Sunday, June 07, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

I have never seen a movie like this before yet it felt very familiar in a Smithereens or Suburbia kind of way. Meaning it is fun as hell and it made me wish that I was 8 years older so I could have been 17 in 1982.

A 15-year-old Diane Lane starts a punk band (The Stains) with her sister. She steals the best song from another band of the scene (The Looters) and creates a craze. Lane's fashion sense and defiant stance of "We don't put out" sends thousands of local girls into delirium. The band gets a big boost from a local female television reporter. In fact, the reporter's on-air debates about the merits of the band with a male colleague are hilarious.

The Looters feature Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols as well as Paul Simonon of the Clash. Ray Winstone is great as the lead singer.

I love this song.


Directed by Lou Adler
1982
DVD

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

holy christ. i just watched this last week. what are the odds? the ending was incredibly lame. did you get caught up thinking this was the inspiration for the white stripes? laura dern was 12 when they made this. can you believe it?

-shawn "get your stains trivia here" moriarty

Listmaker said...

the movie definitely wasn't perfect but it was definitely memorable.

and yeah, i forgot to mention the white stripes stuff. shr kept pointing it out while we were watching it.