MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS' Rock N' Roll Triple Bill With Director Penelope Spheeris In Person At SF's Castro Theatre

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 27, 2015 04:02pm | Post a Comment

On Friday, May 8th, our pals at MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS present a tribute to director Penelope Spheeris at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre and it is a triple bill fit for the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame. After decades of bootlegs, hearsay, and double-talk rumors, Spheeris's The Decline of Western Civilization films have finally been digitally restored and will receive their first official release since the 1980s. It also happens to be the 23rd anniversary of Spheeris's comedy Wayne's World, so catch that on the big screen too! Spheeris will be in attendance and on the Castro stage for a live Q&A session.

Admission is only $13 for all three films. Advance Tix are on sale HERE!

Here's what's happening that night:

7:00pm: The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
Decline of Western CivilizationWorld Theatrical Premiere of DCP Restoration! Written & Directed by Penelope Spheeris

The world theatrical premiere of the seminal Punk classic features jaw-dropping performances by the Germs, X, Black Flag, Fear, Circle Jerks, Alice Bag Band, Catholic Discipline, along with brutally honest interviews with the young punks of Los Angeles circa 1980. Spheeris's stark camerawork captured this moment-in-time better than any film from the era and it's time to celebrate it in all of its purposeful unglory. Digitally restored picture and sound presented in a brand new DCP print courtesy of Spheeris Films. Preceded by a fistful of punk themed 35mm trailers. Q&A with Spheeris following the film.

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Tricked Out and Fully Treated: Rocktober is over but the Halloween high remains...

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, November 6, 2009 01:31am | Post a Comment
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When I was in fifth grade staying up late enough to catch Dave Letterman's Top Ten was a personal goal of mine every weeknight (on Saturday nights it was staying up late enough to make it through Saturday Night Live in its entirety, but I always conked out right about the time Dennis Miller wrapped up his Weekend Update). I like to think that I became a lover of lists and listing things because of that after-hours fixation of mine, but who cares? The fact is that I do love a list and this year's Halloween happenings were so fabulously choice that I've got to work it out herein, Late Night Top Ten style:
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10: Students of San Francisco State University protesting budget cuts on Monday by turning the quad into a graveyard for courses felled by a lack of state education funds. The many headstones featured names of "dead" classes and mourners honored them dutifully in Dios de los Muertos style with candles, flowers and gorgeous little treats. A very clever and seasonally satisfying display of discontent!

9: Rammstein's timely release of their new album Liebe Ist Für Alle Da. Now, I count myself as an accidental Rammstein fan (and there's a good lengthy yarn I could spin about the who, what and why-fors about it), but a fan I am nonetheless ---especially as their machismo-soaked yet obviously Depeche Mode influenced electro-opera-industrial rock always seems to find a place on my annual Halloween mixtape! Not to mention that these German rockers consistently crank out quality music videos that remind us that there once was a time when the medium was viewed as an elevated art-form. Their video for the 1995 single Du Riechst So Gut is perhaps their most romantic (despite the fact that the imagery delves into bestiality, transvestitism and baroque dance routines) and very Halloween appropriate (despite the fact that nearly all their videos could be specified as "Halloween appropriate"). Oh Rammstein, why must thy art be so misunderstood? Maybe it's a European thing...

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Posted by Billyjam, May 20, 2009 10:11pm | Post a Comment

I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I love "I Love Rock'n Roll," the song popularized by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, who released it from the album of the same name in 1981. The hugely successful record went to number one on the Billboard singles chart and #2 on the Billboard albums chart.
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Distingushed by its irrisistable handclap and beat and killer guitar lick, "I Love Rock'n Roll"'s writing and first recording is often mistakenly credited to Jett. But it was Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of the Mickie Most produced, British based group The Arrows who wrote the song and first recorded it six years earlier in 1975 (originally as a B-side on RAK Records). Their version is below in a clip from their weekly Granada Television program The Arrows Show.

I am curious to know which version people think is better, so if you have a moment, please write which version you prefer in the comments below. Note that songwriter Alan Merrill of The Arrows is an American who moved to London, hence the original line he wrote is "put another dime," whereas if he had been British born, it probably would have been something like "Put another 10 pence in the jukebox baby."

the arrowsOver the years "I Love Rock'n Roll" has been covered by many artists. Britney Spears covered the song for the 2002 movie Crossroads (movie clip below), and it has been used in many other movies too, including the 2006 film The Covenant, which featured the Joan Jett version in a bar with jukebox scene.