Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on June 29, 2014
Produced and directed by Henry Chalfant and Rita Fecher
Completed in 1993 Flyin’ Cut Sleeves presents alternating portrayals, from the past and the present, of former street gang presidents in the Bronx: Benjy Melendez, The Ghetto Brothers, Ben Buxton, The Savage Nomads, Nelly “China” Velez, The Savage Nomad Girls, Felipe “Blackie” Mercado, The Savage Skulls, and Lorine Padilla, Blackie’s wife. The project grew out of the experiences of Rita Fecher, the film’s co-producer, who taught in a South Bronx school in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s, became intimately involved with the gangs, their leaders, and the leaders’ families and began to document their lives. Their world was the streets, set against a backdrop of uprooted families, cultural alienation, drugs and violence. Neighborhood teenagers responded by organizing into street groups known to the members as “families”, but labeled in the most alarming terms as violent gangs by the press. In fact, the “families” had a stabilizing effect, enabling the youths to cope with their troubled environment and providing their young leaders with a means of exercising authority. The political climate at the time, movements of national liberation and such organizations as the Black Panthers and Young Lords Party influenced the young gang leaders to aspire to be more than warriors and to become, to some degree, a positive force in their communities. – HenryChalfant.com
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on May 15, 2014
This is the famous “Blue Boy” episode. Jack Webb wrote the script for this story (under a pseudonym), which covers the problem of LSD in the hands of teenagers. The drug had only been made illegal one year prior to the episode’s original air date. It features a fascinating Hollywood rendition of a flower child strung out on acid — at the beginning of the episode, Blue Boy has his head in a hole in the ground, after earlier trying to eat the bark off a tree. He is held for public intoxication, although since LSD was not illegal he could not be held for possession. As soon as it is made illegal, some months later, Joe and Bill go out to make some arrests, crashing a psychedelic drug party. By the time they track Benjie down, however, he has OD’d on a combination of LSD and other drugs.
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on March 24, 2011
“If you try to explain somebody that has nothing to do with any of the underground subcultures what skinhead is. You can tell them 20 billion times that they are not racist or fascist. They are still not going to get it, and still believe they are Nazis. This is exactly what happen to the ‘4 Skins’. In 1981 the British press and the channel BBC made a big deal of the release of the compilation LP ‘ Strength Thru Oi!‘. Accusing all Skinheads of being fascist and Nazis.
‘Tony Wilkinson’, a BBC reporter goes beyond the lines of what Oi! music is. Most of the blame falls on the 4 Skins, accused of being Nazis, and the disaster that occurred at the Asian community in Southall. Garry Hodges tells the reporters that they have nothing to do with politics, and that they don’t feel responsible for the catastrophe in the Asian community while playing with ‘The Business’ and other bands. Saying that it was a set up. Well… like I said in the beginning of the paragraph, doesn’t matter how many times you tell them, they are still not going to get it. ” – Skunx Come Back!
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on January 26, 2011
Johnny Depp goes deep cover in a Discharge shirt, plaid bondage pants, ‘n a dangly earring to catch the suburban hoodlum gang the Klean Kut Kids. A fake punk band lip syncs to Agent Orange. Johnny does a speaker dive to gain the respect of the punkers.
Classic Tee-Vee Punksploitation!
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on January 16, 2011