The Decline of Western Civilization, Part 2: The Metal Years

Yeah, so it’s not the most positive documentary. Perhaps this focuses on the heavy side of metal, highlighting the the age of excess in glam metal through classic incriminating quotes.

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The Decline of Western Civilization, Part 2, is one part expose, one part rockumentary, and every part sensational. I mean, Gene Simmons is interviewed in a lingerie store, Paul Stanley is interviewed laying in bed with three scantily clad women, and you already saw the Chris Holmes piece. Directed by Penelope Spheeris, who also directed Wayne’s World, the film is the second of three films in the series, the other two focusing on punk music. Spheeris loses some credibility in my opinion since it was exposed that the OJ scene with Ozzy Osbourne, where he entirely misses the glass while pouring it, was faked. I don’t doubt that these rockers all has serious drug and alcohol issues, but it just wasn’t the most well balanced footage. Especially when you take into account the interviews with PMRC Tipper Gore people who talk about Metal Rehab. “We de-metal them”. Wow.

One of the best quotes (there are many): a girl talks about staying away from drugs by stating “It’s sex, drums, and rock ‘n roll!”

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