It occurred to me last night, while watching Penelope Spheeris' awesome 1983 flick, Suburbia, that the only good movies about punk rock were made in the 1980s (see also: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains). While Suburbia is rife with bad acting (provided by the cast of LA street punks who had little or no prior acting experience), it's one of the few films that covered the many facets of punk life: the squatting, the vandalizing, the drug-using, the harassment, and suburban garage-raiding that delinquent, disaffected youth runaways did to survive (and die for). While the drama features three LA punk bands at the time (D.I., T.S.O.L., and The Vandals), aside from the concert scenes, the movie barely has much of a soundtrack. Perhaps because it really doesn't need one: the real soundtrack to LA punk rock was already documented in Spheeris' documentary about LA's punk scene, The Decline of the Western Civilization, that showed how those natty punk rockers we now call legend lived and worked back then. (Darby's wasted! X give themselves tattoos! Black Flag live in a church!)
Aside from those films that incorporated "punk rock" main characters, like Valley Girl (key line: "I like tacos and my favorite color is magenta"), no one has made a movie quite like Suburbia, where punk rockers made the choice to abandon all of life's luxuries and live happily in squalor. What about SLC Punk, the movie preaching anarchy, giving the middle finger to society, and not selling out, that in the end, ends up selling out? That movie wasn't punk rock. It was a movie about a privileged kid, living in a spacious apartment with Black Flag lyrics tagged on the wall, who partied and dictated what anarchy was, thinking he was some God-send existentialist that felt punished for living in Salt Lake City 1985 instead of London 1977. Yeah, that movie was terrible (as if casting Matthew Lillard as said punker wasn't evident enough.)
Have there been any other films about the true punk rock lifestyle, and I don't mean the glorified bio-pics of Darby Crash, or Sid and Nancy, or on any one particular punk band? Or are punks just left to characterize themselves on the city streets?