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Circle Jerks - My Career As A Jerk (2013)

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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008I5OID4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,453 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the beginning, LA punk band the Circle Jerks were rooted in controversy. Formed by ex members of Black Flag and Red Cross (now Redd Kross) in late 1979, the band came to encapsulate the image, sound and energy of California Hardcore Punk. Filmmaker David Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke, The Slog Movie) mixes in-depth interviews, rare live footage and historical perspective to illustrate the story of one of the most influential bands in the American underground. My Career as a Jerk follows the band from their early days and classic debut to navigating the independent label and touring scene of the 80s to the addictions, fights and injuries that forced their break up. Of course the story doesn't quite end there.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm... they don't deny everything December 17, 2012
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The latest in my continuing "Early '80s Hardcore Nostalgia Trip" series I've been on lately.

It's funny- when I first got into hardcore 30 years ago, the Circle Jerks were one of the first bands I glommed onto and claimed as my own. But now I realize that I barely knew anything about them for all these years. I knew Keith was ex-Black Flag, I knew Greg was ex-Red Cross, I knew Lucky was Chett Lehrer's older brother ... and that was about it. Never knew how they met, how they started the band, why Lucky was only on the first two albums, where his replacement came from, why Roger disappeared, what drove them to make a hard left turn when they did the Wonderful album, and pretty much anything after that because that was when I hopped off their bandwagon. Well, all the answers to all the questions I never thought to ask are all contained here, and I loved hearing it all. It's a pretty dry documentary, mainly driven by Keith Morris and Greg Hetson sitting in front of a camera (separately) and spilling their guts. Lucky, Zander Schloss and Earl Liberty have plenty to say as well. Not a whole lot of drama, though I was sorry to hear about how Roger left the band and what became of him years later, right when he was on the verge of rejoining. The whole story just kinda peters out in the end. Not exactly the most compelling documentary in general, but good stuff for an old fan such as myself.

I also want to credit this for prodding me to finally check out Keith Morris' current band, Off. They're the real deal for sure, I never dreamed I'd hear new hardcore in this day and age that actually sounds authentic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome video on the Circle Jerks February 21, 2013
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This video will give you insight into the entire lifespan of one of my favorite bands of all time, the Circle Jerks. From Keith Morris' end with Black Flag to the formation of OFF! and it's effect on the future of the Jerks, this will take you through all the ups and downs of the band.

Interviews include most of the members of the band including Keith Morris, Greg Hetson, Lucky Lehrer, Earl Liberty and Zander Schloss, to name a few. There is great concert footage of the band throughout and facts exposed that will answer questions that have lingered for years, not only about the Jerks themselves but aspects of punk that are little known.

Did you know that Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers was once a Jerk? That one time drummer Chuck Biscuits was ceremoniously kicked out of the band (literally) for refusing to play a gig at a party? These are the kinds of things you'll discover in the video.

If the Circle Jerks are a favorite or if you just interested in a part of punk rock history, buy this! Buy it now! Oh, and don't forget to watch the deleted scenes after you watch the main video. It's just as interesting as the rest of it and easily adds to all of the other parts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really delivers February 1, 2013
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Extended and very candid interviews with the band members and lots of great performance footage from all eras of the band's career. The Jerks don't hold back in dishing out the drama from behind the scenes- even die-hard fans will learn new stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Know your history...... July 5, 2013
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This is an informative DVD that shows the viewer an inside look at one of the most influential early punk bands. If you haven't heard of these guys.... educate yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!! July 7, 2014
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This documentary is everything I could've hoped for. Though I've loved the Circle Jerks since my introduction to them around 1989, I didn't know a lot of details about them. I knew the broad strokes, seen the lineup change from release to release, but the details were never very clear to me in that pre-Internet era. Thankfully, this doc came along and tells the whole story in a plain and simply - told way via interviews with the parties who lived it. Though not every last member is interviewed (no input from Chuck Biscuits for example), it feels like the full story is there; you're not left wanting for information.

The outtakes are great and informative as well. For Circle Jerks fans, I seriously cannot recommend this enough. Well done.
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