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1991: The Year Punk Broke (1992)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Music | 20 November 1992 (USA)
David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland, The ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonic Youth ... Themselves
Kim Gordon ... Herself - Sonic Youth
Lee Ranaldo ... Himself - Sonic Youth
Steve Shelley ... Himself - Sonic Youth
Thurston Moore ... Himself - Sonic Youth
Nirvana ... Themselves
Kurt Cobain ... Himself - Nirvana
Dave Grohl ... Himself - Nirvana
Krist Novoselic ... Himself - Nirvana (as Chris Novoselic)
Dinosaur Jr. ... Themselves
Mike Johnson Mike Johnson ... Himself - Dinosaur Jr.
J. Mascis ... Himself - Dinosaur Jr.
Murph ... Himself - Dinosaur Jr.
Babes In Toyland ... Themselves
Lori Barbero Lori Barbero ... Herself - Babes in Toyland
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David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland, The Ramones and Gumball. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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20 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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Tooth or Hair See more »

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Germany

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This One's Strictly of Any Interest for Sonic Youth and Die-hard Nirvana Fans Only
21 January 2012 | by supadude2004See all my reviews

First of all, this movie's production must be commented on. It's very home movie-ish. That is to say, expect lots of randomly edited, disjointed, shaky clips which all add up to a collage of cinematic noise - perfectly complemented by the many clips of noise inspired (if... 'noise' could be of inspiration to anyone...) music, which permeates this film.

Sure, I like quite a few Nirvana songs, but not much Sonic Youth. Albeit in her day, I'll safely say that their bass playing girl was extremely cute. Her cuteness does not, however, eclipse the fact that their noise bound music was not exactly what one whistles on the way to work.

Yes, I was very disappointed by this, in spite of its high rating; mainly for the reasons stated in 1st para above. However, if you adore Sonic Youth then you'll probably like this enough to rate it highly, in spite of its many productive shortcomings. Just don't expect any great story, revelatory insights, or any thing remotely meaningful to be found lurking behind all the disjointed clips plus occasional cameos from Kurt and friends.

All in all, this is a very average experience and you could safely live your life, and say you've lived without needing to watch this first. 5/5 at best for most folk, and 7+/10 for lovers of Sonic Youth's sound.


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