Well then there's this, the trailer for the upcoming C.B.G.B.'s movie, which is embarrassing and nauseating, both at the same time. It just looks terrible, even for Hollywood standards, and the subject matter seems kind of redundant. The real story of C.B.G.B.'s has already been done before, just as recently as 2009 in fact, with Burning Down The House: The Story Of C.B.G.B.'s, and that was told by the people who were actually there, not a bunch of ass clowns in wigs acting out some stuff that may or may not have ever happened. I think the tacked on inclusion of the Police at the end of the trailer pretty much says it all. The Police had as much to do with the story of C.B.G.B.'s as John Lennon does, and them being in this movie only highlights the true prerogative of this farce - to sell movie soundtracks on iTunes. I get the whole kitschy, 'Punk is mindless fun' thing, but this is beyond reproach. And I'm not even gonna comment on the whole 'nostalgia for nostalgia's sake' thing this movie plays into either. Whatever. At least the movie got the bathroom right, which is something more than the MOMA people couldn't do.
Since it's such a furor in the Punk Rock world, I gotta say something about this Black Flag BS that's going on. I like how it's suddenly gotten quiet once it was revealed that Mr. Rollins and Mr. Morris signed papers in 2012 claiming they were the sole Owners of the Black Flag name and logo, in an attempt to get the trademark rights to both. Pretty cheesy move if you ask me. And if Chuck Dukowski signed an agreement after he sued for back royalties a long time ago, saying he wouldn't profit from the name or logo or Black Flag likeness, then, I guess, from a legal standpoint, then Mr. Ginn is in the right to sue them. It's a dick move, I'll give you that, but flip the coin and see how you'd feel if Keith Morris and Henry Rollins were giving control of the Black Flag trademark - would you be so supportive and up in arms when Greg Ginn called them out for their dick move. Probably not, because Greg Ginn is a dick and he doesn't pay bands back royalties and he loves cats and blah blah blah, and Henry Rollins is cool because he played that white supremacist on Sons Of Anarchy, and Keith Morris is the cute little Punk Rock Dwarf who's always got something to say about anything and everything. Whatever. Greg Ginn has always marched to the tune of a different drummer. He made a musical career out of being anti-everything and doing things that weren't meant to be popular, or to win him any friends. Why would now be any different? It's sad what's happening to this once illustrious band. Some bands apparently should be left in the grave, never to reform or rise again. Black Flag may be one of those bands.
Ahhhhhh who gives a fuck anyways. There's too much good stuff going on this weekend to care about trivial Interwebz bullshit. I forgot to mention that S.F.T. are playing @ the Double Clown on Sat. with a band called Genius, from South Korea, so come check that out if you're interested in hearing some quirky, alternative music ala the Violent Femmes, and also on Sat., Mersa and IDFI are playing at the Golden Palms with some bands not worth mentioning. Like I said, there's all sorts of cool stuff going on this weekend. It's gonna be fun trying to squeeze it all in.
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