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naughton, are forgotten (or perhaps, as yet undiscovered) masterpieces
of the punk era, and are possibly more informative as to the specific
aesthetics of the first punkrock era than some of their more well known
filmed snapshot of a time and place, and gives much insight into the
actual physical and psychological environment of first generation punkrock.
shot at the store"new rose" in 1978, the film features steven leckie
(nazi dog), the photographer gail bryck, freddy pompeii, margarita
passion, an unidentified drug dealer, the legendary "tank" (the viletones
all purpose "bodyguard"), and a group of girls who steve identifies as
for viletones activities, was the vision of margarita passion, and the presence
of the "groupies" only reflects that, in fact, it was our girlfriends that truly
leckie's own cultural insight was derived from his relationships with
women. it's signifigant, for example, that while nazi dog tries on clothes,
a teenage deirdre hanna goes through the record collection looking to
provide suitable soundtrack (there still would have been very few actual
"punk"recordings, at this point).
audience to whom steven is playing, and are actually dictating and invent-
ing the environment, including the director with her camera.
who confirmed for me the irony of the ramones... "hey little girl i wanna be
your boyfriend..." she comically clutched her heart and swooned.
anorexic to the point where when i encountered her working in a store in 1979,
neither acknowledged acquaintance with the other... it was creepy to see it happen
to someone you know... you could see the bone through her skin that was kinda'
youth, malaise, glamour, romance, self-invention... all the psychological
neuroses and conditions of the late 20th century are implied.... an afternoon
with the viletones. blair richard martin