Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988), Cult rockumentary series by Penelope Spheeris

Quote from Wikipedia:

... follows the heavy metal scene in Los Angeles, with particular emphasis on the glam metal sub-genre. Spheeris explores the more famous musicians, including Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Mustaine and Paul Stanley. The film also features interviews with members of Poison, Tuff, Vixen, Faster Pussycat, W.A.S.P., and more. Serious issues such as drug usage, alcohol abuse, and censorship are tackled, as well as vanity issues like celebrity and sales.

The film is well-known for its many scenes featuring rock star excess. The scenes include:

  • Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P. is interviewed in a swimming pool beside his mother while extremely intoxicated. He stumbles through the interview, and pours a bottle of vodka both in his mouth and on his head.
  • The unsigned band Odin talks about being more famous than The Doors and expects to become millionaires.
  • An interview with club owner Bill Gazzarri (deceased) who used to organise a 'sexy rock and roll' dance contest.
  • Riki Rachtman and Taime Downe, then owners of the Cathouse club in L.A., discuss how girls get entry to the club faster if they dress 'sleazy'
  • Paul Stanley of Kiss is interviewed in a bed while surrounded from head to toe with girls.
  • Steven Tyler of Aerosmith talks about spending millions of dollars on drugs.
  • As Ozzy Osbourne cooks eggs in a kitchen he spills orange juice all over the table, apparently due to uncontrollable shakes. (However, in a 1999 interview for 'A.V.Club', Spheeris admitted that the orange juice spill was faked and the kitchen was not that of Ozzy Osbourne.) Spheeris also interviews him about sobriety, to which Ozzy replies, "It ****** sucks."
  • Lastly, Spheeris takes her cameras to Sunset Strip to film the nightlife in 1980s Los Angeles.

Info: Wikipedia: The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

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Anonymous said...

You roxxxxxxx. Very instructive documentary. Perfectly shows how many people are stupid and outrageously idiot.

And perfectly shows how these band believed in their music. Play or die...

Anonymous said...

Would u please post part7 of mediafire again?? ... it's not downloadable....

Please man, i downloaded every other parts but that one...

please let me know when u do it:


SirCaustic said...

very nice... thank you

the mediafire link #7 is dead

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