‘Yesterday’ takes an unlikely rockstar to fame; after a cycling accident, Jack discovers he is the only person on earth to remember The Beatles existing and alongside that, all of their famous hits.
This is just one in a long line of biopic/music based films to hit the big screen over the past year. Rocketman, the incredibly honest and beautifully portrayed biopic, documenting the life of Elton John by taking us through every previous heartache and joy of the artist’s life; has already taken $77+Million at the box office, having only been out a month.
Bohemian Rhapsody, although with less critic support than Rocketman, was also a worldwide hit - now totalling a massive $903+Million worldwide in box office figures. We have also seen Mötley Crüe get their story heard via Netflix biopic ‘The Dirt’. All of this attention begs the question: what is our obsession with music films? And who should be next to grace the big screens?
Some older classics such as Almost Famous, School Of Rock, Dreamgirls and even 1964’s A Hard Day's Night have all etched their way into film history. We take a look at bands and famous stories in music that we think deserve a chance of big screen success.
Although we have seen Quadrophenia, the feature-length portraying the life of a young Mod with music by The Who, become a cult favourite - there is still space to tell the bands personal journey through a biopic. Lead singer, Roger Daltry, has recently revealed that he is planning a film about drummer Keith Moon, however what if the focus was on the band as a whole?
The founding members of The Who, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, and John Entwistle, grew up in Acton and all went to school together, joined soon after by north London’s Keith Moon. They performed at Woodstock, Isle Of Wight and were the voice for a frustrated generation. They have sold over 100 Million records worldwide, have tragically lost 2 members of the band, and are still performing now, even though Daltry and Townsend are now in their mid-seventies. It seems a shame for their influence on modern British guitar rock to be overshadowed.
Teenage Kicks? A bench post for any treading in the footsteps of so many other by starting a band. In the backdrop of war-torn Northern Ireland, The Undertones took their political feelings and angst to the masses by creating a wave of melodic punk, signifying a change in pop music’s landscape in 1978. Championed by radio legend John Peel, signing with Seymour Stein at Sire Records, and managed initially by the unlikely leader of Belfast punk, the peace activist and passionate muso Terri Hooley, they took Punk to the US touring with The Clash. The band gave hope to youth wanting more and defied all odds and doubters to become a household name.
Name another band who have had more feuds than Fleetwood Mac… we’ll wait… What is better than watching a story of triumph and joy at the cinema? Of course one of a band arguing and dramatically splitting up! The British-American rock band, have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, with album ‘Rumours’ selling over 40 million copies, making it the eighth-highest-selling album in history. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and received multiple Grammy Awards.
The internal romantic relationships in the band proved to the catalyst to serious bust-ups. The personal turmoil began whilst recording ‘Rumours’ with both sets of couples (John and Christine McVie, Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks) splitting up in the process. Although relative peace was kept for another 2 albums, multiple affairs and deceptions were supposed to have taken place behind closed doors; already producing great music and possibly making for a very exciting film plot!