American Hardcore: Who’s Missing?

Thanks to the free 30 day trial of Netflix (which is awesome so far), I finally got to see American Hardcore, the documentary of hardcore punk in the U.S.

The opening took me right back to my youth. There was a lot of interesting content throughout but I found it a bit surprising that it was a full length movie. For an art form built around short, fast songs that don’t care for any mainstream values one might expect the movie to have a similar kind of in your face vibe. That said, I would love to see more of many of the interviews.

More than that, what I really wanted to see more of was some of the key contributors. If I boil the movie down, it was about Black Flag, Bad Brains and Minor Threat – Bad Brains and Minor Threat definitely both in my top 10 list of best hardcore bands. But who was missing or only covered fleetingly?

  • Dead Kennedys
  • Scream
  • Poison Idea
  • Naked Raygun
  • Fear
  • Dirty Rotten Imbeciles
  • The Freeze
  • The Meatmen

It was also curious that Keith Morris and Mike Watt talked a fair bit but their bands (Circle Jerks and Minutemen) got little coverage. Is this the personal biases/favourites of the storytellers? A reflection of who was available for the movie? Something else? Maybe they’re saving stuff for a sequel…

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