D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage

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D.O.A.
D.O.A.- A Rite of Passage FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Lech Kowalski
Produced by Tom Forcade, Lech Kowalski, Mike...
Written by Lech Kowalski, Chris Salewicz
Starring Sex Pistols, Generation X, The Rich Kids, Joe Strummer, Nancy Spungen
Music by Sex Pistols
Edited by Val Kuklowsky
Release date(s) 1980
Running time 95 min.
Country United States
Language English

D.O.A.: A Right of Passage is a 1980 rockumentary film directed by Lech Kowalski (his premiere film as a director) about the origin of punk rock. The rockumentary takes interview and concert footage of some of punk rock's earliest bands of the late seventies scene. Features live performances by the Sex Pistols, The Dead Boys, Generation X (with Billy Idol), The Rich Kids, the X-Ray Spex, and Sham 69, with additional music from The Clash, Iggy Pop, and Augustus Pablo.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

The film centers around the Sex Pistols 1978 tour of the United States which ended with the group breaking up. The tour was the only one the group played in the U.S. Film director Lech Kowalski followed them with handheld cameras through the clubs and bars of their seven-city Southern tour. Mixing this with footage of other contemporary bands, trends in the fashion capitals, and punks of all shapes and colors, Kowalski created a grainy, stained snapshot of a movement at its peak,[3] showing how certain authority figures saw the movement as a threat.[2]

It features interview footage (including the famous interview of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in bed), and behind the scenes shots from the tour as well as interviews with audience members who had strong and widely varied reactions to the group.[4]

The majority of the material surrounds the Pistols tour as well but it also included other performances by first wave Punk acts such as The Dead Boys and Generation X with Billy Idol.[2][3][4]

This indie film was shot mostly in bars and clubs on 16mm film, and documented early years of punk from both in front of and behind the stage.[2]

The film's poster is featured prominently in one scene of the 1981 film Neighbors. D.O.A. also featured in The Filth and the Fury, a 2000 rockumentary film about the Sex Pistols directed by Julien Temple, and in the 2002 television series Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s.[4]

DVD release[edit]

The DVD was released in Japan in 2003. However it is released in Region 0.

Cast (in alphabetical order)[edit]

Songs performed[edit]

The musical performances/tracks contained in the documentary are as follows:

  1. "Nightclubbing" Written by Iggy Pop and David Bowie; performed by Iggy Pop
  2. "Anarchy in the U.K." Written by Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and John Lydon; performed by the Sex Pistols
  3. "Oh Bondage Up Yours" Written by Poly Styrene; performed by X-Ray Spex
  4. "God Save the Queen" Written by Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and John Lydon; performed by the Sex Pistols
  5. "Pretty Vacant" Written by Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and John Lydon; performed by The Rich Kids
  6. "Liar" Written by Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and John Lydon; performed by the Sex Pistols
  7. "Police and Thieves" Written by Lee "Scratch" Perry and Junior Murvin; performed by The Clash (CBS Records)
  8. "Kiss Me Deadly" Written and performed by Generation X (Chrysalis Records)
  9. "I Wanna Be Me" Written by Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and John Lydon; performed by the Sex Pistols
  10. "Lust for Life" Written by Iggy Pop and David Bowie; performed by Iggy Pop
  11. "All This And More" Performed by The Dead Boys (Sire Records); recorded live by Joe Sutherland
  12. "Pretty Vacant" Written by Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and John Lydon; performed by the Sex Pistols
  13. "No Fun" – Sex Pistols
  14. "New York" Written by Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and John Lydon; performed by the Sex Pistols
  15. "Rip Off" Performed by Sham 69; recorded live at Roundhouse Studios
  16. "Borstal Breakout" Performed by Sham 69; recorded live at Roundhouse Studios
  17. "Holidays in the Sun" – Sex Pistols
  18. "Holidays in the Sun" Written by Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon and Sid Vicious; performed by The Sex Pistols
  19. "E.M.I." Written by Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and John Lydon; performed by the Sex Pistols
  20. "Bodies" Written by Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon and Sid Vicious; performed by the Sex Pistols
  21. "A. P. Special" Written and performed by Augustus Pablo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "D.O.A.". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d Jane, Ian (2005-01-08). "D. O. A.". Reviews. DVD Maniacs. Archived from the original on 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  3. ^ a b "D.O.A.: Review". Movies. TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  4. ^ a b c Unterberger, Richie. "D.O.A.: A Right of Passage". Review. allmovie. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 

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