Lost & Found: Punk Broke in 1991, in Case You Hadn’t Heard
This weekend, we’re taking a look at a couple of ’90s rock movies. First up is the Sonic Youth tour film ’1991: The Year Punk Broke.’ It was shot in 1991 while Sonic Youth — along with a bevy of grunge legends including Nirvana, Mudhoney and Dinosaur Jr. – toured the festival circuit in Europe. There are even cameo appearances by the Ramones and Bob Mould.
Another band captured on ‘The Year Punk Broke’ was Babes in Toyland, which never received quite as much attention as most of the other bands featured. Babes in Toyland were a punk trio from Minneapolis in the late ’80s. Drummer Lori Barbero tells a quick little snot joke inspired by a booger blown out of the nose of Mudhoney singer Mark Arm. Watch:
Another gem in the documentary is footage of a young Dave Grohl rummaging through the refreshments backstage while rambling in some vaguely European — maybe it’s meant to be German or Dutch? — accent. He and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic share a bottle of wine before Novoselic loses his mind over a box of juice. Then Nirvana performs ‘School.’ While it’s not mentioned in the movie, Nirvana would return home from this tour and discover their song ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ had made them superstars.
Because we love you, our readers, so much, here’s another Sonic Youth performance. And if you’d like to watch the entire movie, it’s floating around YouTube, split into different parts. So you can find all the pieces and watch it for free, or you can buy the DVD on Amazon for $10 or $15.