We live in a time where singing about your butt, or other people’s butts, is a surefire way to get to the top of charts and amass millions of YouTube views. But for those who like their music gritty, grimy, real and actually about something, there are two documentaries on the way to remind you that there’s so much more to love outside the superficial pop sphere.
First up is “Salad Days,” which chronicles the vibrant and hugely influential DC punk scene of the ’80s and ’90s. Directed by Scott Crawford, and featuring input from Ian MacKaye, Brian Baker, Dave Grohl, Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, Fred Armisen and more, it explores what was behind the relatively tiny scene that birthed bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Void, Fugazi, Government Issue, Dag Nasty, Embrace and many, many more. For those who thought punk started and ended with Sex Pistols, you’ll want to give this a spin.
Next is “Revenge Of The Mekons,” which tells the story of the long running British punk band/collective. Formed in 1977, the group has soldiered on for four decades doing their own brand of punk rock, with little care or concern for trends and fads. And this is all while avoiding the pitfalls that have ended many bands before they had a chance to shine.