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March 1986 (USA) See more »
This film is a documentary about the personalities in, and the music of, the early 1980's Los Angeles punk band X... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Doe ... Himself

Exene Cervenka ... Herself
Billy Zoom ... Himself
D.J. Bonebrake ... Himself

Ray Manzarek ... Himself

Rodney Bingenheimer ... Himself
Brendan Mullen ... Himself
Frank Gargani ... Johny
Alizabeth Foley ... Pauline
Denise Zoom ... Herself
Diana Bonebrake ... Herself (as Dinky Bonebrake)
Bob Biggs ... Himself
Al Bergamo ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jello Biafra ... Himself
Christopher Blakely ... Himself
Tom Hadges ... Himself
Robert Hilburn ... Himself

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
W.T. Morgan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christopher Blakely  uncredited
Alizabeth Foley  uncredited
Everett Greaton  uncredited
W.T. Morgan 

Produced by
Christopher Blakely .... producer
Everett Greaton .... co-producer
Cinematography by
John Monsour  (as Karem John Monsour)
Film Editing by
Kent Beyda 
Curtiss Clayton 
W.T. Morgan 
Charlie Mullin 
Production Design by
Alizabeth Foley 
Sound Department
Matthew Iadarola .... sound effects
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Kutner .... live sound recordist
Visual Effects by
James Balsam .... visual effects
Les Bernstien .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Schmidlin .... concert lighting director

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Also Known As:
"The Unheard Music" - USA (informal alternative title)
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84 min
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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.See more »
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unique and exciting punk doc, 10 September 2009
Author: bradlewis98 from United States

I have seen an unholy amount of punk documentary and biopics; maybe even more than that. For whatever reason every band that half filled a bar has a film about their career/supposed influence. Once Arab On Radar got their own film you knew things had gone too far. Those quickie fan films can be exciting, and occasionally interesting...and sometimes you even find yourself half drunk and screaming in the background. But they rarely achieve the status as film, really just home videos for the die hards.

The Unheard Music is the exception that proves the rule. Maybe due to being produced when the market/distribution plan would have been nebulous at best, this comes across as an independent and brilliant piece of art, which just happens to feature one of the first wave LA's best punk bands. Unheard Music is constructed like a collage, like one of those bootleg video mixtapes that were floating around the underground back in the day. Your basic interview, performance, rehearsal sequences are intercut with found footage and various Exene based weirdness.

The true greatness of the film is the illustration of how X could never possibly find themselves in any subsection of the mainstream. For a band that is so informed by the classic sounds of American rock and roll, for a band that would have had dance hits in 1957, it is disheartening to listen to sleazy label suits babble about how the entire country would not "get" X. It's obnoxious at best to think those weasels are making value judgments about my taste based on geography. But then maybe that does explain Nickelback.

This is a fresh an exciting film about not just X, but what a statement it once was to say you were into punk. It took a certain amount of effort since the powers that be actively kept you from hearing this music. Wasn't on the radio, TV, or in suburban record stores. Makes you really understand how much of an uphill battle artist-musicians have.

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