Gabba Gabba Hey! Hits Enzian

by Matthew Curtis
June 2, 2008 11:10 AM
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Yes, Riff Randell is back! The Ramones' number one fan, so perfectly realized by P.J.Soles (what ever happened to her after STRIPES, anyway?) in the wonderfully subversive ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL (1979), struts her stuff once again when the legendary satirical musical comedy plays Enzian's Cult Classics series for one show only on Tuesday night at 9:30. Like a 1950s rebel movie gone beserk, the film follows the kids of Vince Lombardi High as they set out to thwart their new rock 'n' roll hating principal, Miss Togar (Warhol veteran Mary Woronov), with the aid of the coolest band in the world--The Ramones.

"D-M-U-B, everyone's accusing me!" A fantastic mix of oldies, great school songs, studio stuff, and live recordings make up the classic soundtrack--be sure to watch for the subtitled version of "Teenage Lobotomy" so you can sing along. Which of course we all did back in the day, over and over again at the Bradenton Drive-In with a keg in the van. All of the Roger Corman (he produced) veterans are here, including Dick Miller, Paul Bartel, Vincent Van Patten, and Clint Howard, putting their stamp of B-movie quality on this anarchic rock farce. Allan Arkush, who's now producing and directing TV's "Heroes," directed, with some uncredited assistance from Joe Dante (GREMLINS) and Jerry Zucker (AIRPLANE!), as well as James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd.

A word of caution though--as much fun as the original is, the 1991 sequel, ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL FOREVER, is a Corey Feldman crap-tacular that's as lame as it gets. Don't even go there...

--Matthew

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