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Vinyl (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 15 March 2013 (UK)
Aging rock group use a young fresh faced punk band to front new recordings to fool the music industry.

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Credited cast:
Phil Daniels ... Johnny Jones
Jamie Blackley ... Drainpipe
Perry Benson Perry Benson ... Robbie
Keith Allen ... Minto
Julia Ford ... Jules
Christopher Roy Turner Christopher Roy Turner ... Griff
James Cartwright ... Jimmy Breen
Alexa Davies ... Flora
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Diggle Steve Diggle ... Himself
Martin Gorst Martin Gorst ... Lawyer
Jynine James ... Mourner
Kamila Janska Kamila Janska ... Journalist
Gareth Jones Gareth Jones ... Radio DJ (voice)
Mike Peters Mike Peters ... Himself
Will Peters Will Peters ... Will - Bass player
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In 2004, has-been 80s punk rocker Johnny Jones makes a drunken comeback single with his old band Weapons of Happiness, after they meet up at a friend's funeral. He is sure the song, "Free Rock 'n' Roll" will be a hit, but in an industry obsessed with image, Johnny is viewed as irrelevant and over-the-hill by record company executives and DJs, who tell him he has the wrong demographic to be successful. Frustrated but determined, he decides to hire a group of photogenic, box-ticking, media-friendly teenagers to front a video for the song. He intends to swindle the music business into liking him, and come clean once the single is released. The youngsters mime to his music, contracts are signed and Free Rock 'n' Roll enters the UK singles chart. Unfortunately, the rest of the band want to be recognised for their part in this achievement. Following an argument between Johnny and band-mate Minto, the story is revealed to the press. As the media go into a frenzy, Johnny finds himself caught ... Written by Moses Quest

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Based On An Awesome True Story
6 September 2019 | by TheAll-SeeingISee all my reviews

Sara Sugarman's music industry film Vinyl is built on a terrific premise, and the fact this dramedy originates from a true story makes it all the more ripe for this big screen telling.

Imagine: A long-in-the-tooth rock band is forced by the industry's relentless ageism to release music under the guise of being a much younger rock band. It happened in 2004, as Mike Peters of The Alarm put out music as The Poppy Seeds, along with a music video of lip-synching lads fronting the tune as if they were its proper creators. Sure enough, the tune got radio play. Gotcha!

In Vinyl, Phil Daniels is the surly, aging frontman, and Jamie Blackley is the younger, fresher face aping the real band's music on camera. It allows for some great moments of both comedy and drama, and in equal measure. True, there is at times a sheeny, Austin Powers artifice to the film, which doesn't always accessorize with the music's scrappy emergence from the cast-off lot. But at its heart is a great story brought to a truthful life on screen, and with terrific competence. Vinyl is an underrated, understated success.


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