Quincy – Next Stop, Nowhere

 

 

Quincy: You’re not blaming what happened to that girl on music?

Dr. Hanover: Don’t underestimate this particular kind of music, Quince. You tell a kid, a vulnerable kid, over and over again that life isn’t worth living, that violence is its own reward and you add to it the kind of intensity that this music has, and you just might convince her.

This is the sort of amazing dialogue that fills the now infamous punk rock episode of Quincy M.E. titled “Next Stop, Nowhere.”  Aired in 1982, the show portrays punk rock as music so dangerous and nihilistic that it can kill!  The story begins at “Ground Zero,” the local punk club, when Hardin, a sweet suburban girl, meets her punk rock friend looking way too “normal.”   Luckily, her BFPF (Best Female Punk Friend) Starrett saves the day with some black lipstick, pale cheeks, tattoos and piercings. You need some punkin’ up!”

 

Once the girls are all “punked up” and ready to go, they hit the floor just in time to see their favorite band, Mayhem, hit the stage with their awesome punk lyrical talent -“Get a job from the man, blow his brains out if you can!”  A whole lot of slam dancing ensues, and by the end of it Hardin’s boyfriend has received an ice pick to the neck!  He lies unnoticed by the unfeeling, uncaring punks colliding around him, while Hardin screams in agony, but alas, it is too late.  She is devastated, and Quincy is positively baffled.  So of course, the best thing to do is check out the scene of the crime himself, and experience the punk culture at Ground Zero.
“All I know is whoever killed him was listening to words that literally cried out for blood!”  After his night at the club, the doctor is convinced that punk music was the cause of the young boy’s death!
Host: You aren’t seriously saying that music can kill, are you Doctor?

Quincy: Yes I am! I believe that the music I heard is a killer. It’s a killer of hope. It’s a killer of spirit. The music I heard said that life is cheap and murder and suicide is okay!

And so it is.  Punk rock and evil thoughts are behind the boy’s murder, and so much more ill behavior that is revealed as the show goes on and on and one, moving nowhere at the same time.  Quincy’y big words of wisdom as the credits begint to roll, “Why would anyone wanna listen to music that makes you hate, when you can listen to music that makes you love?”  So true, so true.

 

 

Bad Brains: a Band in D.C.

 

Whether you love Bad Brains or you’ve never heard of them, their story is worth listening to.  Lucky for all of us, it was edited down by Mandy Stein and Benjamin Logan into a perfect documentary titled Bad Brains: a Band in D.C.

The doc begins by bringing us back to the mid-1970s, when the group (four black teenagers from Washington, D.C.) met in middle school. In the beginning, the boys were mostly into jazz-fusion (playing under the name Mind Power) — bassist Darryl Jenifer says he used to write fan-club letters to Stanley Clarke of Return to Forever — but they soon turned to the faster, edgier sounds of punk rock.  The music/movement provided the perfect expression of their energy and angst.  And because of their jazz training, they were the tightest band on the scene, capable of playing the most complicated of parts at breakneck speed.  In a sea of white teenagers playing punk rock with no musical training, Bad Brains were awe-inspiring.

Then, they saw Bob Marley in concert in the late 70s/early 80s and delved deep into reggae music and the Rastafari movement.  They might have been unique to the scene before, but after this awakening Bad Brains melded punk and reggae into an innovative style that has yet to be copied.  Their shows were always amazing because you never quite knew what you were going to get. The clips below are both from their famed 1982 performance at CBGB …

With a cult following, and seemingly limitless talent you might ask what went wrong?  There were a few things along the way, including some organizational challenges, publicity issues, and the increasing insanity of frontman H.R.  You can see it all in the movie.  Bad Brains is revered as one of the greatest (punk) bands ever, whose influence can be heard in groups like the Beastie Boys, No Doubt, Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction and countless more, yet so many people don’t know of them … Bad Brains: a Band in D.C. tells their story in the most amazing way.  It’s a must see!