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The Decline Of Western Civilization (1980 Film) Soundtrack


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Audio CD, Soundtrack, July 30, 1996
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1. White Minority - Black Flag
2. Depression - Black Flag
3. Revenge - Black Flag
4. Manimal - Germs
5. Underground Babylon - Catholic Discipline
6. Beyond And Back - x
7. Johny Hit And Run Paulene - x
8. We're Desperate - x
9. Red Tape - Circle Jerks
10. Back Against The Wall - Circle Jerks
11. I Just Want Some Skank - Circle Jerks
12. Beverly Hills - Circle Jerks
13. Gluttony - Alice Bag Band
14. I Don't Care About You - Fear
15. I Love Livin' In The City - Fear
16. Fear Anthem - Fear

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 30, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Polygram
  • ASIN: B0000057C2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Livid Imp on September 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There are actually three "Decline of the Western Civilization" movies (Punk, Metal, and Rap). It is not clear which one is being sold here. The original 'Decline' was a documentary about the L.A. Punk scene in the late 70's (created by P. Spheres)(sp?). The REAL punk scene, not the Hollywoodized punk rockers on TV. If you have any interest in punk rock at all, this is an absolute must have. Bands include X, Germs, Fear, Circle Jerks, Black Flag (good Black Flag, pre-Rollins), etc. The sound track includes sound bites from the film. Among these, you get treated to Fear's infamous audience bating and Black Flag opening "Revenge" with a adrenalin pumping scream of -"It's not my imagination, I'VE GOT A GUN IN MY BACK!"
Unfortunately, what is likely being sold here is the soundtrack to the second or third movies. These were commercially produced example of corporate interests trying to jump on the cool-n-hip bandwagon right as it stops. If it is one of the other two sound tracks, change my star rating to 1 and try to find the original....good luck.
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Yeah, one of the greatest lp covers too. That's truely one of the few things I miss about albums, the size of the cover just worked so much better simply due to the size compared to these little CD covers that are even smaller than 7" record sleeves.
You really notice when it's a great record cover and this is one of them. Course, MANIC HISPANIC's homage to this cover is equally priceless.

Meanwhile, Aside from the Yes L.A. clear vinyl one sided album that came out about 1980 this was one of the few albums back in the day that really captured the big L.A. region punk bands, particularly live.

Sure, since then we've had the Live at the Mosque series and the release of the Dangerhouse comp albums of the early classic 7"s from the region and mainly many of these same bands. But back then, this was sorta it.

Which is kinda funny cuz one of the main things about punk was and, fortunately, continues to be DIY and bands cooperating with each other and indie labels doing compilation albums. They've always served a lovely purpose of getting the music out working together without the help of big music business and giving punx a chance to hear a bunch of bands at once.

Course, except for the road film with SOCIAL DISTORTION which came out a year or so later than this film, there were precious few films back then actually documenting the scene. Heck, far as I remember, this was it.

Pure punk rock baby. Each part of the country, generally and, really, each city, at least the bigger ones, had their own scene. Naturally, the greater L.A. region had a thriving one and this is the proof. If ya think about it, several of these bands were able to weather the storm of time and make out mostly alive.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This cd contains a collection of some of the best punk bands ever. To hear these bands studio albums is great, but to hear them play live is euphoric, it gets the adrenaline going like no bands ever before or since. Black Flag(pre-Rollins, when they were good) and the Circle Jerks really get your heart racing, the Germs are, well, the Germs, Catholic Discipline is awful, but still better than any "punk" bands today, X is great, by far the most mainstream band on this cd, Fear is great as usual, and the Bags are the best band in this film, very underrated. You also get some sound bits from the film by the moronic kids that Penelope Spheeris interviewed. The only bad thing about this cd is that it only included one Bags song, "Gluttony", and left out "Prowlers In The Night", very dissapointing as this is the only version of this song they ever recorded, as the band broke up before they could release a studio album. Other than this tragic mistake, this cd is a classic and everyone who considers themselves into punk rock should own the film and the cd(and the lp, if you can find it.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album, and the documentary that coinsided with it, are possibly the most important signs of the changing times. Kids were sick of the music that was being put out in the late 70's and early 80's. They were tired of synthesizers and "teeny-bop" music and looking for something more raw. Punk was it! This release captures some of the most influential punk bands of those times in their natural enviornment. Live! From the pure aggresion of Black Flag to the mockery of keyboards by Catholic Discipline this album captures the scene exceptionaly well. It is a must for any true "old school" punk or anyone trying to find the roots of some of the newer "alternative" bands. Buy it and enjoy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Winston on October 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A must own companion piece for fans of the Penelope Spheeris rockumentary. However, this live album stands the test of time on its own as a legitimate popcultural artifact. A veritable audio time capsule, immortalizing the "red eyed legends" of a generation in search of it's own distinct musical voice, too young for Woodstock, too old for Hip-Hop and too cool for Disco.
Before Henry Rollins became a household name (depending on the household), Black Flag featured the likes of "Chavo" Ron Reyes, Keith Morris (featured on this album with the Circle Jerks), and Greg Guinn, who wrote most of Black Flag's music and drove the majority of the bands frenzied live sets with indecent melodies bled from a see through guitar. Picture Keith Richards at 90 rpm. The Foo Fighter's Pat Smear, got his first taste of rock and roll sub-stardom with the Germs, while Fear's Lee Ving distinguished himself on this album and many others as the Andrew Dice Clay of punk rock front men. And then there is X, perhaps the greatest "rock and roll" band most mainstream music fans will never hear.
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