Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Decline of Western Civilization - Black Flag

1980 - A Penelope Spheeris Film

SILT posted tracks from the soundtrack recently so I thought I'd toss up some pictures, moving pictures actually, to go with the sound. I haven't been able to find any downloadable clips from the movie so I'm gonna just assume that noone else has posted them. If I'm wrong, my apologies.

They keep threatening to rerelease this damn thing on DVD but it still hasn't actually happened. The official website doesn't offer much specific info at the moment either, but does promise that some release is imminent.

So, here's my first post from the movie in the form of the Black Flag performance clips. I don't know about you, but for my money, Ron Reyes (Chavo) was the best of Black Flag's many singers and this footage is ample testament to that. I only wish that I'd been able to see them in this incarnation. Instead, I got the Rollins-in-Dolphin-shorts years...not that I'm bitching.

As a side note, whatever issues some may have with certain aspects of the movie and its depiction of the LA scene at the time, I think we'd all agree that the live footage of the bands is priceless.

P.S. This is my first attempt at this video stuff so fingers crossed. Do the right-click-save-target-as thing on the above pictures to download the clips.


Anonymous str8ev said...

wow, awesome...i've been waiting for someone to post these, very nice! this is the first time i've seen your blog and i really like it already...thanks!

2:16 PM  
Blogger squabbler said...

Thanks for the nice comment, str8 ev. I just noticed that the first clip, White Minority, was only partially there on my server. So I re-uploaded it. Sorry. I'll be posting more clips from the movie in the near future.

5:11 PM  
Blogger deryke said...

those were great videos. that video was what pushed me over into the punk pit.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your site is great. The Potential threat post was a cool choice.

7:01 PM  
Blogger The Corpse Glide said...

You're absolutely right about Chavo being "the man"...I named my golfish after him and he's still alive!

Nice blog, by the way...

12:39 AM  
Blogger The Germ said...

nice site man, when my copmuter stops

7:52 PM  
Blogger The Germ said...

fucking up i link you to my site

7:53 PM  
Blogger jon manyjars said...

The records with Ron and Dez singing were my favorites. The blog Agony Shorthand recently interviewed Alice Bag and she was talking about the REST of the concert footage that was shot for the Decline. Apparently she's made some inquiries trying to get the Bags' footage but was told that "officially it doesn't exist". A Decline DVD with extra scenes of all the bands would be the greatest!

2:11 PM  

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