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Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (It Came From the Bargain Bin)

Welcome to another installment of “It Came from the Bargain Bin”. Aaaah musicals! I have to be honest. I am not exactly a big fan of movie musicals. There is just something about a dialog that suddenly breaks into song that,quite frankly, makes me cringe. That being said there are always exceptions. There are animated musicals like Shrek, Heavy Metal, and Yellow Submarine that I enjoy very much due to their humorous anecdotes and the creativity of the animation itself. Unfortunately, it’s the stage to screen musicals like Oklahoma, West Side Story, and Guys and Dolls that I have a difficult time sitting through. There are hundreds of movie musicals that have been made over the years and we could go on all day debating the positives and negatives of the Musical genre, but lets not and move on to this week’s musical shall we. The selection this week is a movie that I have seen a number of times but when I saw it crammed in the middle of cheap heap I had to save it from further degradation and give it another watch for old times’ sake. This week’s Bargain Bin revival is the 1979 cult classic Rock and Roll Musical…………
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School
Starring: P.J. Soles, The Ramones, and Clint Howard
Director: Allan Arkush
Writers: Richard Whitley and Russ Dvonch
Welcome to Vince Lombardi High School! It is a new school year at VLHS and it is time for a change. There’s too much Rock and Roll and not enough discipline. Miss Togar (Mary Woronov) is the new principal and she is bound and determined to succeed in her goal to militarize the freewheeling student body but she is about to find out that this a chore that is easier said than done. To achieve her goal of behavioral domination Miss Togar must defeat the likes of Riff Randell (P.J.Soles), the smart aleck rock and roll ring leader, the youth charged rock of The Ramones, and the rest of the Vince Lombardi students who refuse to give up their adolescent freedom to a fascist prude who doesn’t understand them.

Rock ‘N’ Roll High School is not your ordinary musical. Laced throughout with adolescence based humor and sexuality, RRHS is a celebration of youth and a condemnation of “The System” or “The Man”. Fueled by a soundtrack led by 70’s punk misfits The Ramones, RRHS is a movie that isn’t afraid to be ridiculous and at the same time be a voice for the kids who just want to be left alone to live their own lives. If you’re a fan of seventies rock, in particular The Ramones, and like musicals along the lines of films like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” or……well, lets be honest, there aren’t many other musicals out there like this one which makes it that much better, than you will enjoy the cult classic “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School”. I give Rock ‘N’ Roll High School 2 ½ out of 3 punk rockers. So Hey Ho Lets Go out to your nearest Bargain Bin and check this one out if you haven’t already. See you next week with another from The Bargain Bin.


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  • Adam January 21, 2013, 8:40 am

    Joseph, that reminds me of Millbury High. ;-)

  • Joe January 22, 2013, 3:32 am

    Mr. Capparelli as Miss. Togar! :)

  • Adam January 22, 2013, 9:53 am

    I was thinking more along the lines of your sister taking over the school with Ann and Nancy Wilson.

  • Joe January 23, 2013, 5:20 am

    Can’t believe you remember her affliction I mean affection for Heart. Probably tough to forget as I am well aware of, believe me. I can still picture her acid washed jean jacket that she painted Heart album related images all over. She’s actually going to see them at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester next month so things have not changed that much. Thanks for the laugh.

    • Adam January 23, 2013, 9:55 am

      Joe, that jacket was impressive. Maybe not as impressive as that air brushed custom white snake jacket that Barry Novak had but still impressive. I think he might of had his made at Hampton Beach so it’s tough to compete with that.

      • Joe January 24, 2013, 6:42 am

        Yeah, she was a pretty good artiste but you are right, it’s pretty much impossible to compete with a jean jacket that’s sporting something as jazzy as a custom Hampton Beach Whitesnake airbrush design, but on the other hand Katherine did do the artwork herself so she saved the $10-$20 that it costs for a mint airbrush at Hampton. You sure it wasn’t his brother that had the jacket? Either way, money well spent.

  • Morgan R. Lewis January 24, 2013, 4:37 pm

    It’s a goofy little film, but a lot of fun, especially if you’re a fan of the Ramones.

    • Joe January 27, 2013, 12:47 pm

      Hey Morgan,
      This is definitely a silly flick not to be taken too seriously and you are right, it helps if you are a Ramones fan. Thanx for the post.

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