Open Your Mouth and Say…Mr. Chi Pig: DVD

Nov 24, 2009

This documentary tells the life of SNFU’s lead singer Mr. Chi Pig; from his hostile upbringing in Edmonton, Alberta to his present day rock’n’roll existence in Vancouver. Like a punk rock Behind the Music, it gives the avid SNFU listener a deeper perspective to the band’s dark lyrics and provides someone less familiar an intriguing reason to track down some of their stuff. Before watching this DVD, I didn’t know shit about SNFU. I knew they were on Epitaph, and I knew they were Canadian. I think, in the past, I’ve even confused them with San Francisco’s STFU. That’s about it. Listening to Chi tell his tales of dealing with schizophrenia, touring, drug addiction, recording music, living on the streets, and much more, has definitely painted a convincing picture of how influential of a band they were. There are bits of live footage, but not as much as I would have liked. Plus the story develops mainly though one-on-one interviews (hence the Behind the Music feel), which can get stale, but, overall, it’s one heck of documentary. And letting such an obviously creative person—who has to fight their demons and is still swinging—tell their story is always a worthwhile thing. –Daryl (