Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Once possible KISS/Elder movie: What may have been...


So me being the big KISS fanatic that I am I love all their output. Even the most mystery wrapped release they ever made,"Music from the Elder". Every KISS fan that bought this asked themselves, "what were they thinking, and what does this opera lp mean?" Well, as I sometimes buy used dvd's on amazon I decided to have a Ralph Bakshi animation week, so I got a few of his titles I ether forgot about or never saw. Ralph made the Lord of the Rings film and the great cult movie Heavy Metal which was a series of stories based on features from Heavy Metal magazine. It also featured a hit soundtrack with classic rock acts. When KISS made Music from the Elder they claimed they had a movie idea to go with it. also they had Lou Reed co write some songs for it. So I rent this movie by Bakshi called "Rock and Rule" which may be a glimpse of what they were shooting for. Gene Simmons said they were thinking of a concept like Dungeons and Dragons with a boy hero. A coming of age story animated feature. Rock and rule has music by debbi harry, cheap trick, Iggy and, you guessed it, Lou Reed.... it's a love wins in the end good vs. evil story, but I'm guessing this may have once been the Elder movie planned then scrapped into Rock and Rule. KISS must have wanted to cash in on the midnight movie craze in the early 80's since that's were cool lived at that time. Song remains the same by led Zep, The Sargent Pepper Movie, Heavy Metal, Pink Floyd the Wall, and then to bring in the new music Dance Craze and The Decline of Western Civiliztaion. All of which late night movies then cable classics. I have to guess KISS's timing was off and they must have missed the window for this kind of movie to work. So pick this up if you get the chance. The music is all good and the animation like this will never be made this way again ( I love the 80's animation look of all of Bakshi's "rotoscoped" movies...). If you like this and want another classic Rock and Roll movie from this time check out "Roadie" with Meatloaf! (also fetauing Cheap Trick music). Until next time, the balcony is closed...

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