Movies »The Decline of Western Civilization Part II : The Metal Years

decline of western civilization the metal yearsPart One of this Penelope Spheeris series deals with the punk scene in LA in the early 80's. It features amazing performances by Black Flag and Darby Crash with the Germs and is great, but The Metal Years is simply brilliant.

Ozzy spills his breakfast, Paul Stanley is interviewed from above a bed of satin sheets and nearly naked women, WASP guitarist Chris Holmes drinks himself nearly to death in a pool as his mother looks on, and the fans with their enthusiasm and scene make for one of the most entertaining movies that you will be lucky to see.

Lucky, because unfortunately, unless your video store has it, finding a copy is difficult at best. My dream is that Criterion would put out a set one day, but it is only a dream. If you have a chance to see this movie, don't hesitate.

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Posted on July 17, 2006

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