TV & Film
See Hear Podcast Episode 41 - Rock 'n' Roll High School
Settle down, See Hear listeners. Class is now in session.
Tim, Sticky and Maurice take time out from dissecting frogs, picking fights with the jocks and giving lip to the principal to talk about the Roger Corman produced, Alan Arkush directed 1980 film Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Is it just another b-grade drive in movie about teen rebellion or is there something more going on here (umm….yes there is)?
This is the tale of one girl’s devotion to The Ramones, her determination for them to play a song she’s written, and her fight against the school administration who are repulsed by all things rock and roll. Who will win the battle of the wills between Mary Woronov and PJ Soles.
We discuss the tradition of films and TV shows set in schools and the perception of the teacher as inspiration or villain, why the film is an open love letter to music without stylistic division, Corman’s original intentions for the movie (going even earlier than his desire to capitalise on the Saturday Night Fever craze), and how to make sure that mice don’t end up like Spinal Tap drummers. We also agree that it’s just a damn funny film.
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