Synopsis by Fred Beldin
The Los Angeles-based punk rock fanzine Flipside presents this compilation video of hardcore bands captured live on-stage during the Reagan era. Well-known acts like the Big Boys, Agent Orange, and Suicidal Tendencies perform before rabid audiences that respond with ferocious slam pits and reckless stage diving; the kids often outnumber the musicians as they charge on-stage together to make their leaps. Rare live footage of the Darby Crash Band finds the ex-Germs vocalist sporting the Mohican look that he favored prior to his suicide. Great Britain is represented by arch goofsters the Toy Dolls, and the underdocumented Iconoclast blaze through a brief set of blurry grindcore, setting the standard for two decades of crusty punks to follow. Also present and accounted for are Left Coast scenesters Mad Parade, No Trend, Eddie and the Subtitles, Subterfuge, Confederate, Killroy, American Hardcore, and M.I.A. (whose vocalist warns young punks not to give their band a stupid name). The case for anarchy is made by a member of the Creative Anarchists of America, who explains how he lives outside of the machine on 20-dollars a week, and an interview with Flipside columnist Gary Indiana covers police brutality and how a punk can protect himself against oppression. Pop-punk godfathers the Dickies finish up this edition with a ribald spoof of the Knack that includes a latex sex doll and five or six bare-assed musicians. This early series of no-frills video fanzines is now out of print, though Flipside did move into releasing punk rock videotapes with higher production values as the market grew more sophisticated.
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