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  1. grudlian.

    Musical Mondays Week 101 The Runaways

    When you put it that way, maybe I should have chosen Backstreet's Back.
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    Musical Mondays Week 101 The Runaways

    Honestly, if I had to choose between Never Mind The Bollocks or I Want It That Way the rest of my life, I wouldn't hesitate to choose Backstreet Boys.
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    Musical Mondays Week 101 The Runaways

    Plus they called the movie Great Rock N Roll Swindle. They couldn't be more upfront about it. Maybe fans are more knowledgeable about it now than the Sex Pistols fans I knew in high school. But my experience is that fans have completely ignored the reality of The Sex Pistols.
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    Musical Mondays Week 101 The Runaways

    Yeah, I don't have a problem with a band being manufactured. My complaint with The Sex Pistols is the hypocrisy of the fans acting like Sex Pistols are true punks while so many other bands are posers. Of the classic punk bands The Sex Pistols were the most manufactured.
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    Musical Mondays Week 101 The Runaways

    Yeah, proto punk is more accurate. My understanding is punk as a descriptor was kind of nebulous in the late 70s and anything in the New York/CBGB scene (which Runaways weren't but I think I read somewhere this week they opened for The Ramones) as kind of considered or called punk until a lot of other genre names were established. Even bands like Television and Talking Heads were lumped in with punk to a small extent and I don't think anyone would put them in sound wise with Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash, etc. But I think that happens with new genres repeatedly. So, it's not like punk got it worse than metal or grunge or hip hop or disco or whatever.
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    Musical Mondays Week 101 The Runaways

    To be fair, I think the Sex Pistols deserve a lot of derision because they were manufactured. It's widely known Sid Viscous replaced someone who could play an instrument purely because he looked the part. But I'm not knocking The Runaways. This started as me saying they didn't have any commercial hits in the US and weren't big (except in Japan) outside of their bubble. But I think that's a criticism you could put toward every punk band. There's that quote about The Velvet Underground (maybe from Lester Bangs) that goes something like "Velvet Underground only sold 1000 albums when they were together by every one of those people started a band." I don't think that quote is entirely applicable to The Runaways but I'm not super into punk music and very much less into American punk music. So, maybe I'm wrong. Based on my own experience, I've heard way more talk about The Slits, X-Ray Spex, The Raincoats, Wendy O. Williams, Siouxsie and the Banshees as female punk (and post punk) inspiration than The Runaways. But I think all those groups formed after The Runaways but were active concurrently. So, maybe they influenced a bunch of other women lead groups. I honestly don't know.
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    Musical Mondays Week 101 The Runaways

    Also, I agree with all the Kristen Stewart appreciation. I hope the Twilight stink can get off of her someday so that she can get some more recognition.
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    Musical Mondays Week 101 The Runaways

    Yeah, I knew The Runaways were massive in Japan. Wikipedia says they were the fourth most imported music band in whatever year that was. Im curious if Cam Bert has any insight into if The Runaways have a lasting legacy in Japan. There's a story about Bob Seger (I think but might be wrong on being him) where he was huge in his hometown of Detroit. Sell out shows everywhere he went in Detroit. But was virtually unknown outside Michigan until finally breaking nationally. Music could still be very regional in the 70s. I assume the Runaways were kind of similar. They just didn't stick together long enough to truly benefit from punk gaining popularity. But I also wonder how well it would have gone down if it were better known at the time that they were a semi manufactured group.
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    Musical Mondays Week 101 The Runaways

    "Hit" is extremely debatable in the US. Cherry Bomb was their highest charting song but didn't get into the top 100 in the US. Having a hit doesn't necessarily make you a big deal just as not having a hit means you're nothing. Loads of bands are technically one hit wonders like Jimi Hendrix or The Grateful Dead. Loads of influential bands had no hits like Velvet Underground or Nick Drake or Big Star. My perception of The Runaways is they were basically not a thing at all in the US unless you were really into their scene. I'm not especially into punk but I don't even recall hearing people list them as an influence. Joan Jett (and the Blackhearts) for sure as a touchstone. I'm sure Runaways fans exist, but I don't really hear about them.
  10. "I love rock n roll and this movie" I know this is a reference but that is awkward.
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    Episode 248 Velocipastor

    My understanding is this movie was based on a fake trailer the director did (similar to the fake trailers in Grind House). I think that probably is perfect for this premise. Five minutes or less because it's really just the portmanteau to skate by on. The director has done a couple other movies I've never heard of, then this. So, I kind of wonder if he either has no other ideas or if the velocipastor trailer got his biggest reaction and this was his best shot at making a name for himself. I wondered about this as well. I watched this on my phone while working. So, I figured maybe I missed the scratches on the film but I didn't notice any. Robert Rodriguez claims he purposefully scratched the film for Planet Terror from Grind House. Velocipastor's first movie was a fake trailer that he expanded to a full length movie and claims he destroyed the film. So, I think this guy is just a huge fan of Grind House or Robert Rodriguez.
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    Rebel Without A Cause

    I just listened to this episode. Very disappointed that Amy described Gloria Graham as having a "messy life" after clearly understanding that Graham is a child rapist.
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    Rebel Without A Cause

    I voted no. The one time I watched this, I didn't think it was particularly good. I felt like a lot of its appeal is exploring teen culture in a new way and James Dean. I think there are a lot of movies that explore teenagers clashing with adults and finding their place. In 1955, this would have felt huge but it feels a tad too dated today. As for James Dean, East Of Eden and Giant are better movies.
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    Episode 248 Velocipastor

    Regardless of the order, it's not valid medical advice. I'm not a doctor, but everything I've ever read says that this is outdated from when people didn't understand viruses at all. You should feed both.
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    Episode 248 Velocipastor

    I think calling the movie Utahpastor would have been confusing.
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