Thursday, July 29, 2021

Movies I Really Need to Revisit: An Occasional Series

From 1994, please enjoy the official trailer for the brilliant rock biopic about you know who as a punk band in Hamburg Backbeat.

Sheryl (Twin Peaks) Lee as Astrid. What more do I need to say?

I should add that when the producers were trying to figure out who should do the soundtack, they went to Ringo and said "What do you suggest?" Ringo replied "Get a bunch of young kids who've never played a Beatles song in their lives."

The soundtrack band thus became:

Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum): vocals (Paul McCartney) Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs): vocals (John Lennon) Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth): guitar Don Fleming (Gumball): guitar Mike Mills (R.E.M.): bass guitar Dave Grohl (Nirvana): drums Henry Rollins (Black Flag): vocals (Stuart Sutcliffe)

I don't have the CD anymore, but I think I'm gonna have to order a copy.


Gummo said...

Haven't seen the movie in decades but I remember liking it (and I'm very hard to please when it comes to Beatles bios). Didn't know that about Ringo's music recommendation. Very savvy.

In 1979 there was a surprisingly good (at least I remember it that way) TV movie called The Birth of the Beatles that covered some of the same ground. It would be an interesting exercise to contrast and compare. said...

Like Gummo now that I watched the trailer it all came back...I watched this movie.
Can't provide more other than saying it was entertaining and at times thought provoking - Lennon/ Sutcliffe friendship.

steve simels said...

Gummo -- it was produced by Dick Clark, of all people.

Haven't seen it in years, but as I recall it was really really good.