Sunday, June 21, 2009

Death By Stereo


Over the past couple of years, everything that's cool with the kids has been retro. If it's steeped in 80's karma then it's no longer plastic and crap but alive with sort of cola bottle fizz that used to turn your face inside out.

If big hair, glam rock, and vampires are your thing then you only need to look back as far as 1987 to find one of the greatest flicks the world has ever known. Before Joel Schumacher killed the Batman franchise stone dead with Batman Forever and Batman & Robin he directed The Lost Boys and gave the world what it needed. A dirty, sexy vampire teen movie laced with laughs and more cheese than a 18 inch Pizza Hut stuffed crust.

The Lost Boys effectively launched Kiefer Sutherland into, well, some sort of popularity, proved that Corey Feldman really couldn't act and primed Alex Winter for his staring role as Bill S. Preston in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. But none of this matters because it all works. Throw in a soundtrack that any 80's film would've been happy to have and you've got a masterpiece that will last longer than any of the vampires in Santa Carla. If you ever hear Cry Little Sister, you automatically know it's from this film. And how can a film that contains songs written by Elton John, Michael Hutchence and The Doors, performed by INXS, Roger Daltry and Echo & The Bunnymen be anything other than utterly bighaired-tastic?

Ignoring the naff Gothic emo images, here's Cry Little Sister for your listening pleasure...


I'd also recommend giving People Are Strange a listen to. The Doors version is, obviously, quite brilliant although the Echo & The Bunnymen one won't turn you into the undead either.

If you haven't seen this film, I suggest you get onto Amazon and buy yourself a copy. The 80's are back people. Watch this movie and fill your heads with high collars, leather jackets, Nike trainers with Velcro and enough hairspray to stick a greased glam rocker to an MTV set.

"So what's the rush? You're chasing that girl aren't you? Come on, admit it. I'm at the mercy of your sex glands bud."

9 comments:

Beth said...

Like vampires, the 80's will not die...
A classic movie with amazing music.
Excellent review!

Aunt Reeny's After Thoughts said...

I loved this movie off hard when I was a youngin'. Must have watched it about 30 times. The best is when they first take newly bitten dude to go and feed. They come across this mad max kinda inspired cock rock show and there is that guy singin' with the nutzo Billy Ray Cirus buisness in the front, party in the back hair cut! Gold.

More Of The Good Stuff said...

Cheese you say?? Well, those of us from the era prefer to think of it as culturally atmospheric! Filled with razor-sharp commentary on the ills of society vis a vis the dangers of cliques!! Cleverly packaged in a slick.....okay, okay, I'm full of shit. It's just a great f***ing "dirty, sexy" vampire movie....nuff said...

Nice review.

Princess of the Universe said...

I own this on video- I feel compelled to watch it today now.
xo

All Mod Cons said...

Beth - Cheers luv!

Reeny - I'm with you on the number of viewings, love it! Think I may well be right in saying that the guy you mention was in fact Tina Turners keyboard player for about 15 years. Small world eh!

Good Stuff - Couldn't have said it better myself. The full of shit bit. JOKE! ;-)

Universal - On video? Now that IS 80's. Only Betamax would top that!

Aunt Reeny's After Thoughts said...

Post something, I need my Friday to get a move on. Although if you are hard at work on my website banner I can forgive. Just sayin' ;)

Jokes man. Jokes.

Beth said...

I loved this movie too....and everything else about the 80's. That was the best decade! and vampires are ALWAYS sexy...unless of course, you're Jim Carrey.

Aunt Reeny's After Thoughts said...

another music blog....

http://b0bby5ive.blogspot.com/

oh and today's word identification is 'unarti' which is probably a sign that you should draw my banner. Again...jokes...but not really :)

All Mod Cons said...

Reeny - Yeah, apologies for that. I have properly slapped my wrists. Also waiting for my mate to return for far off countries so he can do the computery bit for me. I'm on it ;-)