The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
Director: Penelope Spheeris Run Time: 93 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 1988
Starring: Alice Cooper, Brett Michaels, Gene Simmons, Joe Perry, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Stanley, Rikki Rockett, Steven Tyler
“From filmmaker Penelop Spheeris comes this fast-paced, humorous and oftentimes outrageous look at the Heavy Metal scene, THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART II: THE METAL YEARS. Candid and uncensored interviews of metal bands including: Medadeth, Faster Pussycat, Lizzy Borden, London, Odin and Seduce (who are all seen in performance), along with Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison and members of Aerosmith, Kiss and Motorhead, result in fascinating footage about the lives, dreams and fans of these heavy metal stars.
Shot in Los Angeles, the film is a music-filled, cinematic collage of such eccentric moments as Gene Simmons (Kiss) being interviewed in a lingerie shop, Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.) in his swimming pool and a daring “heavy metal beauty queen” contest at a local hot spot.
A bizarre slice of life that’ ssure to intrigue both metal and non-metal fans alike, The Metal Years is a one-of-a-kind documentary that will hook its viewers from start to finish”
– The back of The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years VHS tape.