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Kill Your Idols

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Featuring: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth, Theoretical Girls, DNA, LIARS, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Gogol Bordello, flux information sciences, Lydia Lunch, Black Dice, Swans, A.R.E. Weapons, foetus and Glenn Branca.

Plot Outline: First-time filmmaker S.A. Crary shares a complex history of New York's art-punk scene. This compelling documentary weaves together a timeline for an aggressive movement allowing the players to reflect in the moment. With interviews from such punk rock icons as Teenage Jesus & the Jerks bassist Jim Sclavunos, bandmate Lydia Lunch, DNA's Arto Lindsay, Glenn Branca, Sonic Youth and others from the late '70s/early '80s art-punk explosion. Exclusive interviews with these originators and a new generation of practitioners -- from the Grammy-nominated Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Black Dice to Liars to Gogol Bordello -- reveals a consistent hunger for invention through subversion, motivations that come into cacophonous focus in the new and archival concert footage bridging the interviews. What also comes out is a depth of retrospection amongst the older generation that puts the younger generation's musings in a context that will surprise even the most plugged-in of scenesters. By documenting art-punk in the same spirit as the movement itself has played out, Crary has created a compelling reference for a movement that defies them and managed to stay true to its spirit in the process.

DVD Features:
· Over 60 mins of exclusive interviews and performances
· Additional live clips and music videos
· Photo galleries
· Weblinks
· Trailers


"...most vital rock scene New York's had since Blondie, the Talking Heads and the Ramones hung out at CBGB." -- PAPER Magazine

"Far more compelling and entertaining than virtually any of this summer’s big budget blockbuster movies..." -- REELMOVIECRITIC.COM

Special Features

  • Bonus interviews and performances
  • Live clips
  • Photo galleries
  • Trailers

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H30CHG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,820 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kill Your Idols" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD
Enigmatic and deliberately hypocritical, this is not a typical documentary film.

Taking cues more from video art than journalism, the film is structured thematically and is more complex than a linear historical survey. The editing cleverly compiles interviews with the originators of No Wave, newer bands, and Sonic Youth (the bridge between) into a sort of a dialogue of confession and criticism. The director doesn't conceal the fact that the cuts in editing pervert time, which appropriately comments on the medium of documentary film itself.

Shot in NY homes and streets rather than studios, Kill Your Idols meditates on the notion of nostalgia, time, scene, and music history. The film is unique for the ability to display the intentions of art through the musicians' view whether they sound dignified or not. It's clever and cocky and insightful. There are connections and contradictions. There are no pre-chewed short cuts. The film won't tell you what to think, but it will make you do so.

(The hour+ of special features on the DVD are very worth mentioning and include a lengthy, great featurette.)
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There seems to be an interesting problem that exists with most music documentaries. While the subject matter may be admirable, and often worthy of closer examination, the sheer scope of material needed to be covered is usually so dense that the individual voices profiled are usually truncated into one or two clever sound bites. While this is an understandable restriction of time, it still leaves the viewer with what is essentially a mere sketch of the material reduced into a few colorful footnotes.

As an introductory expose to No Wave for the younger crowd this film does a decent job, but to the more long time fan's of the genre the brief glimpses of interviews with people like Alan Vega, and M.Gira may seem too fleeting.

To be fair S.A. Crary seems to realize this and the DVD comes with almost an hour of extended footage, but the problem really seems to be the nature of the subjects them selves. Ultimately Suicide, Lydia Lunch , and the Swans were all predicated on such remarkable stories that any one of them would make a remarkable 3 hour documentary all on their own. To be sure, M.Gira's anecdote of sending certain dna body fluids of his in a baggie to Robert Christgau after a particularly pejorative review is worth the price of the DVD alone. That being said, even with the additional footage I was still left with a desire for more exhaustive interviews with people like Lydia Lunch , while the cinema of transgression figures Nick Zedd and Richard Kern (an important part of no wave ) didn't even make an on screen appearance at all.Again, I don't feel this is a fault of S.A. Cary's, it's just that the scope of the project has so many facets that even 3 hours seems too restrictive. This brings the other issue - The profile of the contemporary groups performing music.
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(4.5 stars) Superficially about the ultra-obscure New York art-punk scene across the past three decades, this cleverly edited film is really a meditation on originality and nostalgia. Made by jack-of-all-trades director S.A. Crary (who directs, shoots, edits, and produces the film) and famously rumored to have been budgeted in the three-figure range, the film's a slickly edited and surprisingly gorgeous tribute to New York's vibrant musical community. From even the opening credits, Kill Your Idols has an attitude in step with the music scene it's surveying, its images and pacing offering a cool reflection of its subject matter. Like the bands it covers, Kill Your Idols is constantly experimenting with form and challenging audience expectations and documentary tradition. Crary splices together interviews so deftly and playfully that the different artists seem to continue each other's thoughts; he goes so far with this technique as to have them alternating words, particularly when listing occurs, etc.. It's a neat technique, one that engages the viewer and creates parallels across generations and geography. The result is not just a documentary ON an artistic movment, but an artistic statement itself--a tone poem to innovation and creative inheritance that serves up its brutal truth with wit and humor. The great success of Kill Your Idols is that it's not just another pre-scripted history of details you can easily source in Wikipedia entries--it's a mishievous commentary and sincere investigation into the notion of history itself. A small, but standout piece in the cluttered world of music documentaries.
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Interesting documentary of the late 70's - 80's New York underground no wave experimental art post punk music scene. Includes mostly interviews and some music clips with Lydia Lunch. M Gira of the Swans, Sonic Youth. J G Thirwell aka Foetus/Clint Ruin and many others. I was disappointed that the interviews were all short and the music clips were only seconds long. Seemed like they had some great never before seen footage of the Swans, Lydia Lunch and Sonic Youth performing live that fans would have loved to witness.
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Im not sure what the point of this movie is other than to compare the late seventies, early eighties NYC scene with whats happening now or 2002. The older guard essentially accuse the younger of having no originality and to some extent theyre right. But then that isn't necessarily the younger musicians particular trip, so thematically this movie is somewhat weak. The older folks interviewed in what was jokingly called "No Wave" such as Glenn Branca, Lydia Lunch or Lee Renaldo were trying to make music that had no references other than to itself. They werent creating another take on the blues in other words and in some cases dispensed with what could be considered rock all together. They were more concerned with making art. By comparison the younger NYC musicians, who don't consider themselves artists, are imitative rather than innovative and are often imitating the older musicians interviewed. Could anyone make the case that the Strokes are in any way original or that A.R.E. Weapons are more than derivative electroclash with attitude? But then again, so what? This movie doesnt work either as history or polemic. No point is made other than the scene has changed for better or worse and if you didnt know who these people were before you would be only a little less clueless at the movies end. What is made clear is that the older "No Wave" NYC musicians had different attitudes and indeed very different agendas from the contemporary musicians. So to my mind the comparison between the two camps is without much value.

One thing I can say that the older original No Wave musicians are a lot more articulate than the modern musicians. Karen O is truly annoying with all her "like", "you know" nonsense and she actually is one of the more intelligent folks interviewed. The A.R.E. Weapons guys are barely above monkey level, as is their music.
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