And in other movie music news…St. Louis garage rockers Living Things are about to appear as one of their hero bands, The Ramones in the upcoming film, The Runaway – the biopic about the groundbreaking 70’s all-girl hard rock group led by Joan Jett. Kristen Stewart plays Jett, with Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie and Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon as the band’s “Svengali” Kim Fowley.
The next two weekends present yet more evidence that The Ramones are shining down from rock and roll heaven, starting with Brooklyn-based Vivian Girls tonight with Abe Vigoda at The Independent in San Francisco. These three vixens are on a serious mission, playing no less than 17 shows at this year’s SXSW music fest in 5 days! We are not aware of any other group in the fest’s history to accomplish this amazing feat, and they are still at it. Their MySpace page has 43 shows listed in the next 51 days.
Their first record tackles 10 songs in about 22 minutes, and a new recording is on the way. Sweet harmonies drenched in reverb with simple, catchy drum, bass and guitar revealing spooky tales of relationships disguised in just enough fuzz. Don’t get me started on the milkshake tattoos! Guys will fall in love, gals may express jealousy but are sure to rush out and form a band. Be there!