1991: The Year Punk Broke (DVD)
A visual document of Sonic Youth's 1991 European festival tour, which saw the aristocracy of the American Underground making their first inroads into the mainstream. Sonic Youth's lead singer Thurston Moore offers sardonic swipes at his band's position as the Royal Family of Alternative Rock, whilst a pre-'Nevermind' Nirvana skulk in the background, along with fellow courtesans Babes in Toyland, Dinosaur Jr, Gumball and The Ramones. Features 18 live tracks.
Filmed a month prior to the release of their breakthrough album Nevermind, 1991: The Year Punk Broke also includes footage of Nirvana unknowingly on the cusp of leading a massive cultural movement as they performed anthems such as "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Polly" and "Negative Creep." Also featured is Dinosaur Jr.'s thundering live versions of "Freak Scene" and "The Wagon" and Babes In Toyland's brutal performance of "Dustcake Boy" as well as an appearance from legendary punk forefathers The Ramones as they blast through their 1977 classic "Commando." 1991: The Year Punk Broke is also packed with 65 minutes of bonus material, including the previously unreleased featurette "(This Is Known As) The Blues Scale," featuring over 40 minutes of additional live footage of Sonic Youth performing "White Kross," "Eric's Trip," "Chapel Hill" and "Inhuman," plus a rare Nirvana performance of "In Bloom." Other extras include live rough cuts of "Mote" and "Flower," the original movie trailer, and "Broken Punk" -- a 2003 panel discussion with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley and Lee Ranaldo, Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis and Filmmaker Dave Markey.
Just as Woodstock captured the pinnacle of the `60s counter-culture movement in cinema, 1991: The Year Punk Broke prolifically documents a new generation of artists that once again grew tired of the stereotypical rock and roll lifestyle and ripped apart this force-fed formula, stripping it down completely and rebuilding from the ground up with its own DIY ethics and creating a scene all their own. With screeching feedback and a wall of sound, Sonic Youth lead the charge, straight through the superficial rock world of the `80s, marking the beginning of the year punk finally broke into the mainstream, giving credence and legitimacy to all those artists who helped pave the way before them.
1. SCHIZOPHRENIA Sonic Youth
2. NEGATIVE CREEP Nirvana
3. BROTHER JAMES Sonic Youth
4. SCHOOL Nirvana
5. TEENAGE RIOT Sonic Youth
6. FREAK SCENE Dinosaur Jr.
7. DUSTCAKE BOY Babes in Toyland
8. DIRTY BOOTS Sonic Youth
9. ENDLESS, NAMELESS Nirvana
10. I LOVE HER ALL THE TIME Sonic Youth
11. PRE Gumball
12. THE WAGON Dinosaur Jr.
13. MOTE Sonic Youth
14. SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Nirvana
15. COMMANDO The Ramones
16. KOOL THING Sonic Youth
17. POLLY Nirvana
18. EXPRESSWAY TO YR SKULL Sonic Youth
* (This Is Known As) THE BLUES SCALE - 40 Minute Bonus Film
1. INHUMAN Sonic Youth
2. WHITE CROSS Sonic Youth
3. ORANGE ROLLS, ANGELS SPIT Sonic Youth
4. IN BLOOM Nirvana
5. ERIC'S TRIP Sonic Youth
6. CHAPEL HILL Sonic Youth
* BROKEN PUNK: 12 Years After Q&A
* ROUGH CUTS: MOTE - Flower
* TEENAGE RIOT (ALT EDIT)
1991: The Year Punk Broke (DVD)