Hey music nerds, you can stop freaking out over your dad’s VHS collection. Forget Quadrophenia and Spinal Tap: the Noughties just might be when the music movie came of age. We tracked down a bunch of future-proof cult music movies from the decade we thought just kind of sucked.
Some Kind Of Monster (2004)
It’s hard to believe this movie made it out into the public realm at all, considering Metallica’s considerable egos. Easily the most funcomfortable documentary ever made, expect earnest AA-speak and rock god-sized delusions that make Spinal Tap look like One Direction.
Part of the Weekend Never Dies (2008)
French dance music innovators Soulwax rule the Noughties, tour the world and encounter LCD Soundsystem, Klaxons, Erol Alkan and Peaches in this gurning warehouse rave of a road movie.
Until the Light Takes Us (2008)
Rare footage and exclusive interviews from the corpse-painted superstars of controversial Norwegian black metal. A dark party for die-hard fanboys and casual tourists alike.
ATP All Tomorrow’s Parties (2009)
Bands, young fans and ageing Pavement groupies collide – often drunkenly – in this “post-punk DIY bricolage”, aka documentary of the bi-annual thinking hipster’s festival.
8 Mile (2002)
Eminem comes of age in a gritty feature, where the rap battle underground serves as metaphor for a constant IRL struggle to be seen – and heard. (RIP Brittany Murphy).
Loud Quiet Loud: A Film About The Pixies (2006)
Fly-on-the-wall rock-doc about the ’90s juggernaut’s 2004 reunion colors in epic live footage with the awkward silences and comedowns of band life.
A panoramic snapshot of the world’s muddiest music bacchanal – featuring a very ’00s “Create Your Ultimate Setlist” feature.
Anvil!: The Story of Anvil (2008)
An unexpectedly euphoric tearjerker about the little metal band who could.
Obviously. Unmissable Ondi Timoner documentary tracking the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe and frenemy Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols over seven years.