We Fun is a DVD from Walter O. Robison Pictures, featuring several interviews, performances and footage of bands from the Atlanta, Georgia area. Such bands include Deerhunter, King Khan and the Shrines, Carbonas, Bobby and the Soft Spots, Baby Shakes, The Subsonics, The Coat Hangers, Mastodon and more. Notably, the film focuses around The Black Lips, considered one of Atlantaâ€™s finest byproducts of a dying music scene.
There are interviews with bands like Deerhunter, whose lead singer (Bradford Cox) is shown performing a uniquely ambient version of Nirvanaâ€™s â€œSmells Like Teen Spiritâ€ in memory of Kurtâ€™s death, one year previous. Cox says when he first saw The Black Lips, he was not expecting anything worthwhile, but as soon as they began playing, â€œit was like a hurricane spinning in place.â€
The Subsonics, a band who The Black Lips actually cited as an influence of theirs, laughingly described themselves as â€œticks on the Black Lipsâ€¦riding their coat tails out of Atlanta to other music scenes.â€
Indeed, before the Black Lips, many bands from Atlanta were simply part of an unknown scene. Says writer/singer Tom Cheshire of Dryinkmag.com, â€œWhat is a scene? A group of people who play musicâ€¦and they create a moment or a vibe or a noise. Bands have been playing for years but maybe there wasnâ€™t enough of them to make a noise for the whole country.â€ Similarly, Henry Owings of Chunklet Magazine states that heâ€™s surprised how far The Black Lips have come, as they used to be a â€œtrain wreck,â€ breaking equipment and â€œwhipping out their d*cks on stage.â€ But Owings agrees that by â€œactively, aggressively touring,â€ the band has made a name for themselves.
The Black Lips themselves speak on the film about the importance of getting your music out by touring vs. staying strictly local. â€œWe were told to avoid the â€˜Atlanta syndrome,â€™â€ which were bands from Atlanta who never got out, â€œand we took that to heartâ€¦I donâ€™t think anyone would know about us if we hadnâ€™t left the cityâ€¦We didnâ€™t even get much respect in Atlanta till we got respect from other places.â€
Overall, We Fun is an interesting look at what â€œscene kidsâ€ are up to in Atlanta, and how unlike other cities (NY and LA,) bands from here play music to have a good time instead of playing music to gain commercial success.