Thursday, September 18, 2014

Life's a Piece of Shit-The Decline of the Western Civilization 1980

When I saw this film as a 13 year old I found it pretty depressing because of the nihilistic tone and how inarticulate most of the bands and fans seemed to me, in retrospect they're not inarticulate at all (intoxicated, yes) but I didn't like what I was hearing as I envisioned punk as a more humanitarian/socialist kind of thing. Now as an adult I find myself feeling more empathetic with the hopelessness and misanthropy on display and I also appreciate and understand more of the dark humor. Whether or not that's a good thing I'll leave for someone else to judge!

No one has uploaded the whole film so here are some of my favorite bits. The Circle Jerks are probably my absolute favorite performance in the film. This will hopefully one day get a legitimate DVD release, I'm sure the clearance issues are a nightmare. Thanks to Eric Idle for inspiring the title of this post and helping me laugh through the bleakest shit life has thrown at me so far.

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