The best band to come out of the L.A. hardcore scene of the 1980s, The Circle Jerks, are the subject of a new documentary, set for release on September 24. On the flipside of the coin, the documentary about my circle jerking habit, Hands Across My Body, is set for a private viewing with my swinger group, also on September 24.
The documentary, My Career As a Jerk, was made my David Markey (who also did 1991: The Year Punk Broke and The Slog Movie) and features the standard documentary reagents of in-depth interviews (with luminaries such as: Keith Morris, Greg Hetson, Lucky Leher, Earl Liberty, Zander Schloss, J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Brian Baker (Minor Threat); live footage (mostly rare); and “historical perspective to illustrate the story,” so that it isn’t just clip after clip of old dudes talking about their days as rebels, reminiscing about days spent skateboarding and nights spent pogoing, but instead a historically important document of youth culture.
“I was at many of these shows, and let me tell you, there wasn’t a tighter band in Los Angeles at the time,” mused Markey wistfully. “Making this film reminded me just how truly great they were.”