Safety Pins on Television: go-to documentaries and live performances to kill time

Hey you! Feeling bored? Hungover? Going through withdrawal? Maybe you’re just tired, lonely, an insomniac or clinically depressed? Or, for those of you catching up on current trends by way of getting quarantined, infected or getting really close to death. I’m pretty sure most of us have gotten ourselves into situations that feel like an endless waste of time, getting bored to death – here’s a list of stuff to watch to help drag you through it:

THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION [1981]

An all time classic documentary with killer footage of the 1980s LA punk scene, containing what is arguably Black Flag’s best live performance of ‘Depression’, with Ron Reyes on vocals. The “in-depth” interview with Claude Bessy, AKA Kickboy Face, is one of my all time favourites. All of the madness gets some closure with an extreme fan-violent performance from Fear.

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxWjbpP6Fio

DEVO – THE MEN WHO MAKE THE MUSIC [1979]

Featuring weirdo sketch-like synth fueled non-scenes with alternating live footage. Just expect all things Devo, and keep an eye out for that “sexy” on stage striptease act.

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rqw01xt2Y0&t=1034s

RAMONES – LIVE AT THE RAINBOW [1977]

Gabba Gabba, we accept you, one of us.

LINK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp3zaeOyL7Q

DANNY SAYS [2015]

Danny Fields, mostly known as The Ramones’ manager, is the man who more or less picked every rockstar as we know them today. A solid documentary with interesting interviews from Iggy Pop, and the man himself, among others. Who knows, maybe it’ll even tell you who broke up the Beatles?

No YouTube link available for this one, you’ll have to resort to Netflix.

ODD COUPLE – LIVE AT ROCKPALAST [2018]

Never heard of ‘em? Idiot! Go check out this tight as hell live footage, shot at Reeperbahn Festival, in Hamburg, Germany.

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDs5EXL5yGI

INSTITUTE – LIVE AT KVRX FM [2014]

Alcohol? Xanax? Probably both.

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFEckqYQWoM&t=448s

MOTÖRHEAD – THE BIRTHDAY PARTY [1985]

Bass solos are blasphemous and unacceptable… EXCEPT for when th one and only Lemmy Kilmister rips out in ‘Stay Clean’.

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeXGW1yXgDg

THE CAVEMEN – NUKE CUBA [2020]

Stickin’ to the subject of bass players – have you ever heard the story about the bassist that lost his passport and got stuck in Cuba? That’s exactly what happened, leading up to the much discussed “theft” of said personal documents – This is the story of Sir N. Montague.

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWueDRMuf9w

-Timothy F