Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film


30 Responses to “Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film”

  1. imajication says:

    For those who don’t know, there is a whole Quincy Punk page on TV Tropes. My favorite is the punk in Star Trek IV, listening to the lovely ballad “I hate you” on the bus.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You guys are reminiscing about a time in your lives, and a feeling of rebellion among a like-minded but fractious gang of fellow travelers, and kidding yourselves that it was meaningful outside of that narrow place that is your nostalgia for a time when you weren’t the establishment.

    For me, electric folk music is the same thing. This is because when Dylan went electric I was the age you youngsters were when the punks started rebelling against music lessons and musical talent. My parents had similar dismissive (and true) things to say about Dylan’s lack of singing ability and Richard Thompson’s drug problems.

    I am waiting for rap to be the new punk.

    Now, you whippersnappers get off my damn lawn!

    • edked says:

      “You guys are reminiscing about a time in your lives, and a feeling of rebellion among a like-minded but fractious gang of fellow travelers, and kidding yourselves that it was meaningful outside of that narrow place that is your nostalgia for a time when you weren’t the establishment.”

      Um, who exactly is doing that in this thread? Have you actually read any of the comments so far, or does the “you guys” refer to a bunch of people existing only in your imagination?
      ‘Cause I see nothing but people talking about goofy pop-culture representations of a type, not idealized reminiscences. At all.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve LOVED Liquid Sky since high school — it was a core, formative experience for me, although I was just a little kidder when it first came out. I am soooooo pissed it’s not on Netflix yet! (At least not last time I checked….)

    • Philipshade says:

      I tried re-watching Liquid Sky in ’96, what a horrible mistake that was.

      Course I also suffered through Anthony Michael Hall’s “Out of Bounds” just to see Siouxsie. Though I’ll Jeff Kober was pleasantly creepy as always.

  4. Anonymous says: – 80′s style punk rock horror short!

  5. Maggie Koerth-Baker says:

    Why is Alan Tudyk on the cover?

  6. Marcel says:

    Here’s a must see:

    It’s ‘Surf Punks’, an excellent 80′s documentary on SoCal’s punk scene by Hans Bromet from the Netherlands.

  7. Marcel says:

    Oh, excuse, I mean Frans Bromet

  8. rtresco says:

    Unfortunately, “punk” is such a broad term now. There’s punks as depicted on the book cover, but what about Brando in The Wild One, who is for all intents and purposes punk. And Liquid Sky is New Wave, but shares many punk aesthetics. Books like this are best served staying limited in focus on the “cheesy” aspect of punks in movies, but a much broader scope on the subject does warrant academic discourse.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Over the Edge was the most punk film ever even though the soundtrack had as much 70s/early 80s arena rock as it had punk.

  10. Anonymous says:

    ‘Intrepidos Punks’ is one of my favorites of this genre…

  11. Pink Frankenstein says:

    In Los Angeles at The Silent Movie Theater there will be a Destroy All Movies film fest:

    for the details.

    A very rare French punk rock film that’s in the book will be screened – La Brune et Moi. (Disclosure: I help distribute the film in the US and Canada. It will be available on DVD this month.)

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ah the things memory retains:

    The cover of the book is taken directly from ‘Class of 1984′ (which was made in 1982) and starred Perry King. It was a second rate teacher in inner city school plot only with some slightly hilarious preppy punks being the ‘evil young hooligans’. I also remember it having a young Michael J Fox pre-Family Ties in it as well.

    I tell you…growing up working in video stores has put me on par with Tarantino in factual recall of dumb shit like this.

    • Anonymous says:

      OMG! Class of 1984 was my favourite film for ages! It was one of the first films I ever saw on VHS, in fact it was a pirate copy and the quality was awful. (I’m such a hoarder I may even still have it somewhere…)

      I loved the clothes and tried to copy Fallon’s style, as he was definitely the coolest. Neil Clifford who played him is now a Sculptor in Bronze!

      I also think it was Michael J Fox’s first proper movie role.
      Tim Van Patten went on to become a highly respected TV director particularly on The Sopranos and Deadwood.
      Lisa Langlois appears in the L Word.
      I’m also pretty sure there were a few “background artists” and minor characters that went on to better things too. I haven’t seen the film for ages but I’m going to hunt it down again now, many thanks!

  13. Jackasimov says:

    “me, me and my rhythm box” there is no reason not to do acid when watching Liquid Sky.

    Favorite punks on screen for me were Vernon Wells in Weird Science, and William Forsythe as a punk in the band Pain in a CHiPs episode (“I dig pain, the feelin’ in my brain”). You remember, it’s the episode where they have a battle of the bands and Ponch wins against the punks with “Celebration” so the punks have to leave town and stop terrorizing the citizens.

    Take a piece of concrete,
    and stick it in my face,
    I like to play with razor-blades,
    I hate the human race.

    Kick me when I’m down,
    come up and rip my shirt,
    my dad will buy another one,
    especially if I’m hurt.

    Cause I dig pain,
    the feelin in my brain,
    the scratchin,
    the bashin,
    the clawin,
    the trashing,
    the given,
    the gettin,
    and the total blood lettin,
    drive me insane,
    I dig pain.

    I love to do the pogo,
    and I love to do the slam,
    but it’s nothing like the feeling,
    of a knife stuck in my hand.

    Now you can never stop me,
    from being what i choose,
    and if you try to shut me up,
    some skin you’re gonna lose.

  14. Anonymous says:

    This would be incomplete without thorough coverage of the cult classic SLC Punk!. The movie that made me want to go to college and make something of myself.

    • mindysan33 says:

      Has SLC punks been around long enough to get cult status? I guess it doesn’t have to be an old movie though does it. We saw it in the theater. Great movie!

      And Rtresco — I wrote and presented a paper at a conference about the Quincy episode (and the House punk episode, too).

  15. DJBudSonic says:

    They should have had Niagra Detroit do the cover…

  16. Anonymous says:

    Ahh… ‘Intrepidos Punks’ such a fantastically sleazy piece of celluloid.

  17. Halloween Jack says:

    Added to my ‘zon wish list, although I can guess why punks got so much play in popular culture, particularly as thugs: they were the new hippies. Hippies got a lot of play in mainstream culture in the late sixties and early seventies as murderers, rapists and all-around creeps, especially after the Manson Family murders, until people finally got it through their heads that a) most hippies just wanted to get high, get laid, and talk interminably about their favorite album, and b) there weren’t that many left after ’72, anyway.

    There was a bit of a drought in culture for years after that, in terms of young people to be afraid of, until punk culture percolated down to the popular culture (sometime after Sid Vicious ODed after being arrested under suspicion of killing his girlfriend), upon which the squares had yet another group of colorfully-garbed and -named young people at odds with mainstream society, and this one had the advantage of actually saying menacing things on a regular basis (“I wanna destroy passers-by” rather than “C’mon people now, smile on each other”, as it were). My personal experience of punks were that they tended to be the more thoughtful, cool, articulate and all-around interesting people that I met, at least compared to most people of their age, but the squares have their needs and will not be denied them.

  18. zio_donnie says:

    3 words: Terminal City Ricochet.

  19. Marcel says:

    Okay, here’s a better link and then I’ll shut up:

  20. catgrin says:

    Ah Fantagraphics how I love you! If you order through them, you can get “Destroy All Movies” as a pack with “Portable Grindhouse: Lost Art of the VHS Box” for $10 more (1/2 price). Not sure if the link will be allowed but:

  21. efergus3 says:

    Love Repo Man. Rewatch at least twice a year.

    • Anonymous says:

      Have you watched our punks, mods and rockers web series Oblivion?

      Check out at obliviontheseries dot com

      Repo Man’s a huge influence on it.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Best punks on TV show ever, Quincy.

    I love how punks were always displayed as fashionistas.

  23. Nawel says:

    I would love to have it just to see how many of the movies featured in I’ve seen. I used to keep track of every punk appearing in movies. And yes, there was an awful lot of stupid “punk” characters in 80′s movies…

  24. Anonymous says:

    Here is the notorious Quincy meets the dark world of punk music.

  25. Anonymous says:

    The Filth and the Fury…best punk film evar.

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