HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Z for Zachariah
Marty
Walk with Me
JFK
Kirlian Witness, The
Kid for Two Farthings, A
The Freshman
Hear My Song
Wild Wild West
Cure
Doraemon: Nobita and the Green Giant Legend
Locke the Superman
Psycho
Magic Flute, The
Top Secret
Ghost Punting
Hitman's Bodyguard, The
Touch, The
Akko's Secret
Backfire
Loving Vincent
Adventures of the Wilderness Family, The
Plot of Fear
Desperate Chase, The
Baskin
Time and Tide
X - Night of Vengeance
Bunny Drop
Acts of Vengeance
Asura: The City of Madness
   
 
Newest Articles
The Cinematic Darkside of Donald Crowhurst
Dutch Courage: The Flodder Series
Coming of Age: Boys on Film 18 - Heroes on DVD
Country and Irish - The secret history of Irish pop culture
Wash All This Scum Off the Streets: Vigilante Movies
Force the Issue: Star Wars' Tricky Middle Prequels and Sequels
Rediscovered: The Avengers - Tunnel of Fear on DVD
Sword Play: An Actor's Revenge vs Your Average Zatoichi Movie
Super Sleuths: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes on DVD
Stop That, It's Silly: The Ends of Monty Python
They're All Messed Up: Night of the Living Dead vs Land of the Dead
The House, Black Magic and an Oily Maniac: 3 from 70s Weird Asia
80s Meet Cute: Something Wild vs Into the Night
Interview with The Unseen Director Gary Sinyor
Wrong Forgotten: Is Troll 2 Still a Thing?
   
 
  Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains Voice Of A GenerationBuy this film here.
Year: 1981
Director: Lou Adler
Stars: Diane Lane, Ray Winstone, Marin Kanter, Laura Dern, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Paul Simonon, Christine Lahti, Fee Waybill, David Clennon, Barry Ford, Cynthia Sykes, John Lehne, James Nichols, Janet Wright, Vince Welnick, Vern Willis, E.G. Daily
Genre: Drama, Music
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Some weeks ago, a television magazine show highlighted one Corinne Burns (Diane Lane), a Pennsylvanian teenage girl who rebelled against her miserable life by telling her boss where to shove his fast food job. The show received thousands of letters wondering whatever happened to Corinne, so tonight they are catching up with her. She is interviewed in her home, and despite not having a job, a father who disappeared when she was little and a mother who has recently died of lung cancer, she remains defiant, even smoking in spite of her mother's fate. The only thing Corinne has to hold onto, the only thing that keeps her going, is the band she has formed with her sister and cousin: ladies and gentlemen, the fabulous Stains...

The director of this film was Lou Adler, the producer of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and all hopes were for a cinematic experience that cult audiences would return to many times in a similar fashion. However, it was a resounding flop, and picked up but a minor following when shown on television. With a script by Jonathan Demme and Nancy Dowd (writer of Slap Shot), one might have high hopes for a raunchy and intelligent look at the music industry, but they had their names taken off the credits when they didn't appreciate what happened to their work.

What much of the film is concerned with is Corinne's rise to fame, but what you take away from it is how awful touring with a band across America can be - indeed, the story all takes place on what might be the world's worst ever tour. However, the film is of interest to punk fans because the band that the Stains manage to bluff their way to supporting is comprised of Ray Winstone on vocals, the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones and Paul Cook on guitar and drums, and the Clash's Paul Simonon on bass. Not only that, but the songs of the band, named the Looters, are written by Jones and Cook so they at least sound some way to being authentic.

The Looters are a support band themselves to an over the hill headliner act called the Metal Corpses, led by Fee Waybill of the Tubes, who are coasting on past glories. Or they are until one of the group ends up dead of a drugs overdose and the Looters take over the top spot, with the Stains attracting interest thanks to T.V. coverage of this teen group whose lead singer wears a see-through blouse and has the motto "We don't put out". That's Corinne finding her place as spokeswoman for dissaffected teen girls across the United States, but fatally for the supposed rebellious attitude, she never says anything especially incendiary, largely relying on a pout and dyed hair to put across her controversy.

It's strange to see a film try to ride the wave of genuine punk rock after it was all over, and this film must have felt dated even to those few who saw it when it was first released. To add to that, Adler's flat direction sabotages any energy that should have been worked up, making the footage look like a guide to a selection of drab Middle American towns. And then there's the Stains' music, of which we hear two whole songs - they sound painfully amateurish and don't even have a drummer (tapping a tambourine against your leg doesn't count, Corinne). That said, there is one great scene near the end which doesn't involve the girl group: the Looters trying and failing to perform against the hostile response of an army of teenage girls dressed alike, chanting "We want the Stains!" and giving them the finger. The clichéd disillusionment that follows is to be expected, but the obviously tagged on happy ending where the Stains apparently become the Go-Go's is the true false note.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2841 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (2)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
George White
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
  Mark Scampion
  Frank Michaels
   

 

Last Updated: