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ClePunk: The Movie

A documentary revisits the '80s punk scene.


Nils Lofgren, at the Winchester Thursday, June 15. - WANDA  SANTOS-BRAY
Cleveland's Screaming, a documentary about Northeast Ohio's early 1980s punk scene, will premiere Saturday, July 1, at the Jigsaw Saloon and Stage (5324 State Road, Parma). Featuring live footage and new interviews, the film was assembled by Wadsworth native Brad Warner, former Zero Defex bassist and author of Hardcore Zen, a spiritual manual and punk memoir.

"Back then, every city had its own homegrown hardcore scene," says Warner. "Lots of great bands came out of those scenes. I think it was an important cultural movement that has largely been ignored. It was because of the groundwork laid by these little hardcore scenes all over America -- and the rest of the world -- that the entire music scene changed completely."

Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the premiere will feature a 90-minute rough cut of the movie, including clips of Agitated, the Dark, the Offbeats, the Plague, Starvation Army, Zero Defex, and others. Some of the live material comes from recently unearthed episodes of the Michigan cable access show Hardcore. More recent concert footage was shot at last year's multi-band reunion concert. Warner conducts new interviews with the Offbeats' Tommy Hawk, the Dark's Tom Dark, Starvation Army's Fraser Sims, Devo author/Difficult frontman David Giffels, and other scenesters. A trailer is available at

Following the movie, three bands from the era will reunite for live sets for the first time in 20 years: Spike in Vain, Numbskull, and the Dark. A newly remastered vinyl and CD reissue of Numbskull's 1985 cassette, The Final Days of Torture, will be available, and the Dark will release a double-CD retrospective.

"It's about the people who made it happen and why they did what they did, as well as what it all meant," Warner says of the film. "They were and are creative and energetic people with a unique outlook. I wanted to preserve this little piece of history."

· WAPS 91.3 the Summit is holding a contest to design a T-shirt for the Akron member-supported adult-alternative radio station. Go to for details.

· Jack Williams will hold a songwriter-guitarist workshop at Uncle Waldo's Coffeehouse (20401 Hilliard Boulevard, inside Rocky River's West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church) Sunday, July 2, following his Saturday concert at the venue. Workshop admission is $30.

· Cleveland's jazz-classical label Telarc has won two OutMusic Awards. Grammy-winning producer Thomas C. Moore won Outstanding Producer, amd composer David Del Tredici won Outstanding New Instrumental Recording for "Paul Revere's Ride." Formed in 1990, OutMusic is a network of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered artists.

· Headbanging's out, and the Hustle is in: Former Warrant guitarist Billy Morris has resigned from Quiet Riot and formed a new disco tribute band, Johnny Vegas & the Disco Dynamite. The band makes its debut Saturday, July 1, at the grand-opening weekend of the Mayfield Boneyard Beer Farm (5900 Mayfield Road, Mayfield Heights).

· The new Mushroomhead album has been pushed back from summer release to September. In the meantime, fans can keep busy at, a Mortal Kombat-style videogame. The band debuted new costumes at the CMJ/Rock Hall Music Festival concert, taking the stage in police uniforms and stage masks. Programmer Steve "Skinny" Felton says that the outfits are just for special occasions.

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