Four years after they were last the subject of a documentary Bad News get back together again for another film of their exploits,beginning with a reunion gig at the Flying Horse.

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Peter Richardson ...
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Sally
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Rachel
Judy Hawkins ...
Spider's Wife
Tommy Vance ...
Himself - Concert Compere
Steve Walsh ...
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Anne Cunningham ...
Colin's Mom
Gerard Kelly ...
Promo Director
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Jonathan Stratt ...
Heavy
Yusuf Khan ...
Waiter
Jonathan Caplan ...
Virgin Megastore Shop Assistant
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Four years after they were last the subject of a documentary Bad News get back together again for another film of their exploits,beginning with a reunion gig at the Flying Horse.

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27 February 1988 (UK)  »

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The line-up at the 1986 Monsters of Rock festival, Castle Donington (August 16th) was Tommy Vance as Master of Ceremonies and disc jockey, throughout the day, Bad News, Motörhead Def Leppard Scorpions and headlining Ozzy Osbourne See more »

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Colin Grigson: Come along, then, lets do all the rumpty dumpty bismila business, then we can all get off home and get some kip. I've got to be up working at the bank at 9:30.
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"Drink Till I Die' (uncredited)
Written by Adrian Edmondson', Peter Richardson, Nigel Planer and Rik Mayall
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Burning, looting, raping, shooting...
17 March 2008 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

Rick Mayall and Adrian Edmondson are familiar faces to any fan of 80s and 90s British TV comedy, but what they did with "Bad News" is easily their best stuff. Typically, very few people know about this "band project", which is a shame. While Spinal Tap was a more general and on occasion subtler spoof of metal/hard-rock/rock, Bad News are an in-your-face kind of parody, of an ultra-cliché heavy metal band, the kind that had its heyday in the early- and mid-80s, complete with leather jackets, very bad hair, and "macho" posing.

The BN band members are played with panache and obvious joy by the cast; I can imagine there being tons of footage of out-takes from the shooting. Even though this mockumentary is only around 45 minutes long (sadly), the 4 characters are very quickly and masterfully established, i.e. each of them having very unique personalities, and it is the clashes between the band members, particularly between Rick and Adrian, that carry with them some of the best gags.

Many highlights here: Vim playing "Imagine" from Lennon, the fight over who gets the Marshall amp, the Castle Donnington appearance (complete with actual, unscripted footage of tomatoes and bottles flying into the band's faces), Rick's embarrassment about being a Momma's boy, Rick crying (on several occasions), and last but not least: the video shoot. The video to the song "Warriors Of Genghis Khan" is so hilarious, it will make you go for the rewind button, over and over.

If you end up loving this wonderful heavy metal spoof - and you will, regardless of whether you're into cheesy 80s metal or not - don't ignore the band's CD. Released in 1987, it contains 17 tracks, many of which are various dialogues between the band members. The CD is terrific, as well, one of the musical "highlights" being BN's hysterical version of "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Adrian's vocals and the guitars make Bad News sound like Motorhead...

(That this is my 666th IMDb comment is a total coincidence...)

For my music-related rants, go to: http://rateyourmusic.com/collection/Fedor8/


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