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X: The Unheard Music (1986)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  March 1986 (USA)
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This film is a documentary about the personalities in, and the music of, the early 1980's Los Angeles punk band X. There are studio and live performances by the band and interviews with band members; all nicely interspersed with footage of area DJs, record stores, old TV shows and commercials. Written by Fred Goodridge

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Billy Zoom: I have read a review of the Ramones in some trade paper, I think it was Rolling Stones or something like that, and they trashed them, said they were awful, the guy really hated them, he said they were dumb, they played these... He said all their songs were too fast, too short, only had three chords, no guitar solos, the lyrics were dumb, and it just all sounded like real positive things to me.
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True Love Pt. #2
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Not up to the music
1 January 2004 | by (Berkeley, California) – See all my reviews

I love X, I love seeing them live, but this movie added very little to the music. The band seems kind of halfhearted about doing the film, their stories are not that interesting. When they go out on tour trying to get their music heard, there's not a single foot of film from the tour; instead, there's a cutesy montage of postcards.

As for the live footage, a good portion of it is from a shoot made expressly for the film, and to judge by the credits, at least half the songs are either videos or lip- synched.

On the whole, the live X in Decline of Western Civilization is far more compelling than the whole of The Unheard Music.


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