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Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by indy mike, Nov 6, 2001.

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  1. indy mike

    indy mike Forum Pest Thread Starter

    How's about a list o' favorite rock-n-roll oriented movies??? The Commitments is my fave (great soundtrack, too); Hi-Fidelity is a close second - any movie that starts out with the 13th Floor Elevators is fine by me (another thread occurs to me - how do you organize your lp's/discs...); Rock and Roll High School for good old mindless boob tube viewing - Ramones, P.J. Soles (mmmmmmmmm) and a stoooopid plot add up to fun! :D
  2. Sckott

    Sckott Hand Tighten Only.

    South Plymouth, Ma
    "A Hard Days Night" on DVD if you can find it, or even the recent MPL VHS tape. It is =the= Rock and roll movie.

    Then there's Yellow Submarine, the Greatful Dead movie, Pink Floyd Live in Pompeii, Rolling Stones "Ladies And Gentleman" and Bob Dylan's "Don't Look Back".

    I'd also have to throw in "(This is) Spinal Tap". Sorry.
  3. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff

    Spinal Tap, Sckott? Sorry, a poooor second choice to "Phantom of the Paradise"!!!

    I looooove the movie and the CD soundtrack, too....

  4. Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Forum Hall Of Fame

    South Texas

    My vote is The Grateful Dead Movie. Jerry Garcia spent a lot of time (around one yr.) of his life trying to get it perfect (in his mind's eye). At the time, he was dating a lady who was involved w/ cinema and exposed him to many pieces of the business. When the film was produced (1975) many of the techniques utilized were cutting-edge. The Dead did not believe in compromise or lowering the quality level for any price. At the time the live tracks were taped (1974), the Dead were touring w/ the Wall of Sound. Most experts considered it to be the best concert sound system being used night after night during the 1973-1974 period.

    How Sweet It Was,
  5. Matt

    Matt New Member

    A Hard Day's Night is definitely my favorite.

    Stop Making Sense by the Talking Heads is my favorite concert film; it used to be the Last Waltz, which introduced me to the Band (I got this screened at school once and NOBODY heard of it, much less the Band; when they saw it, they thought the movie and the group were awesome. Sigh...why wasn't the Band bigger?)

    American Graffitti is great, for me, even better than Star Wars.

    Mean Streets and Goodfellas also have amazing soundtracks (Scorsese knows how to use the music in his movies without resting on it).

    Stanley Kubrick was really good with music, too, but rarely used rock. Man, can you imagine what Clockwork Orange would have been like had he actually got the Stones to do it? I don't think it would be better, but man, would that have been interesting.
  6. Craig

    Craig (unspecified) Staff

    North of Seattle
    Rude Boy.
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  8. Todd Fredericks

    Todd Fredericks Senior Member

    A New Yorker
    A great one is "Blackboard Jungle". It started it all...

  9. pigmode

    pigmode Active Member

    Yeah, all of those, and then there was Woodstock of course. Hard to relate to in the year 2000, but it was cool in its day.

    There was this one Hendrix movie, might have been Rainbow Bridge, where the camera closes in on him and he starts jamming with one hand on the neck of the guitar, awesome! I'm tell'in ya, his hands are absolutely huge!

    Then there was Tommy, what a bummer. That movie completely blew my image of Keith Moon forever. Daltrey was lame. Even worse was that Stones movie where the guy gets stabbed to death. I hated the Stones for years after I saw that, and I can still take'um or leave'um.

    Oh, don't forget The Wall. Remember when he sliced his eye lashes off?

    One more: Easy Rider. Wouldn't that qualify?
  10. Todd Fredericks

    Todd Fredericks Senior Member

    A New Yorker
    My fondest memory of "Tommy" was watching in college drunk & stoned with some friends and Roger's revoling on the beach with that stupid silver box on his head and we all said in unison, "Well, I guess that's artistic symbolism!" Also, Elton singing "He's scoring more" always gets a chuckle out of me. Maybe that's why Pete try to redeem the piece on Broadway several years later (or maybe it was just for the $$$/Naw, I respect Pete).

  11. pigmode

    pigmode Active Member

    Before I forget, The Song Remains The Same. I fell asleep the first time I saw it, heh.

    Where The Buffalo Roam kinda had a rock theme. I think Neil Young did that one. That was a cool movie.

    Train Spotting: well, Brit rock anyway. Obi Wan before he went straight...
  12. Todd Fredericks

    Todd Fredericks Senior Member

    A New Yorker
    The ultimate be all, end all rock movie is the Bee Gee's "Sgt. Pepper"! Good God!!

  13. pigmode

    pigmode Active Member

    Nooooooooooo! Alrighty then.

  14. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

    Greater Vancouver
    Mine I truely believe is the all-time best.
    Can we say HEAVY METAL :D
  15. Ian

    Ian Active Member

    Milford, Maine
    I can't believe no one mentioned "The Kids Are Alright" That is my fave all time Rock movie (even if it is semi documentary) the second being "This Is Spinal Tap".

    Of the bad ones there are two that stick out like sore thumbs for me. "Eddie And The Cruisers", Ummmmm.... How do you go from Dion covers to a Springsteen rip-off to cheesy psuedo psychedelia before the advent of The Beatles (Or is this some sort of Star Trek Mirror Universe sort of thing)?
    And of course, the worst of the worst, that wonder piece of fiction... "The Buddy Holly Story". Besides the fact that 80% of the history shown in the movie never happened (or at least not the way they describe it) he is shown using a early to mid '60's Fender Musiclander, a mid '70's Tele and a mid '70's Strat, all sporting rosewood fretboards (for the record Holly's Strats had Maple Fretboards. Fender changed over to rosewood in '59 around the time of his death). Forgetting that he never even owned the first two mentioned, the fact that they have him playing instruments with options that didn't exist yet showed that the director didn't seem to give a rat's ass about any authentic look of feel to the movie.
    Honerable mention. Led Zeppelin "TSRTS"... Just what I wanna watch, two hours of Jimmy Page, uninspired :rolleyes: Just makes you appreciate the times when they were spot on (namely '69/'70).
  16. Alan T

    Alan T Forum Resident

    The first big production Rock'n'Roll movie: "The Girl Can't Help It". Now if Bob Dylan would allow a re-edit of the footage of "Eat The Document" (the 1966 Euro tour w/ the Band) or a stereo soundtrack and music heavy edit of "Renaldo & Clara".
  17. Doug Hess Jr.

    Doug Hess Jr. Forum Resident

    Belpre, Ohio
    Don't know if this qualifies, but I always loved the music from "Animal House".
  18. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

    Yeah, "Animal House".

    Chris Montez "Let's Dance"

    Otis Day and the Nights...

    When I was at MCA/Universal we must have received 10 calls a week wanting to book Otis Day and the Nights for gigs....

    Silly, huh?
  19. jligon

    jligon Forum Resident

    Peoria, IL
    Not necessarily a "movie" in the theatrical sense but I enjoy watching The Beatles' First US visit much more than A Hard Day's Night.
    Also, technicalities aside, I enjoy the Buddy Holly Story.
    However, Don't Look Back is my favorite.
  20. Ben

    Ben New Member

    Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Gimme Shelter

    2. Tommy

    3. Woodstock

    4. American Graffiti

    5. Yellow Submarine


  21. cvila

    cvila Forum Resident

    Bob Dylan - "Eat the Document"
    Saw it at the Museum of Television a couple of years ago.
  22. Mart

    Mart New Member

    :cool: I was beaten to the punch ...

    Anyway, I'm of the school that hated "Tommy". It's only redeeming factor was Ann Margret's gown becoming transparent when she was rolling around in beans. "Man do I have a ballpark frank for her." :p

    PS : Some honorable mentions were "Crossroads" & one of the two "Eddie & the Cruisers" (I forget which).

    [ November 09, 2001: Message edited by: Mart ]
  23. RetroSmith

    RetroSmith Forum Hall Of Fame<br>(Formerly Mikey5967)

    East Coast
    Steve.....that guy who played Otis Day actually went out on the road with a band as "Otis Day and the Nights- The Animal House Party Band". They played Kings College in PA one weekend while I was visiting my friend. They were GREAT.

    Boy, that brings back memories. Still one of the greatest soundtracks ever, in my humble opinion.

  24. pigmode

    pigmode Active Member

    Hmmm, and I had thought Ann Margret was over the hill by the time she made Tommy. You should have seen her in Bye Bye Birdie, another rock movie more or less. And don't forget Wayne's World, the movie that made us take the song Mickey seriously.

    [ November 09, 2001: Message edited by: pigmode ]
  25. R. Cat Conrad

    R. Cat Conrad Almost Famous

    D/FW Metroplex
    My favorite R&R oriented movies (i.e., as opposed to documentary or concert films) are "Almost Famous" and "Still Crazy", with "This Is Spinal Tap" coming in a not-too-distant third as a great tongue 'n cheek parody.

    For musicals with a rock theme, I'd have to say "Rocky Horror" still 'Curry's' the most favor with "The Life of Brian" coming in a close second ...okay, so that's a rock of ages farce rather than a rock musical (picky, picky!). ;)

    As documentaries go it's hard to beat the original "Woodstock", "The Isle of Wight" or AC/DC's "Let There Be Rock", the last being a popular midnight bio-pic of the band arguably at it's peak w/concert footage filmed prior to and released on the cusp of vocalist Bon Scott's death.

    Concert movies (i.e., feature length films focused only on the music and composed of performance footage) are much more dificult to list because there are so many great ones; "Jimi Hendrix at the Atlanta Pop Festival", ELP's "Pictures in an Exhibition" and "Yessongs" comes to mind, but if I were to do this right I'd have to sit down and compose a list of at least twenty such films and subjectively organize them from most impressive to least impressive.

    Whew! :eek:

    Robert Cat Conrad
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