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Airheads (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Music | 5 August 1994 (USA)
Three band members hoping for a big break head to a radio station to play their demo tape and wind up holding everyone hostage with plastic guns when the head DJ refuses to play them.

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Three would be rockers Chazz, Rex and Pip, known as The Lone Rangers plan to play their demo on a recording company, but then they're turned down rudely. Then they decide to try the famous rock n' roll radio station, but are not accepted either. Then they decide arm themselves with squirt guns and take the station hostage for not playing their demo. But the three get more than what they have bargained for. Written by Emphinix

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A comedy with attitude. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for crude dialogue and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$5,370,000 (USA)
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Making a cameo appearance is "Stuttering" John Melendez, who at the time was from the Howard Stern Show. He is billed in the credits as the "masturbating" rocker. He was invited to participate in this production because, as a new artist for Atlantic Records, his first album had just been released and his song "Talk My Way Out Of It" can be heard as Chaz and the boys are driving in the van on their way to the radio station. After years as a Stern employee, primarily assigned to do unconventional man-in-the-street and celebrity interviews, John was lured away from New York, eventually working as the announcer and voice of Jay Leno's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), as well as writer, from 2004-2014 See more »

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In the last scene when the band is trashing the stage and instruments, Chaz pretends to smash a PRS guitar, actually just slowing his swing to not hit the full stack guitar amp, only pretending to smash it. See more »

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Ian: [on the air] Oh yeah! That was for all you pinheads out there too hip to take off your leather jackets in this 95 degree heat. Now I know when the weather gets like this it brings all you nut bags out of the wood pile. And since I am a trouble magnet, I have one thing to say to you bozos, and that is, back off. Here's the Sons of Thunder from the debut album Scrabbled Eggs and Wobbly Legs. You're listening to Ian Shock, on the station with more hair, more flair, yet so debonair, ...
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Referenced in I Was a Teenage Faust (2002) See more »

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Born to Raise Hell
Performed by Motörhead with Ice-T and Whitfield Crane
Written by Lemmy (as I. Kilmister), J. Melendez / R. Cantor
Produced by Randy Cantor for Loud Garage Productions
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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One of the Great 1990s Comedies
7 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Three band members hoping for a big break head to a radio station to play their demo tape and wind up holding everyone hostage with plastic guns when the head DJ is unable to play them.

To say this film is a good one from a critical standpoint is a lie, as it is pretty bad in a multitude of ways. But as far as 1990s comedies go, or films connected to "Saturday Night Live" (this one very loosely), this ranks up there in entertainment value.

If nothing else, the cast sells this -- David Arquette and Michael Richards before their prime. Adam Sandler at his peak. Brendan Fraser in a transition from Pauly Shore to "real" films... and Steve Buscemi? This is just loaded with talent.

The music will not appeal to everyone. Even as a fan of metal, I have to say a lot of the music is not as top-notch as it probably should be.


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