• Kill Your Idols (2004)

Kill Your Idols

Release Date: 2004

DVD Release Date: August 29th, 2006

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 15 min

Plot Summary

This documentary combines interviews and concert footage for an in-depth look at the history of No Wave, an aggressive flavor of underground rock music born in New York City in the 1980s. Subjects run the gamut from Glenn Branca and his influential all-guitar orchestra to the undulating minimalist punk of Suicide and the art-rock experimentation of Sonic Youth. The filmmakers also catch up with contemporary bands inspired by No Wave, including Liars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Gogol Bordello.

Director: S.A. Crary

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Hunger Artist

Keywords: 1990s, Amusing, New York City, 1980s, Inspiring, Rise, Passionate, 2000s

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  • 63
    Elizabeth WeitzmanNew York Daily News

    Most interesting are the founding mothers and fathers of this movement, who first appear amusingly nostalgic and eventually grow exceptionally bitter as they complain about the packaged and ambitious nature of artists today. show more

  • 75
    Ken FoxTV Guide Magazine

    Taking its title from a key track by the NYC noise band Sonic Youth, S.A. Crary's documentary about No Wave music and its paradoxical influence is both a history of music that sought to defy history and a sharp look at the crisis of innovation in an age of commodified nostalgia. show more

  • 50
    Lou LumenickNew York Post

    As Lydia Lunch of Teenage Jesus & the Jerks puts it, "They seem so desperate to be liked, desperate to have their music used in the next car commercial." show more

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