAGE, ONE WAY SYSTEM and more cut it up live.
As a bonus, Newman has added a promo of his band, UNDERCLASS UK. The sleeve includes notes on how Newman came to amass the footage, the inspiration behind the film, and some details of each chapter.
What makes this effective as a documentary of the UK Street Punk scene of the late 90s however is much of the interview material and the fact that Newman has got around the country, be it Norwich, Nottingham, London or Morecombe and covered what was going on across the Street Punk scene. For every sad, drunk post-card Punk, there are 10 smiling, enthusiastic, switched-on characters doing something that is entertaining, commendable and impressive.
This is also effective as a documentary as it has been filmed with genuine passion and love of the subject matter. You know this ain’t no documentary film maker looking for a few ‘cheap thrills’ or scenes of shocking outrage. Nor is it a polished, over-dubbed extravaganza that is going to sound ‘spectacular’ on a mega-surround sound, digitally enhanced, bluetooth what-fucking-ever home entertainment set-up. Nope, this is grassroots Punk Rock, done on a budget and a stunning amount of sincerity. (31.10.15)

Hit HERE for material reviewed prior to 2015 including:
A History Lesson: Part 1 Punk Rock In Los Angeles 1984, Best Of Flipside Vol.1