Friday, July 25, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

Following on from last week's post about Streets of Fire here's a post about the other Diane Lane movie in which she plays a musician. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains is a 1982 movie directed by Lou Adler, about three teenage girls who start a punk band. Diane Lane plays Corinne, Marin Kanter plays her younger sister Tracy, and Laura Dern plays their cousin Jessica. Dern successfully sued for emancipation from her mother Diane Ladd in order to play the role.

The Stains: Tracy (Marin Kanter), Corinne (Diane Lane) and Jessica (Laura Dern)

Prior to producing and directing feature films Lou Adler had worked as a music producer. He managed Jan & Dean and produced Sam Cooke, The Mamas & the Papas, Barry McGuire, Scott McKenzie, Spirit and Carole King among others. In fact he was the producer of King's Tapestry LP. 

In 1975, Adler produced the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show and, in 1981, its follow-up, Shock Treatment. In 1978, he directed the movie Up In Smoke, starring Cheech & Chong. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains came next in 1982.

Corinne Burns (Diane Lane) plays a a frustrated teenager living in a nowhere town until she catches a gig by punk band The Looters and metal hair band The Metal Corpses. Bewitched by the whole punk scene, she and her band, The Stains, are invited to join the tour, and in no time at all become media magnets. The band forms a rabid following of young girls, while Corrine begins a relationship with Looters singer Billy (Ray Winstone).


Alongside Ray Winstone the other members of The Looters are played by Steve Jones and Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols and The Clash's Paul Simonon. Fee Waybill and Vince Welnick from The Tubes play the singer and guitarist of The Metal Corpses. 

The movie's a real lost classic and well worth tracking down. My own introduction to the movie came via the Portland, Oregon band Yacht. Back in 2009 the band released a 7'' on Marriage Records featuring covers of two Stains tracks Waste of Time and Professionals. Their brilliant version of Waste of Time is below.

Caroline Coon was the Designer and Production Consultant on the movie and her brilliant designs can be seen here

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