Published Apr 25, 2012Sonic Youth's old tour doc may have claimed that 1991 was the year punk broke, but director Jai Al-Attas argues in his new film One Nine Nine Four that it was, in fact, Green Day's rise to fame in 1994 that really brought the genre to the mainstream. You can decide for yourself when you check out the music flick, which is streaming in its entirety online.
The film chronicles the punk boom of the '90s, featuring candid interviews with members of Green Day, Rancid, the Offspring, NOFX and Lagwagon, among others. Topics discussed include how Bad Religion's 1988 LP Suffer reignited the California scene, whether or not Billie Joe Armstrong and co. sold out when they signed with a major label for Dookie, the rise of mall punk, and who exactly brought extreme sports into the equation.
For anyone that wore out their copies of Punk-O-Rama and Fat Music for Fat People around '96, or who first discovered Pennywise and Bad Religion in skate and surf videos, this will be a treat.