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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.

Director:

Penelope Spheeris

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Tyler ... Himself
Joe Perry ... Himself
Alice Cooper ... Himself
Gene Simmons ... Himself
Paul Stanley ... Himself
Lemmy ... Himself
Ozzy Osbourne ... Himself
Bobby Dall Bobby Dall ... Himself (Poison bassist)
Bret Michaels ... Himself (Poison vocalist)
Rikki Rockett ... Himself (Poison drummer)
Joey Scott Harges Joey Scott Harges ... Himself
Gene Allen Gene Allen ... Himself
Mychal Davis Mychal Davis ... Himself
J. Holmes J. Holmes ... Himself
Mark Michals Mark Michals ... Himself
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1989 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$373,743
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The women lying in bed with Paul Stanley were Playboy models. See more »

Goofs

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

Lemmy: If you think you got what it takes, shove it out, run it up the flagpole and see who salutes it.
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Crazy Credits

A clip of Bill Gazzarri appears after the credits, with a dance contest winner nowhere to be found. See more »


Soundtracks

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 Decline Indeed
24 August 2006 | by mnigaraSee all my reviews

These comments are appropriate as a straight reading of the film, but I don't think Spheeris meant to create a more comprehensive view of heavy metal, and I don't think she was naive about the breadth of heavy metal. I think the title says it all if read as an ironic commentary on the original "Punk Years" film. The first film is such a brilliant snapshot of a certain time, and the social problems, great music, politics, and lifestyles on display are directly and deliberately contrasted with the dummies (NOT talking about Lemmy, Mustaine, and Aero here) in the "Metal Years" film. It's as if Spheeris, after capturing such a visceral authenticity--something so intense--in the "Punk Years" film, asked What the hell happened? seven years later in the "Metal Years" film. The "Punk Years" isn't a "decline" at all, but the "Metal Years" certainly represents one in so many ways if viewed through the lens of 1981.


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