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

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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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Self - Aerosmith Vocalist
Self - Aerosmith Guitar
Self - Kiss Bassist
Self - Kiss Vocalist
Self - Motorhead Vocalist
Bobby Dall ...
Self - Poison Bassist
Self - Poison Guitarist
Self - Poison Vocalist
Self - Poison Drummer
Lizzy Borden ...
London ...
Odin ...
Seduce ...
Darlyne Pettinicchio ...
Probation Officer
Tawn Mastrey ...
Self - DJ KNAC
Nadir D'Priest ...
Self - London Vocalist
Self - London Guitarist
Self - Megadeth Guitarist / Vocalist
Desi Benjamin ...
18 Yr. Old Concert Promoter
Bill Gazzarri ...
Self - 'The Godfather of Rock and Roll'
Self - W.A.S.P. Guitarist
Self - Co-Owner Cathouse
Self - Co-Owner Cathouse / Faster Pussycat Vocalist
Cindy D. Birmisa ...
Self - Miss Gazzarri Dancer (1987)
Lizzy Borden ...
Self - Lizzy Borden Vocalist
Gene Allen ...
Self - Lizzy Borden Guitarist
Mychal Davis ...
Self - Lizzy Borden Bassist
J. Holmes ...
Self - Lizzy Borden Guitarist
Joey Scott Harges ...
Self - Lizzy Borden Drummer (as Joey Scott)
Mark Michals ...
Self - Faster Pussycat Drummer
Self - Faster Pussycat Guitarist
Self - Faster Pussycat Bassist
Greg Steele ...
Self - Faster Pussycat Guitarist
Randy O ...
Self - Odin Vocalist (as Randy 'O')
Jeff Duncan ...
Self - Odin Guitarist
Shawn Duncan ...
Self - Odin Drummer
Aaron Samson ...
Self - Odin Bassist
Frankie Jones ...
Self - London Guitarist
Brian West ...
Self - London Bassist
Derek Shea ...
Self - London Drummer (as Shea Darek)
Self - Megadeth Bassist (as Dave Ellefson)
Jeff Young ...
Self - Megadeth Guitarist
Chuck Behler ...
Self - Megadeth Drummer
Lisa Altamirano
Cathy Amanti
Tammy Aseltine
Interviewee / Dancer (as Lisa Axelrod)
Debra K. Beatty
Lisa Billings
Sondye Blakley-Powell
Michele Bronson
Monica Calderon
Michelle Castro
Sylvia Cei
Tomi Child
Lisa Chesney
Sandra Crawford
Gina Cummings
Casey Dobbs
Erika Escalera
Valerie Flavin
Yvette Flores
Kerry Fox
Kim Kelly Fox
Rik Fox
Vylette Francis
Mike Franzblau
Matthew Freeman
Monique Frigard
Janet Gardner ...
Self - Vixen Vocalist
Therese Gelinas
Denise George
Brett Gordon
Sandra B. Holmes
Lani Huihui
Tommy Jon
Beth K.
Danny Kahn
Self (as Roxane Kernohan)
Meredith Kiser
Jan Kuehnemund ...
Self - Vixen Guitarist
(as Mary Jo LaRoche)
Michael Lean
Suzette Marechal
Wendy Martini ...
(as Wendy M. Martini)
Benjamin Mizrahi
Kristi Nelson
Terry O'Leary ...
Carl Ochoa
Heather Ogg
Share Pedersen ...
Self - Vixen Bassist
Roxy Petrucci ...
Self - Vixen Drummer
Stevie Rachelle ...
Kristine Raney ...
(as Kristy Raney)
Kimberly Ray
Chris Resch
David Resch
Eric Resch
Heidi Richman
Tony Riedell
Tammy Roskowich
Morgan Sandberg
Jamie L. Schusterick
Shay J. Smith
Fetish Sorina
Simon Steele
Shasta Tyalor
Mychal Thomas
Jenn Thompson ...
(as Jenna Thompson)
Bobbie Tolusa
Candice A. Udd
Stephanie Vacari
Celeste Valles
Talon Van Tigrin
Tommy Wales
AnnMari Weier
Julie Wilson ...
Holly Wynn
Joey Zaye
Melissa Zepeda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Andrews ...
Self - Seduce Vocalist / Basist (uncredited)
David Black ...
Self - Seduce Guitarist (uncredited)
Bethany Jane Bohatila ...
Hot Blonde at Cat House (uncredited)
Chuck Burns ...
Self - Seduce Drummer (uncredited)
Sandy Holmes ...
Self - Chris Holmes' Mother (uncredited)
Derek Damian Trujillo ...
Fan (uncredited)

Directed by

Penelope Spheeris

Produced by

Paul Colichman ... executive producer
Miles A. Copeland III ... executive producer (as Miles Copeland III)
Jonathan Dayton ... producer (produced by)
Valerie Faris ... producer (produced by)
Guy J. Louthan ... associate producer (as Guy Louthan)
Daniel Raskov ... executive in charge of production

Cinematography by

Jeff Zimmerman ... (as Geoff Zimmerman)

Editing by

Earl Ghaffari

Editorial Department

Gordon Antell ... second assistant film editor

Production Management

Eric Liekefet ... unit production manager

Sound Department

Ara Ashjian ... sound recordist
Gregory Cheever ... sound recordist
Jeffrey J. Haboush ... re-recording mixer
Mark Hanes ... sound mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

Greg Allen ... still photographer
Anthony Huljev ... best boy (as Anthony John-Huljev)
Julio Macat ... additional camera operator
Chris Magee ... assistant camera
Patrick Melly ... gaffer
Luc G. Nicknair ... first assistant camera: Megadeath interviews
Martin Pitts ... camera operator

Music Department

Tim Devine ... soundtrack music executive producer
Ken Mary ... musician
Simon Steele ... composer: additional music

Additional Crew

Skot Bright ... production assistant (as Richard Skot-Bright)
Michael Haddad ... craft service
Francis Mahoney ... production assistant
Todd Muscat ... production assistant
Patrick Shiffrar ... production assistant
Anna Spheeris ... assistant: producers
Lee Waddell ... studio muscian: guitar


Sharon Osbourne ... special thanks

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Plot Keywords
Taglines It's more than's a way of life. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Upadek zachodniej cywilizacji, część II - Metalowe lata (Poland)
  • O Declínio da Civilização do Ocidente - Os Anos do Metal (Portugal)
  • Падение западной цивилизации 2: Года металла (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Västerlandets förfall del 2 (Sweden)
  • Os Anos do Heavy Metal - O Declínio da Civilização Ocidental (Brazil)
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  • 93 min
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Budget $500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia The footage of London was filmed in director Penelope Spheeris' garage, as the members of London did not have homes at the time the movie was filmed. The hot tub Odin was filmed in belonged to Spheeris as well. Likewise, the footage of Aerosmith and of Ozzy Osbourne were filmed in a producer's house. Chris Holmes' pool scene was also shot at the producer's house. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into 100 Most Metal Moments (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Under My Wheels See more »
Crazy Credits A clip of Bill Gazzarri appears after the credits, with a dance contest winner nowhere to be found. See more »
Quotes Alice Cooper: Rock and roll should corrupt kids enough to think. There's nothing wrong with thinking.
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