The Slackers: A Documentary is a documentary about The Slackers, directed by Ben Levin. Now that we’re all on the same page, on with the review…
The documentary starts with some concert footage of The Slackers playing Married Girl, then goes into the roots of the band, starting with Vic Ruggeiro’s days in Sic and Mad with bassist Marcus Geard. From there, it goes into the formation of the Slackers by Vic with Marcus, original drummer Louis Zuluaga, Q-Maxx, and T.J. Scanlon.
Vic talks about how they were a two-tone band in the early days and he desperately wanted to be Paul Weller. From there, the DVD goes into how Dave Hillyard and Jeremy Mushlin helped shape the Slackers into the form they currently have, ditching two-tone in favor of traditional ska. From there, the formation of Hellcat is covered, as it Redlight and the coming of Glenn Pine.
Once Glen’s arrival is covered, the remainder of the DVD is talk about life on the road, thoughts about ska in general, and a lot of concert footage. The Interpunk page lists these songs but this isn’t the order they appear on the DVD.
- Wasted Days
- Married Girl
- I Still Love You
- What Went Wrong
- Watch This
- International War Criminal
- Keep It Simple
- No Good To Be In Love
Why this Documentary was awesome:
- The behind the scenes glimpses of The Slackers while they weren’t on stage were well worth the price of admission. While we’re enjoying watching the Slackers play live, it’s easy to forget the miles they drove to get to us.
- The concert footage was top notch. I actually preferred the recordings on this to the ones from Live at the Flamingo Cantina.
- Seeing Vic and Glenn practice What Went Wrong was worth the price of admission.
- Hearing the band’s thoughts on making the music, touring, etc, was quite something. In particular, Vic’s talk of giving something back to the music that gave him so much was powerful stuff.
What I Wish They’d Done Differently:
- There’s not a lot I would change about this documentary, honestly. I wish it would have been twice as long, though.
- I wouldn’t have minded the documentary covering the departures of Zulu, T.J., Q-Maxx, and Mush-1.
- I also wouldn’t have minded something talking about Ara Babajian and Agent Jay joining the band.
The Thrilling Conclusion:
If I wasn’t already a diehard Slackers fan before watching this documentary, I would have been by the time I was finished. This dvd is a clear indication that The Slackers are doing what they love and loving what they do. If you’re a fan of The Slackers, and you should be, you owe it to yourself to buy this DVD.
Highest possible recommendation!
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