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The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Music | 19 March 2016 (Japan)
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.

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Credited cast:
Alice Bag Band ... Themselves
Alice Bag ... Lead Singer, The Alice Bag Band
Claude Bessy ... Catholic Discipline / Vocalist (as Claude Bessey)
... Themselves
... Drummer, The Germs
... Herself
... 'X' - vocals
Circle Jerks ... Themselves
Philo Cramer ... Fear Guitar
Darby Crash ... Lead Singer, The Germs
... 'X' - vocals, bassist
Lorna Doom ... Bassist, The Germs
Fear ... Themselves
Frank Gargani ... Appears as Himself
Bill Gazzarri ... Himself
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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. Written by Rich Swenson <swenson@haas.berkeley.edu>

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After the film was screened in Los Angeles, punk music fans got into so many fights and caused so much trouble that then-L.A. Police Chief Daryl Gates wrote the filmmakers a letter asking them not to screen the film again. See more »

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The Circle Jerks member: And at the bottom it says "Thank you." And you can tell 'em to fuck off.
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Referenced in Totally F***ed Up (1993) See more »

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Beef Balogna
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just covers one sub-punk culture. . .
11 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Decline is an excellent movie, but we must keep in mind that it only showcases one of the many sub-cultures of punk rock in LA at the time. the Germs and Fear etc are all great bands and the shots of them don't do them justice. but the shots of the fans cast an almost negative light on punk rockers. this movie was made at a time when angry youth from orange county found their way into the LA punk scene. they made it violent, (it always sort of was, but it was never meant to take away from the music) they are shown moshing for the sake of hurting each other not for celebrating the music; like the punkers before them. Decline is an excellent glimpse into the punk scene of the 70s and 80s, but be wary when showing it to someone who only has this to base their opinions of Punk rock on.


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