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Episode 12: Pop Star Movies, feat. Patrick Ripoll of Tracks of the Damned

IT’S TIME TO ROCK OUT AT THE MOVIES! ONE NIGHT ONLY (OR, Y’KNOW, WHENEVER YOU FEEL LIKE LISTENING TO THIS)!



Okay, this one is a little hard to explain: Gabe and Patrick are looking at films featuring rock, hip-hop, R&B, and reggae artists. Not concert movies or movies where a pop star plays someone else, but movies in which they essentially appear either as themselves or a slightly fictionalized version of themselves. Obvious examples include The Beatles in Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night (1964) or Prince in Albert Magnoli’s Purple Rain (1984).


But we’re also not talking about those two very popular films – we’re talking about some slightly less popular titles with strong cult followings, including Bob Rafelson’s Head (1968), starring The Monkees, Perry Henzell’s The Harder They Come (1972), starring Jimmy Cliff, Allan Arkush’s Rock ‘n Roll High School (1979), starring The Ramones, and Reginald Hudlin’s House Party (1990), starring Kid ‘n Play. The fellas wrap things up with shorter discussions of Prince’s movies, Bob Spiers’ Spiceworld (1997), Tetsuro Takeuchi’s Wild Zero (1999), and a few others.


00:00 – Intro

07:07 – Head

31:21 – The Harder They Come

51:32 – Rock ‘n Roll High School

1:19:36 – House Party

1:45:09 – Wrap up



Here's a list we were working from: https://letterboxd.com/gabepowers/list/movies-starring-bands-musical-acts-where/ Stream or download from the Genre Grinder website. Stream or download from the Now Playing Network. Download from iTunes. Download on Stitcher. Listen on Spotify.


Patrick is recording commentary tracks for all of the Friday the 13th sequels and I'm going to join him on part 5. Until then, check out him solo on Tracks of the Damned – Friday the 13th: Part 2.

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