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Vinyl (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 15 March 2013 (UK)
Aging rock group use a young fresh faced punk band to front new recordings to fool the music industry.


Sara Sugarman

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Credited cast:
Phil Daniels ... Johnny Jones
Jamie Blackley ... Drainpipe
Perry Benson Perry Benson ... Robbie
Keith Allen ... Minto
Julia Ford ... Jules
Christopher Roy Turner Christopher Roy Turner ... Griff
James Cartwright ... Jimmy Breen
Alexa Davies ... Flora
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Diggle Steve Diggle ... Himself
Martin Gorst Martin Gorst ... Lawyer
Jynine James ... Mourner
Kamila Janska Kamila Janska ... Journalist
Gareth Jones Gareth Jones ... Radio DJ (voice)
Mike Peters Mike Peters ... Himself
Will Peters Will Peters ... Will - Bass player


In 2004, has-been 80s punk rocker Johnny Jones makes a drunken comeback single with his old band Weapons of Happiness, after they meet up at a friend's funeral. He is sure the song, "Free Rock 'n' Roll" will be a hit, but in an industry obsessed with image, Johnny is viewed as irrelevant and over-the-hill by record company executives and DJs, who tell him he has the wrong demographic to be successful. Frustrated but determined, he decides to hire a group of photogenic, box-ticking, media-friendly teenagers to front a video for the song. He intends to swindle the music business into liking him, and come clean once the single is released. The youngsters mime to his music, contracts are signed and Free Rock 'n' Roll enters the UK singles chart. Unfortunately, the rest of the band want to be recognised for their part in this achievement. Following an argument between Johnny and band-mate Minto, the story is revealed to the press. As the media go into a frenzy, Johnny finds himself caught ... Written by Moses Quest

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Johnny's Theme
Written, Composed, and Performed by Ben Lederman
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From Jimmy (The Mod) to Johnny (The Geezer) in 1 easy step
26 August 2015 | by Twins65See all my reviews

Wow, it was great to catch up with Phil Daniels after all these years! Living in the USA, I literally hadn't seen him in anything since I ventured into a Mpls. theater in late '79 for my initial viewing of "Quadrophenia". Oh, I'd heard him 'rapping' on Blur's "Parklife" and as the lead voice in "Chicken Run", but it was my first actual Phil sighting since the 70's! And I've got to say, he can still bring it as a lead actor. We're roughly the same age, so please keep it going, Phil. It's nice to see there's still hope for the over 55 crowd when you're getting plum roles, even if I'm still sitting here at this god-awful desk.

As for the movie, I'm going with a six rating. I was unfamiliar with Mike Peters' 2004 hoax where he released a song under a pseudonym, but I'm glad he was able to pull one over on the music industry which ultimately led to this film. And I always liked The Alarm, even if they were slagged off as short-lived "U2 wannabes" in the states.

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