This list should go to 11

Rolling Stone magazine has just released the results of a poll naming "This is Spinal Tap" (one of my personal all time favourite films) as the best rock movie ever made according to Contact Music. Here is the list:

1. THIS IS SPINAL TAP
2. A HARD DAY’S NIGHT
3. SID + NANCY
4. HIGH FIDELITY
5. ALMOST FAMOUS UNTITLED: THE BOOTLEG CUT
6. VELVET GOLDMINE
7. DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN
8. HEDWIG + THE ANGRY INCH
9. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL
10. 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE

In a related poll The Band’s “Last Waltz" beat the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense” and the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” for best rock concert DVD. I am trying to get my hands on a link to these polls, especially the live DVD poll because, while important in overall rock and roll history I find “The Last Waltz” to be quite boring. “Woodstock” might be a better choice. And what the hell is “Desperately Seeking Susan” doing on a list of rock films? How about the phenomenal “Dig” or “The Rose” or "Head"? I could go on. What’s your take?Later.

3 Comments

  1. Rolling Stone has got to be kidding with this list! “High Fidelity”?? Come on! “This Is Spinal Tap” is the most over-rated piece of crap ever and Velvet Goldmine is an awful joke of a film. Where is “Don’t Look Back”? The single greatest rock-n-roll documentary ever…period! And what about “The Kids Are Alright”? “Gimme Shelter”? “The Decline Of Western Civilization-Pt 1 & 2”? “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Rock N Roll High School” for sure, but the rest of that list is pathetic.

  2. This is indeed a pretty weird list. Allthough I – unlike DS – really enjoy the down-to-earth metal absurdity of “This Is Spinal Tap”, it’s got nuthin’ to do on the very top of a poll on THE BEST ROCK MOVIES EVER MADE. I mean, whatever happened to flicks such as “The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle”, “End of the Century”, “This Is Elvis” or “Ramones RAW”? Or if we chance a glance over to movies without the ducumentary approach; “The Blues Brothers”, “Ford Fairlane”, “Animal House” and “Repo Man”?

    I dunno, folks. I really dunno.

  3. DS, the list is of rock movies, not documentaries.

    As far as doc dvd’s go, TKAA has got to be my favorite. Or Imagine, if that even counts.

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