Part of the Weekend Never Dies. Regi: Josell Ramos USA 2002. Språk: engelsk. Tekst: utekstet. DCP, 1t 29min.
Cult documentary capturing the thrill and chaos of the Soulwax/2manydj’s world tour, shot in countless cities over the course of 120 breath-stopping shows.
Like all great rockumentaries, Part of the Weekend Never Dies is honest and unflinching in its presentation of the band. Through one camera, it captures Soulwax evoking release in people through an unprecedented combination of dance and rock music. This human release isn’t always pretty, but it is always honest. The level of humor and chaos presented in this film is something worth seeing and even harder to look away from.
Part of the Weekend Never Dies features interviews from an eclectic group of notable individuals and friends. Tiga, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Nancy Whang, Klaxons, peaches, and Justice all speak to the ridiculous energy, desired remixes, and innovation Soulwax/2ManyDJs gave to the scene. It’s clear from the footage that these guys are rightfully godfathers of the dance scene. Through their live drum beats, musical innovation, and ability to keep going, Soulwax set the stage for how big dance music would become, which is probably why they were so impossible to follow. Their continued commercial success is also a testament to this.