Multcolib picks: Doom Town: Portland Punk
Annotation:Clips of dismayed local television personalities are interspersed with live footage of the bands and interviews with band members. Includes performances by the Neo Boys, Wipers, Poison Idea, and non-Portlanders The Dead Kennedys.
Annotation:Driving, melodic, bleak, emotional. Revered by many later local bands, and even by some well-known ones from Seattle.
Annotation:Documentary about the seedy club where many of the most notable underground bands of the '80s and '90s played, including Poison Idea, Dead Moon, and more.
Annotation:Brutal, nasty, and ugly, they influenced many later punk bands and were even an inspiration for black metal. Known for intense, dangerous shows during which the singer blew gouts of fire across the ceiling.
Annotation:You never knew what you would encounter in this tiny all-ages club. An all-female band featuring 7 guitarists? People allowing themselves to be publicly spanked by a guy in a raw meat loincloth? A gay hardcore band gutsy enough to call themselves the Mukilteo Fairies after a ferry in Washington?
Annotation:The story of Fred and Toody Cole spans the 1960s to today. A Dead Moon reunion recently sold out the Crystal Ballroom, and Fred and Toody can still be found playing clubs around town as the Pierced Arrows. Their sound is gritty and raw, with a bit of a western influence.
Annotation:James Chasse was an early zine writer and punk musician who suffered from mental illness later in life and was killed in an encounter with police. This collection includes excerpts from his zine, interviews with musicians who knew him, including members of the Wipers, Neo Boys and others, and photos and fliers from local punk shows.