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With "Rock of Ages" thundering through theaters on Friday, the retro spotlight will once again shine on the crazy '80s, the decade of decadence when rock stars were true rock stars and unapologetic about being so.
In anticipation of the nostalgia this will inspire, we're looking at nine hard-rock and heavy-metal films that have made noise in the mainstream. Horns up!
Eric Wareheim: "'Happiness.' I just rewatched that again. That was very inspirational for our work, for me, just seeing how awkward ... family problems ... It was just one of those movies that hit you on all levels. Really, really funny, but really f**ked up. Todd Solondz is one of my favorite directors."
Tim Heidecker: "'Spinal Tap' I could watch a million times. I don't think I ever get tired of that movie. It's so perfect. Every scene is exactly in the place it should be. A lot of asshole qualities come from being stupid. Like that scene when David St. Hubbins is so medicated after Nigel leaves the band. They're trying to get some answer out of him about how he feels about that and he's treating it like he's just another guy that's played in the band. It's so sad!"
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are the eponymous duo behind the cult Adult Swim series "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" and "Tom Goes to the Mayor." Their hilarious/surreal first feature, "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie," is currently available on iTunes, on demand and in select theaters.
Among many, just saying the phrase "This one goes to 11" brings a knowing nod and a smile. The famous scene in 1984's cult classic "This Is Spinal Tap" where British prog rocker Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) tells documentarian Marty DiBergi that he's had his amps modified to go "one louder" than 10 is used as shorthand to describe absurd behavior by empty-headed musicians.
Now it's a holiday.
The new comedy "Take Me Home Tonight" celebrates the 1980s and all its excesses, from Mercedes-worship to Frankie Goes To Hollywood telling us all to relax.
The '80s was a time of rampant materialism and mohawks, and the only way people got through it -- like WWII -- was with laughter.
In honor of Topher Grace's nostalgic comedy, we're celebrating the 25 most-uniquely only-in-the-80's comedies, the ones where the hair was froofy, Eddie Murphy still brought the funny, and the geek inherited the Earth. Get More »