A Documentary on Punk Music
Different from the scene in NYC, if only because of geographic location, Penelope Spheeris’ Decline of Western Civilization documents LA punk in California. With footage from bands, including X, FEAR, and others, this film dissects the punk bands and culture in LA.
“I came to L.A. in ’76… I wanted to do something with music…. this place was decent for that, for making something of yourself” says John Doe, lead singer of X. Coming from Baltimore, Doe formed punk band– X a year later, in 1977. Alongside band members Exene Cervanka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake, Doe helped establish the band around the ever-growing punk scene.
By 1980, X released their first album, Los Angeles. With songs like “Under the Big Black Sun,” “See How We Are,” and “I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts,” this band has definitely made a name for themselves with a massive fan base in Southern California. Last May, I had the chance to see X play with The Blasters and Los Lobos. Also, John Doe wrote Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk, which came out last year. It’s a great novel, I definitely recommend reading it. Continue reading “X: Under the Big Black Sun”