The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
Presented with: CHIRP Radio, Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)
DIRECTOR: Penelope Spheeris
COUNTRY: United States | 93 min.
SCREENING WITH: Shit
Spheeris's follow-up to her stunning documentary on Los Angeles punk depicts LA's metal scene from 1986 to 1988, when hair bands ruled the Sunset Strip. While tracking the fortunes of would-be glam gods like Odin, Seduce, and London, Decline II features interviews with actual hard-rock gods like Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler, Lemmy, and Paul Stanley and notoriously captures the era's aura of excess, misogyny, and sleaze.