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Bandwagon (1996)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  12 September 1997 (USA)
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Tony gets fired from his job. He's not really sad about this because he prefers writing songs and playing the guitar. He meets the drummer Charlie and they decide to start a band, although Tony is afraid of playing in front of other people. He can't even play in front of Charlie. They find another guitarist, Wynn, who enjoys fishing if he's not playing the guitar. The final member of the band is Eric, the bass-player who is often unpredictable in his actions. They name the band Circus Monkey and want to get famous and rich. However, after some successful gigs, they begin to realize what all the big music and show business is about. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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Finally, a halfway decent movie about a band.
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I thought this movie was done pretty well. I saw the box in the video store, & noticed that it claimed it had original music written on the soundtrack written just for the film. I read the back of the box, & took it home. After seeing it once, I had to buy the soundtrack because "It couldn't be Ann" stuck in my head. I thought the movie was good, because it showed how four people who had nothing in common, came together through playing their own music. It felt real to watch, having been through it myself on a smaller level.

Watching these guys go from their drummer's garage to actually touring together, was fun. It also helped me to realize that if the guys I play with off & on went on the road in a van that size, we'd probably end up at each other's throats too. But, like Circus Monkey, no matter what would happen, it'd be worth it just to do it, period.

There were some inconsistencies. The bass player's amp/cabinet alone required two people to carry it (as seen when they steal it back from that dealer). So you're going to tell me that all of their instruments, amps, mikes, mike stands, & an entire PA to tour with fit in the very back of that van? Yeah, right. I can't fit my whole drum kit in my car! And where did they get the money for the van & PA to tour with? Oh well, why gripe, it's just a movie.

I honestly thought this was a pretty accurate portrayal of a band starting out realistically. They didn't just suddenly start playing arenas, & become a huge success. In fact, I really liked how they didn't end up selling out to Rival Records. It felt honest & real. Not everyone wants to be the next Spittle.

If you play, or have played in a garage band that's tried to play your own material, check this film out. And also buy the soundtrack, if only for the four original Circus Monkey tunes. They made me wish that there was an entire album of their music to buy. The liner notes are interesting too. The same group of guys that recorded the Circus Monkey tunes, also recorded the Spittle songs. What irony...

All in all, a pretty light & enjoyable film worth seeing if you've ever wanted to get out of the garage & get on stage.


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