South Bay pop-punk group Descendents are, by far, the best band to ever exist. Perhaps that sounds like hyperbole, but consider this: When done properly, rock 'n' roll is nothing more than adolescent rage on wax and no one ever captured the frustration of being a teenager better than songs such as "Parents," "I'm Not a Loser," "I'm Not a Punk," "Suburban Home," "Hope," "I Don't Want to Grow Up," "Silly Girl," "Sour Grapes," "Get the Time," "Coolidge" and "Clean Sheets."
So, as you can tell, it's about time someone told the band's story, which is what a team of four people did. The result is Filmage: The Story of Descendents/ALL, a documentary detailing not only Descendents, but also ALL, the group formed by three-fourths of the final Descendents lineup.
Simply put, Filmage rules and you should see it. The film is being shown twice Sunday at the Art Theatre of Long Beach, but you can't go because there was a raffle for tickets and the raffle is over. Thankfully, Filmage editor/co-producer James Rayburn says the movie should be online and on DVD in the recent future.
One person interviewed for the film is original Descendents bass player Tony Lombardo, who plays on the group's first two full-lengths (Milo Goes to College and I Don't Want to Grow Up and the Fat EP). The 68-year-old -- who quit the band in 1985 -- has lived in Lakewood for nearly 30 years and retired from the United States Postal Service in 2005. Considering I am a bass player from the South Bay (and that Lombardo is my bass hero), I had to talk to him regarding Filmage. Here's a snippet of what he had to say about the film (which he has yet to see) and his time in the legendary punk group.
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