Monday, May 24, 2010
Retro-luxe is Watching...
The Future is Unwritten, documentary about Joe Strummer of the seminal punk rock band, the Clash. The documentary uses archival footage and interviews to chronicle Strummer's journey from hippy, adventurous art student, to surly punk rock warlord and frontman of the Clash, to his middle-aged deep depression and quest for meaning and musical endeavors in his post-Clash life before his untimely death of a heart attack in 2002. Much of this movie is comprised of interviews with aging, former punk rockers sitting around campfires. That part, not so sexy. The archival footage of the Clash and the vintage interviews with the Clash are extremely sexy.
Big idea here: it's complicated being a punk rock warlord, particularly one with a conscience. Punk rock and massive success don't mix so well because massive success is not punk rock. Other take-aways: The Clash rocked. They also looked fabulous doing it with their great hair and great style. They went beyond the fray in their ability to bring ideological intelligent themes to a genre where for most the only message was "Fuck you." The Clash said, "Fuck you because..." and it was refreshing.
How sexy was Paul Simonon?