The documentary titled “one nine nine four” which is a look at punk’s explosion in the 90s mainstream was leaked onto youtube recently. Director Jai Al-Attas doesn’t seem too ticked off, his tweet read : So it’s true the doco leaked – go find it.
The documentary is narrated by Tony Hawk, and features some good bands like Rancid, Lagwagon and Bad Religion. It also features some shitty bands like Offspring and Green Day, but you can’t have everything…
My feelings on this are mixed. 1994 for example was the year I started my first zine, first band, etc, so I guess if I had to be lumped into a category, you could say this was my era. I however, unlike some of these bands, had no ambition for commercialism and I am pretty sure you would never have seen my Oi! band The Blacklisted trying to get on Lookout. The opening lines hit a hard note of reality for me when it says all of a sudden punk was mainstream and what was OURS became theirs.
Some call me an elitist. I call myself a guardian. At any rate, I’m glad this period of punk is over, we can go back to having it in the basement again, and all the cool kids can move onto dubstep or whatever hipster trash is out.
For what it’s worth good or bad, here is the link to the movie on youtube. Save yourself some bucks and see it for free while it’s up.