What We Do Is Secret is a biopic covering the life of punk-singer Darby Crash and his band The Germs. Called a punk “legend” by those in the know, most people probably haven’t heard of Darby Crash, or his band for that matter. This may be the reason that the movie has only grossed around $50,000 in over two months of release. The low grossing could also be due to a relative lack of advertising, considering that I’d never heard of the film before receiving the soundtrack. But after listening to the soundtrack, I have to admit thatÂ I’m not too keen on checking out the movie.
This soundtrack opens (and closes) promisingly with David Bowie’s “Five Years,” a slightly psychadelic, flowing piece of rock history, andÂ David Bowie’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, an evenÂ quieter rock ditty. Unfortunately, evertyhing in between featuresÂ atonal and relatively incomprehensible punk tracks, mostly provided by the late Darby Crash’s band The Germs (typically featuring Shane West – who plays Crash in the film).Â This is the kind of music that perhaps fans of The Germs will find enjoyable, though most others will be decidedly left out of the enjoyment.
Other bands included here are Alice Cooper, The Screamers, The Bags, The Weirdos, and X. Aside from the singers, most of these bands sound fairly similar, though there are varying levels of feedback they allow into the recording. The track that comes the closest to being impressive is “We Are The One” by The Avengers. It’s a quick little tune from the late ’70s, but it manages to express the anger the other tracks are attempting while still being comprehensible.
Here’s the bottom line: anyone who would enjoy this soundtrack probably already has all the recordings by The Germs, and most of these other artists,Â and unless they want to hear Shane West’s interpretation of Darby Crash’s vocals there’s not much reason for themÂ to purchase this album.
Zach’s Rating: C-
Perfect For: Punk rockers
Stay Away if: You’re not a fan of atonality and a distinct lack of singing ability
If you buy only one track, make it this one: “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” David Bowie
To purchase the soundtrack for What We Do Is Secret, visit Amazon