This 1982 classic about a young punk rock band is followed by a talk with Natasha Lyonne
On Thursday, February 6th Music Driven and Noisey present Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains with Jake Fogelnest (Squirt TV, The Fogelnest Files, Making of ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains’) and Natasha Lyonne (Slums of New York, Orange is the New Black) in conversation after the screening!
A rebellious spirit in a bad economy is the perfect equation to produce a young punk rock band. Through a series of provocative gestures – raging against media, parents, sexuality, and lack of money – Corinne (Diane Lane) ignites the power of female outspokenness into the musical arena. Winding up on a tour she and her band members Jessica (Laura Dern) and Tracy (Marin Kanter), manage to overcome that they can’t sing or play instruments by embodying the frustration of the time period (read: 1980s Reagan-era); reaching stardom and the selling out. The Fabulous Stains touches upon how youth, image, and media all have action (and an inevitable re-action) in popular culture.
Real punks in the film: ex-Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook, Paul Simonon from The Clash, and Vince Welnick and Fee Waybill from The Tubes. Los Angeles punk icon Black Randy from Black Randy and the Metrosquad makes an appearance as himself and as “Mexican Randy”.