KING OF PUNK (DVD)
by Carl Macki
(A Maverick Platinum Film) Suggested Retail
King of Punk (DVD)
The Relevance of a 3-Chord Revolution
Kenneth van Schooten
Julie van Schooten
Kenneth van Schooten (idea) DVD
Easier Than I Thought Productions:
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Narrated by Joey Keithley of DOA, this documentary ostensibly
is about an all-girl teen punk band from
NC that started playing "for fun." Not very surprisingly they get gigs and
release their music on a CD, and get some publicity. The other track in
the story line concerns Patrick Clement, owner of FNS
Records, who is also the publisher of a fanzine, and promotes punk groups.
This piece of Americana might
drag at times, bit it is not at all a drag overall. Narrator
Keithley recites from his best-selling book, I, Shithead,
and member of beloved 80s bands like UK subs and Stiff Little Fingers try
to assess the movement in perspective. Also included are interviews with
Marky Ramone, Jayne County, Cheetah Chrome, Penelope Houston,
Robert Lopez (aka El Vez), and others who were active in the
initial punk scenes from the
mid-seventies to the mid-eighties. Unlike other documentaries that focused
almost exclusively on males in the punk/hardcore music scene, "King of
Punk" is notable for its focus on women in the genre.
Wayne County is pithy and
quotable--she likens the Ramones to "the Beach Boys on speed"
I didn't really gather the purpose of the focus on OBGYN, and FSN.
That's alright. The players lend an immediacy and practical bent to the
story tracking, and complement the segments with Wayne County, Cheetah
Chrome, Stiff Little Fingers, El Vez, Dave Dictor,
etc. which really shadow the fresh
homey naivete of the other parts.
Kenneth van Schooten made this work with his wife, Julie,
about three years ago. They are currently working on a documentary about
Gene Vincent, and one on unusual coffee houses in the US.