Clockwork Orange County
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(Jul 24, 2012)
An untold, true story of the rise of So. California punk rock and the infamous Cuckoo's Nest, a key punk club of the 70's and early '80s.The film includes interviews with, owner Jerry Roach, legendary entertainers like Rick Agnew, Tony Alva, Duane Peters, Steve Soto, Jello Biafra, Rodney Bingenheimer, Chuck Dukowski, Tony Cadena, Joe Escalante and Jack Grisham, plus... show clips by nationally known acts like Iggy Pop, the Ramones, David Johansen and New York Dolls. Meet the real Pat Brown immortalized by the Vandals. Watch Orange County and South Bay groups including TSOL, the Adolescents, the Black Flag and the Circle Jerks. The Cuckoo's Nest was the start of slam-dancing (moshing) and the surf, skate and extreme-sports culture of today. The Nest, eventually, closed from disputes with neighbors and city officials who objected to the leather-jacket, spike-hair kids with tattoos, but...that did not dissuade the punk rock generation. No one realized that a little club in Costa Mesa, California would end up spawning a multi-billion dollar youth culture that still endures today!
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Interviews with Nest owner Jerry Roach and icons including: Rick Agnew, Duane Peters, Steve Soto, Jello Biafra, Tony Cadena, Henry Rollins, Jack Grisham, Chuck Dukowski, Keith Morris and Joe Escalante.
Top customer reviews
There are some choice bits of live footage from 1979 to 1981 of the Ramones, the Circle Jerks, TSOL, even Black Flag (so either Greg Ginn has lightened up on his b.s. or when he finds out he's going to get litigious...) Lots of old interview footage. I guess the black & white stuff is all recycled from the short doc Urban Struggle from back then, which I vaguely recall watching at someone's house once. In a way, I guess this more or less a "30 years later" update to that. Overall, the quality isn't so hot. I don't know if my copy of the DVD is defective, but every so often it would freeze and hang for a couple of seconds, as if the laser was having trouble tracking the data. I kept expecting the screen to go black and get the "Unable to Play Disc" error message but thankfully that never happened.
Also, I get that this is intended to focus specifically on the Nest... but it gives the impression that it was the one and only club going for hardcore gigs. If a sociologist was to find this video a few decades from now, they'd think the Cuckoo's Nest was the only hardcore venue in the entire world. Even if it was the only one in OC at the time, it's not as if LA was more than 30-45 minutes away.
All in all this is a truly great document and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the classic first wave of the hardcore scene, back when it actually meant something.
Long live Stevo!