Taehee Kim
April 16, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

1991: The Year Punk Broke

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
director
Dave Markey
genre
musical, Documentary

We gave it a B+

This documentary of Sonic Youth’s 1991 European tour begs the question, How can postpunk be so compelling and so profoundly irksome at the same time? In off-stage scenes, director Dave Markey strives for a kind of cinema verité-meets-homemade-fanzine appeal and succeeds almost too well. We carefully apply lipstick with Kurt Cobain, spoof Madonna’s Truth or Dare with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, and witness nearly every bodily function of bandmate Thurston Moore in claustrophobic detail. The enthralling performances — including SY’s ”Schizophrenia” and Dinosaur Jr’s ”Freak Scene” — redeem most of 1991: The Year Punk Broke‘s backstage excesses. B+

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