Trailer: Salad Days: The Birth of Punk in the Nation’s Capital

Media | Oct 24th, 2012

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There are so many music documentaries coming out that I want to see! Salad Days: The Birth of Punk in the Nation’s Capital is just another one that looks awesome! It features a lot of DC punk & hardcore musicians & bands from the 80s and 90s like Dag Nasty, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, etc etc etc. Watch the trailer for this below.

To celebrate the production of the documentary film “Salad Days: The Birth of Punk in the Nations Capital,” a who’s who of DC punk bands from the 1980s will convene at the Black Cat on December 28 and 29, 2012. The lineup includes Kingface, Black Market Baby, Dag Nasty (December 28th), Scream, Government Issue and Youth Brigade (December 29).

Dag Nasty will be performing together for the first time in over 27 years and playing songs from their classic album “Can I Say” with original vocalist Shawn Brown. Government Issue will be playing a collection of songs from their early catalog and will feature Brian Baker on guitar and Tom Lyle on bass as well as vocalist John Stabb and Dag Nasty’s Colin Sears on drums. Youth Brigade were one of the first bands on Dischord in 1981 with their “Possible” 7” EP. This will mark the first time they’ve played together in over 30 years. Minor Threat’s Steve Hansgen will be playing guitar and joining original drummer Danny Ingram, bassist Bert Queiroz, and vocalist Nathan Strejcek.

Each band will be playing abbreviated and short clips from the film will be shown. Guest DJs will also be performing on both nights.

“Salad Days: the Birth of Punk in the Nations Capital” is a documentary-in-progress that examines the fertile Washington, D.C. punk scene of the 1980s. D.C. based bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Black Market Baby, the Faith, the Slickee Boys, Void, Government Issue, Marginal Man, Dag Nasty, Gray Matter, Beefeater, Scream, Rites of Spring, Fugazi, Shudder to Think, Nation of Ulysses, Jawbox and others defined the DC aesthetic. “Salad Days” just finished a successful Kickstarter campaign–reaching it’s goal in 6 days.

SALAD DAYS Director/writer SCOTT CRAWFORD is a music journalist, musician and graphic designer. As a teenager in the DC suburbs, he started a fanzine called Metrozine that documented much of what was happening in the DC hardcore punk scene in the 1980s. In 1985, Metrozine (and WGNS) released a 7″ compilation called “Alive & Kicking” that featured unreleased tracks by DC area bands Gray Matter, United Mutation, Marginal Man, Beefeater, Cereal Killer and Mission Impossible (featuring a 16 year old Dave Grohl). He was quoted in both Dance of Days and Banned in DC—the two most definitive books on the early DC punk scene. In 2001, he launched Harp magazine and served as its Editor-in-Chief for over 7 years. Crawford also launched the online music portal Blurt ( in 2009.

Serving as Director of Photography for SALAD DAYS, Jim Saah ( is a native of Washington, DC who has worked professionally in photography and video for over 25 years. He has shot for a variety of publications and websites ranging from the Washington Post to Rolling Stone. He’s also an experienced videographer whose credits range from union organizing films to music documentaries. Recent films he has worked on include movies about the bands Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie and Eddie

You can also watch clips of Dave Grohl and Ian Mackeye from the film here.


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