Shaggs and Stains

Shaggs and Stains

So I finally got around to watching Lou Adler’s “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains,” a semi-coherent flick abut three teenage gals who form a punk band and hit it big.

It’s mostly interesting because Paul Simonon from The Clash, Steve Jones and Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols,

and Fee Waybill and Vince Welnick from The Tubes play major roles that don’t involve much acting.

And you get to see an incredibly young Laura Dern pretending to play the bass.

What I noticed most, though, is when The Stains start to play — a sound which could be kindly described as “rudimentary” — they sounded like…

The Shaggs! A real group of teenage girls with existential questions, who actually made records, and were better than The Beatles, according to Lester Bangs.

Mild nuditity, lots of “wankers” and “tossers,” one good song and not much plot. Worth a look if you’re interested in — or, God forbid, nostalgic for — 1981. Three coils.

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