Ten examples of pretend musicmakers who personify the Tinseltown notion of rock and roll as reality check.
For flame game rocker Aldous Snow, it's been a bad few weeks. First, he crafts his musical "masterpiece", a multicultural mess called "African Child" only to see it lambasted as the worst musical idea of all time. Then his equally famous gal pal, Jackie Q, leaves him, taking their child and running off to Italy to be with her new beau - Lars Ulrich from Metallic. Then, to make matters worse, the same old cravings for booze and pills come back, leading Aldous down yet another path toward public personal destruction. Enter industry intern Aaron Green. Hungry for his big break, he convinced his bosses that the broken down star deserves a comeback - perhaps at the fabled Greek Theater where he found his first big success.
Thus is the life of the fake rock and roll star, the man or woman who turns the world on with their whipsmart smile - and their symbolic sturm and drang soundscapes. As part of the winning, witty comedy Get Him to the Greek (new on DVD an d Blu-ray from Universal), the character created by British comedy bad boy Russell Brand is beyond redemption...and belief...and funny. Oddly enough, though, he is indicative of how most amplified music makers are viewed by the medium's manipulators. In fact, looking over the ten celluloid examples listed below, you can see that Aldous is just one of many megalomaniacal characters who've taken an existence in service of their muse to ridiculous heights. Apparently, if you want to be a fake rock and roll star, these are the examples you have to live up to, beginning with:
Dewey Cox in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
If there is one fictional musician who truly encompasses the entire history of early rock and roll in one dopey persona, it's this farcical combination of various sonic stereotypes. From the earliest Elvis moves to a basic brain dead Brian Wilson, this one man of melody manages to deconstruct (and in some cases, destroy) everything about pretend popular culture from the last forty years. Of course, none of it would work without the brilliant acting job of lead John C. Reilly. He truly is a retrofitted rube for all aural seasons.
Robert 'Fish' Fishman in The Rocker
Dewey Finn in The School of Rock
Pink in Pink Floyd The Wall
Nick Rivers in Top Secret
Buckaroo Banzai in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Max Frost in Wild in the Streets
The Cheap Girls/Benny in The Money Pit
Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy
Beverly Switzler in Howard the Duck