Like watching for the first time. [10] "The Return of Jackie and Judy" is a continuation to one of the band's earlier songs, "Judy is a Punk", which was released on their debut album Ramones. Johnny gave a similar account in a 1986 interview: He always carried three guns around with him...We were prisoners in his house for about six hours, and we thought we were gonna get shot. Hit it, Marky!" If you are just incapable of deriving ANY pleasure from cheesy B movies that have the opposite of all of the above plus make little to no sense, then, again, this movie is definitely not for you. On an added note I still scratch my head as Fleetwood Mac are in the soundtrack. I said, ‘Let’s go,’ and he pulled out a gun and said, ‘Do you wanna leave?’ I said, ‘No, that’s OK, we’ll stay for awhile.'”. PG | 1h 33min | Comedy, Music | 1982 (Italy) 2:14 | Trailer. [38][39] It was also the band's first album to chart on the Netherlands' MegaCharts, with their 1987 album Halfway to Sanity being their only other release to chart there as well. "[13] Dee Dee's account contradicts much of the band's collective account from the 1982 Trouser Press interview, where the band stated that the only track that Johnny, Dee Dee and Marky did not play on was the cover of "Baby, I Love You"; as the band, save for Joey, had gone home after cutting basic tracks for the rest of the album. Parents need to know that ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL is a 1970s-era, drive-in-style, anti-authority comedy with music by the punk band the Ramones. It's cheesy, cornball and downright silly... but also a LOT of fun! ), A school where veryone just want to listen to the Ramones, Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2020. End of the Century was trying to get a hit on each song, instead of trying to get a hit on one or two of the songs on the album and trying to make the rest as raunchy as you can. End of the Century spawned the singles "Baby, I Love You" and "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The Ramones lead the rebellion against conformity in this 1979 musical cult classic with P.J. [41] The first single charted on Belgium's Ultratop chart as well as reaching number 8 in the UK. "[25], Kurt Loder, reviewing the album for Rolling Stone, called it "Phil Spector's finest and most mature effort in years", and said that his production created a "rich and vibrant and surging with power" setting. Ramones fanatic and delinquent Riff Randell battle it out with the strict new principle of Vince Lombardi High School, Miss Togar, with help from the Ramones. Verified Purchase. Start your free trial to watch Rock 'n' Roll High School and other popular TV shows and movies including new releases, classics, Hulu Originals, and more. They [guns] were there but he had a license to carry. Those rambunctious kids are back in school and back in trouble in a smash sequel to the 1978 worldwide hit. The lyrics, written by Dee Dee, depict his childhood in Germany where he would secretly listen to rock radio stations at night. After supposedly hearing that Johnny had returned to New York, Dee Dee wrote that he and Marky Ramone booked a flight and returned home as well. Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2020. But, I've only listened to their recordings and have never even seen a video of them. The school explodes spectacularly. It was then, that the van would go on to be featured in the 1979 movie, Rock N Roll High School, also starring the band, The Ramones, featured in almost 40 different publications, and one of the most famous custom vans in the country, perhaps, the world. The band recorded their earlier compositions in the shortest time possible for the lowest feasible budget, with a relatively low production value. If you are up for a bit of fun and enjoyed Fast Times at Ridgemont High then you'll likely enjoy this movie. Fun music. This DVD arrived very quickly before Christmas and I really enjoyed watching it again, it really is a time capsule of an era and band we will never see the like of again. Also Rock 'n' Roll High School delivers the laughs and is a good natured film and is one of the best Teen comedy films of the 1970's. In any case, my attention was called to a new video version (2010) of "Rock 'n' Roll High School" and I had to have it. Spector emphasized the production value as well, working with a budget of around $200,000, far exceeding their earlier album sessions. "[18] "Danny Says", the third track, was a lyrical depiction of what the band constantly went through while touring—soundchecks, autograph sessions, interviews, etc. End of the Century was described by the band as an album written solely to gain popularity, resulting in more of a pop punk sound. The lyrics name several famous musicians of this era, including Jerry Lee Lewis, John Lennon, and T. Rex, and also cite The Ed Sullivan Show. The album also features a cover of The Ronettes' song "Baby, I Love You", as well as successors to previous Ramones songs "Judy Is a Punk" and "Havana Affair". Johnny constantly claims in his book Commando that he hated the song and the band didn't even play on it, only Joey and some studio musicians. Great picture, great sound. It was released by Roger Corman’s New World Pictures. [24] The album concludes with "High Risk Insurance", which is a reaction to politics of that era. [32] Music critic Robert Christgau called the album "sad", noting that his favorite songs were "I'm Affected", "Baby, I Love You", and "Danny Says". But he had his way of working that was very slow, and the Ramones had their way of working which was very fast. [17], End of the Century was described by the band as an album written solely to gain popularity, resulting in more of a pop punk sound. "[10] During the recording of "Rock 'n' Roll High School", Johnny was forced by Spector to repeat his part hundreds of times over the course of several hours. [25], The album received generally positive reviews from critics, yet not as favorable for many of the band's previous records. There's no point. [40], Two singles were spawned from End of the Century: "Baby, I Love You" and "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? Rock n Roll High School’s brand of humor and musical moments borrows liberally from three huge movies of the decade: Animal House, Grease, and Airplane. HD. The Ramones are at the center of Rock n Roll High School’szany musical escapades and rebellious teen spirit. It’s all on Hulu. It's not like Rock 'N' Roll High School was pioneering brilliant cinema, but it is a brilliant little piece of work within its own framework. All tracks are written by Dee Dee Ramone, Joey Ramone and Johnny Ramone except noted. [20] Joey admitted that he did not favor the song, recalling: "I couldn't believe how awful it sounded. [36][42] "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" [7][8] End of the Century is the most expensive album in the Ramones' career. According to Joey, the ballad was inspired by Lou Reed, who had released the songs "Candy Says" and "Caroline Says". These painstaking methods caused conflict between the band and Spector since the Ramones were accustomed to a quicker recording process. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, senior editor for AllMusic, noted that the Ramones desired mainstream success much more and were recording music in such a fashion as to expand their fan-base. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 8, 2017. I have seen it well over 50 times over the years. Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 27, 2009. It was released by Roger Corman’s New World Pictures. So that would sometimes irk everybody, and led to animosity with Johnny and Dee Dee. Soles and Mary Woronov. 5.0 out of 5 stars A school where veryone just want to listen to the Ramones. For the documentary, see, End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones, End of the Century (Boris the Sprinkler album), "Marky Ramone: 'Phil Spector didn't hold a gun to us, "The Official Charts Company – The Ramones", "swedishcharts.com – Ramones – End of the Century", "norwegiancharts.com – Ramones – End of the Century", "charts.nz – Ramones – End of the Century", "dutchcharts.nl – Ramones – End of the Century", "Search – RPM – Library and Archives Canada", A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector, Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica, A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=End_of_the_Century&oldid=992554790, Pages using citations with format and no URL, Short description is different from Wikidata, Album articles lacking alt text for covers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 5 December 2020, at 21:58. There were numerous studio guests involved in the album's recording, including producer/musicians, Dan Kessel and David Kessel, and California disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer. [36][37] The album became the first—and only—Ramones' album to chart on Norway's VG-lista chart and New Zealand's Recorded Music NZ. He also pointed out that Spector's production failed to make much of a difference in the band's overall sound, saying "his guitar overdubs are worse than his orchestrations, and they're not uncute. "[34] Williams also said that "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio" and "Chinese Rock" maintained the principles of the Ramones in their earlier days. End of the Century is the fifth studio album by the American punk rock band the Ramones, released on February 4, 1980, through Sire Records. The movie is set in 1980. [1] At the Ramones' request, Ed Stasium helped with the album's engineering. It cannot be ranked with any other because that is not fair. The leader of the students, Riff Randell (P. J. Soles), is the biggest Ramones fan at school. The band declined his offer, feeling as though the album would not be the same without Tommy Ramone and Tony Bongiovi producing the album. If you, however, are just looking for a fun, silly time with cheesy, cornball characters performed by enthusiastic overacting actors that range in ages from mid-20s to early 30s being instructed to act like High School students; only semi-playing out poorly written stories and delivering cheesy, cornball dialogue wedged in between over-the-top zany, fun scenes revolving around Punk Rock and involving multiple explosions (one of which involves an exploding mouse) then you'll get a big kick out of Rock 'N' Roll High School! After the band's movie debut in Roger Corman 's Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979), renowned producer Phil Spector became interested in the Ramones and produced their 1980 album End of the Century. Then he sat down at his black concert piano and made us listen to him play and sing "Baby, I Love You" until well after 4:30 in the morning. Rock 'n' Roll High School is a prime example of a 1970s movie phenomenon: a cult film that was deliberately designed to be a cult film. Rock 'n' Roll High School Synopsis A teenager (P.J. ", released respectively. The album opens with "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? Dated in spots, the movie remains a blast of teen energy. I might add that she was somewhat reluctant in that she regarded the Ramones as a bunch of hooligans not worthy of serious watching or listening. Soles) and her friends get even with their principal to music by the Ramones. The title "Danny Says" refers to the band's tour manager Danny Fields giving the members instructions, schedules, and demands. Soles) efforts to meet The Ramones are continually thwarted by rock & roll-hating principal Evelyn Togar (Mary Woronov). [3] Spector had become famous through his work with The Ronettes, The Righteous Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner, The Beatles and John Lennon, among others. With Spector fully producing the album, it was the first release that excluded original member Tommy Ramone, who in 1978 left the band but produced their previous album Road to Ruin. With Corey Feldman, Larry Linville, Mary Woronov, Evan Richards. The opening sets the tone for the story. Read Full Synopsis ", a throwback to the rock music of the 1950s to late 1960s. With End of the Century, the band experienced Spector's infamous perfectionism, and a budget of $200,000 to fully record and produce the album. The students and Ramones resume their party and Riff detonates the bomb. Tons of extras, too. [3], Recording sessions for the album began on May 1, 1979 at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles. [6], Johnny's part is not heard on the next track, "I'm Affected", as reported by Johnny himself. Sire Records owner Seymour Stein relates: "To Johnny, this must have been like the Chinese water torture. There are three versions of the song. She waits in line for three days to get tickets to see the band, hoping to meet Joey Ramone so she can give him a song she wrote for the band, "Rock 'n' Roll High School". What am I gonna do—play along with an orchestra? Yet Rock ’N’ Roll High School is gloriously indifferent to cliques. You see elements of all three working together in the Rock-driven 1979 ode to tee… Joey failed to contribute to the best of his abilities on the album and recalled: "I think that some of the worst crap I ever wrote went on the album. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. He noted that the Ramones are still "spotlighted", rather than their producer. Directed by Deborah Brock. The songs on End of the Century were written primarily to expand the band's fan-base, straying from the band's original punk genre and steering toward a more pop oriented sound. If not, read no further as this review is of no interest to you. A teacher talks about how he is going to educate his students about Beethoven but someone stole his turntable. Spector used more advanced standards of engineering, such as high-quality overdubbing and echo chambers. My wife and I viewed it the other night. [1][2] While the band refused his initial offer, their management later asked Spector to help with the album because of their lack of popularity and sales. Produced by Roger Corman, director Allan Arkush fashions an infectiously fun b-movie from the Seventies. When a surprised Togar asks Riff what she would have done with the school anyway, Riff says "Rock the roof off it! A teacher talks about how he is going to educate his … And if you're someone that just can't help but cringe at any and every silly, corny thing, no matter how fun it is, again, not for you. This article is about the Ramones album. 44 during a fourteen-week chart stay),[35] as well as their most successful on the UK Albums Chart and the Swedish chart Sverigetopplistan. [5] During the studio work, Spector's recording methods were different from those the Ramones were accustomed to from their four previous studio albums. [33] Author Richard Williams exclaimed that to "old fans the Ramones' version of 'Baby, I Love You' went too far, desecrating the memory of the original despite Joey's evident devotion to the task of emulating Ronnie's lead vocal. Soles and Mary Woronov. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. The movie depicts a story line in which the Ramones are obsessed over by female high school student Riff Randell along with other pupils attending the school. Rock N Roll High School was a classic B movie musical comedy featuring the tunes of The Ramones. Roger Corman masterpiece that just takes you back to more easy going times. Learn to play drums by chord / tabs using chord diagrams, transpose the key, watch video lessons and much more. A silly funny film with the Ramones - what more do you want. ROCK N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL Drums Tab by Ramones. Gold Star Studios had become famous through its history with artists like Eddie Cochran and the Beach Boys. [18] The song is a cover version of the original by The Ronettes, and contained a string section arrangement that Leigh deemed "gooey" and that it "sounded right out of Redbone's 'Come and Get Your Love.'" It was released by Roger Corman’s New World Pictures. High-schooler Riff Randell's (P.J. [9], This method of recording caused conflicts to arise. The album was the band's first produced by Phil Spector, though he had offered the band his assistance earlier in their career. It's not real Ramones. Even if you've seen this a zillion times, spring for this bluray. Johnny also felt that the album was far from the band's prime. Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Had the chance to buy this DVD from a high retailer or a Bill Hicks t-shirt many moons ago. They ain't gonna play the other ten songs, anyway. Vince Lombardi High School keeps losing principals to nervous breakdowns because of the students' love of rock 'n' roll and their disregard for education. For all its throwaway humour, this is basically just a pleasant reworking of the kids versus adults rock'n'roll movie format of the '50s. [26] Another AllMusic editor, T. Donald Guarisco, noted that the "entire album is pretty controversial in the world of Ramones fandom". Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 18, 2014. Rock N Roll High School was a classic B movie musical comedy featuring the tunes of The Ramones. "We had been working for at least fourteen or fifteen hours a day for thirteen days straight and we still hadn't recorded one note of music,"[13] he wrote in his autobiography. [23], Side B begins with "Baby, I Love You". "Rock 'n' Roll High School" is a song by American punk rock group the Ramones, from the soundtrack album Rock 'n' Roll High School. He never held us hostage. Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2019, If you need a good story with solid dialogue, writing and great acting to tell you that good story in order to enjoy a movie - even if it's of the light and breezy, "goofball comedy" variety - then this movie is not for you. With these releases, Spector defined what would become known as the "Wall of Sound", which is a dense, layered, and reverberant sound that came across well on AM radio and jukeboxes. He only holstered his pistol when he felt secure that his bodyguards could take over. The opening sets the tone for the story. The tshirt won. Sign in to see videos available to you. Joey exclaimed that he "hated" the song, despite it obtaining a level of popularity in Europe. The lyrics on the album deal with various different things, ranging from drug addictions to the band's lifestyle while touring. Joey failed to contribute to the best of his abilities on the album and recalled: "I think that some of the worst crap I ever wrote went on the album. It realizes that—nerd, jock, brain, or weird middle-aged dude stuck in a state of perpetual adolescence—everyone essentially wants the same thing: to rock out, get laid, dance, and stick it to The Man. ", both of which charted in Europe. According to Dee Dee, when Spector took Joey away for a three-hour private meeting somewhere in his mansion where the album was to be recorded, Dee Dee went looking for them. We could have left at any time", Dee Dee claimed to have left the sessions without recording anything. Bassist Dee Dee Ramone wrote of Spector's obsessive techniques: "Phil would sit in the control room and would listen through the headphones to Marky hit one note on the drum, hour after hour, after hour, after hour. The Ramones lead the rebellion against conformity in this 1979 musical cult classic with P.J. I kept thinking about that connection watching ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, not only because its style is such a giddy update/parody of '50s and '60s school tropes and rock movies, but because it's grounded by a spunky teenage girl and is as much about her and her friend getting through high school as it is getting the Ramones to come play there. 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