Slog Movie" DVD
Review/feature By: Jeff Terranova
Photographed, edited and directed by the then young director David Markey back in 1981/1982 and now available on DVD!
From the opening scene with Black Flag's Spray Paint The Walls blaring in the background to the very end, this film is as high paced and chaotic as the early 80's underground west coast music scene was.
The Slog Movie contains incredible raw live footage of Circle One from Boards Apollo 7/81 and the Cuckoo's Nest 8/81, the Circle Jerks and Wasted Youth from the Whiskey 6/81, SIN 34 and Red Cross from the Santa Monica Pier 11/82, FEAR, TSOL and the Cheifs from Boards Apollo 8/81, Symbol Six rehearsal from 6/81 and live at Club 88 from 7/81. Also some incredible footage of Black Flag from the Cuckoo's Nest 8/81 with a very young shirtless Henry Rollins with only one tattoo on his left arm. Besides all the live footage there is a lot of interaction with the crowd and fans and the film contains an amazing spoof on Ted Nugent that will have you rolling on the floor!
SLOG (verb), to work diligently for hours... (transition verb), to strike with heavy blows... (noun), a long session of hard work
Taken from the We Got Power Films web site
We Got Power Films presents David Markey's 1981 homespun documentation of the Los Angeles/Orange County early 80's hardcore punk scene. Like a fanzine on film, The Slog Movie has an intimate fan/ backstage/ on stage feel. Interviews, incredible live performances, and humorous interludes with Circle One, Symbol 6, Wasted Youth, Red Cross, TSOL, The Cheifs, Sin34, Fear, Circle Jerks, and Henry Rollins, Chuck Dukowski, Robo & Dez Cadena. Erratic, one of a kind coverage of an era only touched upon by The Decline Of Western Civilization or Another State Of Mind. See glimpses of scenesters such as Pat Smear and Randy Rampage hanging out at Oki-Dogs; Jordan Schwartz as himself, Ted Nugent, & The Devil in a Ray Pettibon skateboard commercial; gigs at the Whisky A Go-Go, Cuckoo's Nest, Bards Apollo, Club 88, and the Santa Monica Pier. The DVD includes a gig flyer gallery and a running commentary from Circle Jerks' Keith Morris, the Minutemen's Mike Watt, Sin 34's David Markey, and We Got Power's own Jordan Schwartz. A history lesson from the So Cal early 80's hardcore underground. See the Los Angeles Hardcore scene explode, and in retrospect connect the dots from 1981 to 1991, The Year Punk Broke.
* Additional never before seen footage
* With audio commentary by director Dave Markey, Circle Jerks' Keith Morris, Minutemen's Mike Watt, & producer Jordan Schwartz
* Liner noes by Thurston Moore
* Brand new digital film transfer
* Gig flyer gallery
Running Time: 60 mins
Check out We Got Power Films for some still photos and to watch the movie trailer!