Saturday, June 22, 2013

Urban Struggle: The Battle of the Cuckoo's Nest (1981) ft.Black Flag, Circle Jerks, T.S.O.L.

"Our main premise is to get people to hate us."
Derf Scratch, Fear

Especially with the bands present here (Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear), this 1981 documentary by Paul Young feels like a mini-sequel to Penelope Spheeris' seminal punk film The Decline of Western Civilization. In case you feel those grizzled punks complaining about how kids today have it soft are just seeing things through shit-coloured glasses, this film really captures the violent, repressive milieu these kids lived (and reveled) in.

Urban Struggle: The Battle Of The Cuckoos Nest from York Shackleton on Vimeo.

The footage for this film was incorporated into the newer documentary, We Were Feared, apparently without the legal OK.

Here's the seemingly shorter, YouTube version:

MRML readers, let us know what you think of this lost shard of punk rock history in the COMMENTS section!


  1. No mention of The Vandals song "Urban Struggle" for the kids today?

  2. Good call. That said,. There's a Vandals song played during the movie I just can't recall if its U.S.

  3. Good call!

    There's definitely a Vandals song somewhere in there - but no live footage

  4. That was damn cool- thanks for the link!

  5. I like this site. Great job.

  6. Thoroughly enjoyed this film, particularly all the live footage. Thanks for the link!


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