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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)

Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s.

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Documentary showcase, what life was like for the music artists living during the Los Angeles Heavy Metal scene in the mid and late 1980s.

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It's more than music...it's a way of life.

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24 August 1989 (Australia)  »

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O Declínio da Civilização do Ocidente - Os Anos do Metal  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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$373,743
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Close-up shots of Megadeth playing were filmed before the audience arrived for the show. See more »

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Megadeth drummer Chuck Behler's last name is misspelled as "Beehler" in the end credits. This is not corrected on the DVD/Blu-ray release. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Young: I'm not gonna cheat the audience that way. I don't get high when I'm practicing at home alone, so why should I do it when I go up onstage?
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Crazy Credits

Chuck Behler's last name is misspelled as "Beehler" in the end credits. This is not corrected on the DVD/Blu-ray. See more »

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References Batman (1966) See more »

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Colleen
Written by Andrews, Black, Burns
Performed by Seduce
(Recorded live on October 17, 1987, in The Cave, Holywood, CA)
IRS Music INC/Totenkopf Songs
Recorded by TIM PINCH
Mixed by Tim Bomba
SEDUCE appears Courtesy of IRS Records
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The "real" Spinal Tap
5 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Every bit as funny as "This is Spinal Tap" but it's the real deal documentary and these poor guys aren't trying to be funny. Ozzy Osbourne is a gas. Every nobody interviewed was sure they'd be the next Steve Tyler. These dudes look like ladies.


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