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Various: Another State Of Mind DVDAnother State Of Mind DVD (2004)
BYO Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: Nick_VNick_V
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I was born in 1981, which means that 90% of my favorite bands were at the apex of their existence while I was running circle pits in my playpen to the sounds of "Sesame Street." Although I often lament the fact that I was born too late to experience firsthand the music that has proven itself to be t.


I was born in 1981, which means that 90% of my favorite bands were at the apex of their existence while I was running circle pits in my playpen to the sounds of "Sesame Street." Although I often lament the fact that I was born too late to experience firsthand the music that has proven itself to be the most vital in my life, I always keep an eye out for digitized time capsules of a bygone era, such as this one.

Set and filmed in 1982, BYO's Stern brothers purchase a decrepit school bus and set off to tour North America with their Los Angeles peers, Social Distortion. A melange of roadies, mechanics and peers tag along for the trip, lured by the thrills of the experience and a $5.00 per-diem. Footage of live performances and the road is interspersed with interviews of the participating bands and street punks, waxing philosophical about the intrinsic entropy of standard-issue suburban family units, Reagan-era politics, Mike Ness' drinking habits, and punk rock ethics. There's also footage of an adolescent (not the band) Mike Ness applying his make-up in the mirror and strumming a catchy tune that would later become the song "Another State Of Mind."

There's a wide cast of characters in this movie, from brain-damaged Canadian gutter punks to snooty French coffee shop owners who call the cops to throw out hungry punk rockers. As the tour grinds on, the merry collective of peripatetic punks quickly grows frustrated with each other's personalities, eccentricities and the cramped, steerage-like living conditions. Attrition inevitably occurs, with fed-up roadies and band members opting for Greyhound tickets back to Los Angeles. Morale deteriorates as the bus becomes fraught with mechanical problems, resulting in everyone's daily food money being reduced to cover repairs. The crew crashes briefly in New York with Circle One's John Macias and the P.U.N.X. Christian punk collective, taking advantage of the free lodging and politely tolerating the pervasive "Join Jesus" atmosphere.

The bands move on to Washington, D.C. and are put up at the Dischord house, where we are treated to golden footage of Ian MacKaye working behind the counter at Häagen-Daz (though Rollins had already left for LA with Black Flag -- he is nowhere in sight) and some classic chaotic footage of a Minor Threat show. After crashing in D.C. and taking a hard look at their circumstances, the bands realize that they can't complete the tour and decide to return to Los Angeles, tired and hungry. As they leave the broken-down bus in the driveway of the Dischord house, each of them is alternately sorry that things didn't work out and excited that they're going back home.

The movie runs for roughly 80 minutes, and although some of the interviews can be a bit long-winded and tedious, there are plenty of goodies to keep you entertained, such as an instructional primer on skanking (which is punk dancing for those of you who don't know), various bits of punk mischief (stealing Canadian flags, for example) and a montage of stage-diving and moshing clips set to the tune of Youth Brigade's "Violence".

All in all, I enjoyed this movie very much, because it was a peek into a world that I was too young to experience, but never too old to look back on and celebrate. If you're a fan of Social Distortion, Youth Brigade, Minor Threat and the Reagan-era zeitgeist of punk/hardcore, then this is well worth the $13.99.

Now, if only they'd release "Decline Of Western Civilization" on DVD...

 

 
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Anonymous (August 27, 2005)

- stevejones8770@yaho.com

you must be talking aboot yr mom: ya ho ?

i think you meant yahoo.

ok. i made an asshole remark about the reviews being old. you pointed it out. good for you. i'll put a star next to yr name and send a nice note home.

but look, i gave you an opportunity to end this idiocy by saying i was sorry and stuff.

the reason i keep coming back to this and posting is because i'm truly intrigued with all the fuckin' hate and shit that i see on messageboards. especially among supposedly like-minded people (uh, punks).

yeah. i know. i started. i posted some shite about the reviews being old. again, i'm sorry.

but dude, everywhere i go there are no-life losers like you waiting to pounce!...calling people out on shit and saying "burned" and "owned" and shit.

you, friend, truly are a jock. there's not a punk bone in yr body. i feel sorry for you.

love, that guy.

oh, and look, keep talking shit because it makes you more jock-y and i think that's funny. i'm laughing right now.

oh, and i listened to RKL in high school in the 80's. yeah, i'm old.

oh, and Another State of Mind is a rad movie. thanks for the review! and i'm sorry to PUNKNEWS.ORG for talking a wee bit o' shit. i sent something to you for review MONTHS ago and was momentarily frustrated because it hasn't been reviewed. but i understand and it's cool. keep up the good work.

but jones, dude...suck it.

stevejonestherealbones (August 27, 2005)

i got the cut & paste right.

and you know what doesn't mean shit? a war of words between 2 punks.

so i bow out. sorry. let's move on.

-that guy from 2 posts back or whatever.

you call this a war?
you said something stupid...i pointed it out
you said something stupid again...i pointed that out
some war. we can move on, i am an ass and just have to say this first...

you damn well didnt get the cut and paste right. dont try and tell me you meant to post your reply between the "jones the bones" part and my email address....

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yaho.com

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"to the guy two posts below who hasnt learned to properly cut and paste...what the hell are you talking about with your punk points and shit? what in my comment made you think i care about all that and when you were listening to rkl?

besides, saying you listened to them in high school doesnt mean shit. for all i know, that coulda been this afternoon..on your ipod mini ..on the way to summer school

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com"

i got the cut & paste right.

and you know what doesn't mean shit? a war of words between 2 punks.

so i bow out. sorry. let's move on.

-that guy from 2 posts back or whatever."

Uhhhh,,,,,,I wrote my comment before I read the article and saw any of the comments entered. Just saying I live a couple blocks from ian, seriously,,,,,just a joke.

I think you spend toooooo much time on this site.

and for the record JONES THE BONES?!?!, that RKL comment was from someone else ASSWIPE!

"All up in the Kool Aid and don't even know the FLAVOR!!!"

sickboi (August 24, 2005)

Shawn is one of the nicest guys in punk rock. Met him a few years ago in Richmond when they did a show with Mustard Plug, and I think, the Utters?

Anyways, Shawn was a class act and Mustard Plug were dicks.

The end.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

"to the guy two posts below who hasnt learned to properly cut and paste...what the hell are you talking about with your punk points and shit? what in my comment made you think i care about all that and when you were listening to rkl?

besides, saying you listened to them in high school doesnt mean shit. for all i know, that coulda been this afternoon..on your ipod mini ..on the way to summer school

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com"

i got the cut & paste right.

and you know what doesn't mean shit? a war of words between 2 punks.

so i bow out. sorry. let's move on.

-that guy from 2 posts back or whatever.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

BYO RECORDS.........I ordered a cd from those guys a while ago, and after about 2 weeks I called them for the status. They said they sent it out a couple days ago and I should receive it any minute now. When I got home, there it was.

Point is......it's a business. If you think something is wrong, CALL THEM, it's a BUSINESS. They're not gonna let themselves get a bad name w/out trying to fix the problem.

Keep up the good work Shawn.....that guy below is just mad cuz hollywood video fired his ass.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

I bought this on VHS about 3 years ago. It's great. It showed the ups and downs of punk rock touring. I liked the minor threat scenes the best, since my house is about 6 blocks from theirs.

OOOOOOHhhhhhhh.......punk rock points for me

joeg (August 22, 2005)

"woah, relax. i don't think anyone here is saying that the film isn't awesome, but it's jsut responsible when discussing a review to mention that, if the film is a documentary and some of it has been staged... well that is of interest and should be noted. no one is poo-pooing another state of mind. i made the first commment on this thread about it and im disappointed that you somehow read my observatiosn and the others as being aggressive. i didnt think that was the vibe,"

-and i in turn don't think shawn's comments were whining or should be perceived as whining, at least in my eyes. he made some frank observations. and i think he was commenting on what was written in the review, not your comments, where it was made to look as if the guys were all buddy buddy with the supposed "christian punks" in nyc when in fact if you had heard the band commentary, that wasn't the case. shawn was just clearing that up from the review, no?

joeg (August 22, 2005)

it's always shawn stern this, shawn stern that!!!

-i didn't like the roadie who kept dying his hair every other day.

stevejonestherealbones (August 22, 2005)

to the guy two posts below who hasnt learned to properly cut and paste...what the hell are you talking about with your punk points and shit? what in my comment made you think i care about all that and when you were listening to rkl?

besides, saying you listened to them in high school doesnt mean shit. for all i know, that coulda been this afternoon..on your ipod mini ..on the way to summer school

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Nick_V (August 22, 2005)

Staged or not, the footage is of punks and punk rock music in 1982, so that's why I gave it a good score.

I liked it, Shawn. Watched it again last night.

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

"hahahahha...ok, maybe you missed that post in the main section about the reviews being backed up, so saturday is classic day and all that...maybe you missed that, but youre still a moron...rkl is even older than 5 years AHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAH

burned

- jones the bones"

"competition has it's ways of making you mad" gb

thanks for 'burning me' fellow punk rocker. you win!

oh yeah, i forgot. i was listening to RKL in HIGH SCHOOL.

wow, did i get a point? joy!

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

don't ask BYO to support their bands??!!!. do you want the story from both sides or are you only interested in what you read/heard from the band?

for the few bands (and i can count them on one hand) that have had problems with us over the nearly 25 years we've been doing this, the complaints always derive from the same basic problems, some bands seem to think that being on a record label means their records will automatically sell, they will be on big sold out tours and they will make lot's of money and be famous. if these things don't happen, it must be the labels fault!

keep in mind that BYO is run by people in a band, we know both sides of how the "business" works. people that work hard and take our advice often do quite well (check out the bouncing souls as a great example of this)

as for your problems with mailorder, my apologies. we do have a toll free line and we do our best to get orders out right away, but we're human, we make mistakes. all that's needed is to bring them to our attention and we'll make sure it gets fixed. if you want to complain about us on-line, that's your right, but how about at least giving us the opportunity to fix the problem before condemning us!?

take care,

Shawn

jockmcbored (August 22, 2005)

"The movie is great but the score is for the BYO and Youth Brigade. It's more than 20 years later and they're still DIY and just as committed to the ideals of punk rock as they were back in the day."

yeah, BYO, DIY.... just don't ask them to support their bands - Four Letter Word - and don't expect them to deliver cds when you buy them from them. Still waiting for the 2 Pinhead Circus CDs. Took the money dint they and never responded to emails

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

woah, relax. i don't think anyone here is saying that the film isn't awesome, but it's jsut responsible when discussing a review to mention that, if the film is a documentary and some of it has been staged... well that is of interest and should be noted. no one is poo-pooing another state of mind. i made the first commment on this thread about it and im disappointed that you somehow read my observatiosn and the others as being aggressive. i didnt think that was the vibe,

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

all that footage was real, maybe they changed up a few locations, but it was still shot in 1982 and the shows did happen. why don't you get off your fat lazy computer asses and start your own scene! punk was a lifestyle and a community, make something happen for yourself and get involved with something that you believe in!

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

how anyone can watch this film and somehow think that the scene w/John Macias in the wig factory was in NYC is just absurd!?!?! And to state that we were in that scene? Did you listen to our commentary? That scene was not a part of the tour at all and there were many parts of this film that were not a part of the tour, they were simply put in by the directors to give perspective to what they perceived as "punk rock" Of course we often disagreed, but in the end, it was not our movie. So, you get punk from lot's of different peoples' viewpoints, which is, at the very least, interesting.

As far as comparing this to the decline, that movie was completely manipulated , but then what documentary isn't? They're always going to be a product of the filmakers views on the subject because they will film and edit the story they want to tell. There were lot's of great things on the tour that didn't make it into the film, but the worst part of that is that the 60 hours of footage that never got used seem to have been lost.

Anyhow, glad to know that people still appreciate what we do!

Shawn

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

You'll also notice the footage is of Bad Religion during the stage dive sequence, not YB...classic, florentine gardens show.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

I bought this a few months back. Loved it. I was born in '76 so I too missed the realtime experience of Reagan-era punk.

I just bought the new Ramones box-set for the same reason. I was too young when they were putting out their best stuff.

Bastardzach (August 21, 2005)

It's a good movie..... From the commentaries though, you find out that a lot of it was manufatured..... and alot of footage was subtracted from the overrall presentation, making this film incomplete in alot of ways. Then again, this is the best representation of the bands featured that is available in mainstream stores.

stevejonestherealbones (August 21, 2005)

"wow, yr '10 newest reviews' are all 1-5 years old. nice job."

hahahahha...ok, maybe you missed that post in the main section about the reviews being backed up, so saturday is classic day and all that...maybe you missed that, but youre still a moron...rkl is even older than 5 years AHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAH

burned

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

A wilhelm scream sucks!

joeg (August 21, 2005)

"wow, yr '10 newest reviews' are all 1-5 years old. nice job."

yr a moronsz.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

wow, yr '10 newest reviews' are all 1-5 years old. nice job.

joeg (August 21, 2005)

great documentary and a great buy. although it is interesting as someone commented earlier that chunks of the footage you see don't even take place when and where its supposed to be. like the christian punk gathering in new york actually took place in l.a. and mike ness says in his commentary that there were a lot of things that happened on the tour that the film makers missed like the fight with the puerto rican gang in connecticut.

the tutorial on how to skank was unfortunate.

but ian mackaye working at the haagen daz. score is for that scene alone.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

great stuff

BlAquaCadetZstyles (August 21, 2005)

Is there somewhere you can download Decline from?

Nick_V (August 21, 2005)

You're right, I should have added the commentary.

I submitted this review about 2-3 months ago, possibly more. Nice to see it now.

gladimnotemo (August 21, 2005)

This is great, even if just for the Minor Threat without a PA footage.

Cos (August 21, 2005)

Great movie. Glad its been re-released on DVD for all to see. Much more essential than the Decline of Western Civilization. Check the uncredited Keith Morris interviews...

--Cos

nineden (August 21, 2005)

The movie is great but the score is for the BYO and Youth Brigade. It's more than 20 years later and they're still DIY and just as committed to the ideals of punk rock as they were back in the day.

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

I think this review leaves out one extremely crucial point - if you watch the movie with the various (surprisingly entertaining) commentary tracks, it's revealed that MANY scenes of this classic film were in fact re-created and staged. The film makers even pushed that kid to keep changing his hair color.

pretty interesting, but moreso when you find out about all the sneaky stuff.

the_other_scott (August 21, 2005)

they do have decline on dvd

allbutone (August 21, 2005)

Now, if only they'd release "Decline Of Western Civilization" on DVD... "

they are supposedly doing this.

declinemovies.com

Anonymous (August 21, 2005)

Amazing. A great look in to 80s punk.

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