OC Weekly (Nate Jackson): As far as
the documentary you guys did, A
Band in D.C., do you agree with how you and your bandmates were portrayed in
Darryl Jenifer: I would've liked for that movie to be made by people that
knew us better. I think it was a mistake to allow plain Jane and Andy
[co-directors Mandy Stein and Ben Logan] to make this movie because they didn't
really know Bad Brains. It was sort of a Hollywood type of thing where out of
all the footage that they got…they don't really know our history of PMA and
they didn't really know how to make the positivity of what we represent stand
in a movie. They're more like Hollywood types where people want the fussing and
the fighting. Like me and H.R. only did that the whole 40 years we've known
each other, fighting and stuff. But Hollywood likes that. I tried to positively
talk to them about how I didn't appreciate how the movie seemed to be bookended
with negativity, how it started with the things at the Riot Festival with me
and H.R. doing the Big Brother, Little Brother kind of thing, then they went
and had a little micro documentary about the incident that happened way back
when we were kids with the Big Boys, try to play up this whole homophobe type
thing that people won't just let go.
This was an opportunity to
show Bad Brains bookended by this band fight. I tried to talk to them about it
and tell them that I know we are the subject and it's not like we're looking to
censor anything, of course we're a family and we're dysfunctional just like
anyone, but one thing for sure you can know as that we are a family and that's
what you're seeing there. And it wasn't supposed to be like a reality show for
us. I trusted them to get across in film the real core of what Bad Brains for
all of these 33 and a quarter years has been about, the apex of what we really
stand for. Not just go out in Hollywood and then all of the sudden get swooped
up by some Hollywood types and take the surface, negative crap, I'm not a big
fan of that and I personally thought the band was jacked by Hollywood, we're
from D.C. I don't how it got by me that it went down in that way.
You guys are constantly involved in each other's lives still at this point when you're not making music?
Nate Jackson is the gatekeeper to your dreams of local dive bar stardom. If he writes about you, expect your band to be offered at least one more drink ticket than the rest of the bands on the bill. Get his attention with some groovy tunes and he might just do it. Then, boy will you feel special.