Filmage: The Story of Descendents\All

Synopsis: Long before punk rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, the Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop, angst, love and coffee and influencing a generation to come. FILMAGE: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL follows drummer and square-peg Bill Stevenson as he pushes himself and a rotating door of band-mates to "achieve ALL," his relentless concept of "going for greatness, the utmost possible" despite any and all setbacks. Interviews with the band and contemporaries such as Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) and many more reveal the untold tale of one of the most overachieving and influential bands in punk, serving as a reminder to always "go for greatness," because sometimes you're gonna get it.
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Descendents are the

best story ever.

They come from a different time in punk.

They come from a different world.

You have this idea that started in

seventy-something, and to see it still going?

That's totally cool!

A lot of what people listen to

obviously owes itself to the

fact that those guys made

records all those years ago.

I remember hearing the Descendents

for the first time and thinking,

Whoa, these guys

listen to the Beatles.

There was a sense of

melody and songwriting.

What instantly drew me into

the Descendents was how

much melody they had. How

catchy their songs were.

They were like the punk rock Beach

Boys. Their harmonies were great.

And this, like, shameless love

song aesthetic, you know?

None of the other bands

had the balls to do that.

Everyone was screaming

about Reagan or whatever.

I think the Descendents are possibly

one of the most underrated bands

that too often don't get the credit

for essentially creating pop punk.

They're a part of the

foundation, the fabric.

This sincere connection of pop

and angst at the same time

without it ever being this

thuggish tough-guy thing.

You have this singer who looks

like a fucking geek singing about

getting screwed over by a chick

with the gnarliest band behind him.

It was great.

And they worked

very few days off.

They're always, always

pushing themselves.

Almost militant work ethic.

It would be insanely sweaty

in the room. It was gross.

They're the most

precise band I think.

They were real players,

and prided themselves

on playing their instruments

very, very well.

With a fury, man. It's right

here in my heart to see these

guys again. This is Milo of the

Descendents and, I'm sorry

I'm Bill.

Bill is the brainchild

behind the Descendents.

It is trippy that they

were a drummer-run band.

Our whole goal was like,

"Yeah, it's cool, there's this

thing called 'punk rock.' Now

let's take it somewhere."

When I said, "I wanna go be a

nerd scientist geek," then they

said, "Hey, see you later." And

all of a sudden they formed ALL.

Since this band's

inception in 1978...

You're not gonna get one person...

You've probably never

heard of them...

...on this planet...

"They're formerly called the Descendents.

They're now simply called ALL." say they like ALL

better than the Descendents...

"Folks, give a nice

warm welcome to ALL!" fucking way.

People literally didn't know who they

were. They're like, "Who's ALL?"

And I was like, "Well, it's Descendents.

Same band, different singer."

So there's a different

singer, big deal, whatever.

There's no other band like them.

Doesn't matter which one they are.

The caliber of songwriting

and subject matter that is

so close and relatable to has

not wavered for 30 years.

I don't think there were any other

bands that could do what they did.

It's good to see that

those guys are getting

credit for what they, in

a lot of ways, created.

"But the show is far

from being over..."

It's just their time for

people to understand

that the Descendents

had a big place.

"Welcome the

Decendents!" [CROWD CHEERS]

"It's been a long

time for us, so... wow."


So going back

to before we had the bands.

Before Descendents, before

ALL, before Black Flag.

So, there was fishing.

Of all things to have brought

would-be future punkers together.


history with Bill goes

all the way back to the Hermosa

Tackle Box, which was a business

that my father owned on Pier

Avenue down in Hermosa Beach.

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