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Lovedolls Superstar

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The sequel to writer/director Dave Markey's first feature, Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, 1986's Lovedolls Superstar, is a quantum leap in terms of both script (it almost has one) and production values (the budget might have crept all the way into the low three figures). The film probably won't make a lick of sense to anyone who hasn't seen Billy Jack and read Helter Skelter, but the soundtrack, though uneven, has its share of gems. The high points include Redd Kross' title track (nearly the equal of the first film's "Ballad of a Lovedoll," which ended up on the band's 1987 classic, Neurotica) and irreverent take on "Purple Haze." The Lovedolls' version of the Brady Bunch kids anthem "Sunshine Day," a version of Sonny & Cher's Spector-era single "Baby Don't Go" by L.A. radio personality Annette (as in the early Redd Kross hit "Annette's Got the Hits"), and a ripping take on the early Alice Cooper classic "Hallowed Be Thy Name" by Sonic Youth are all gems, as are the Black Flag miniature "Kicking 'n' Sticking," one of that band's few worthwhile post-1984 tracks, and the hardcore joke "Slam, Spit, Cut Your Hair, Kill Your Mom" by Steve McDonald's side project, Anarchy 6. The low points include…well, pretty much everything else, but most especially the eight slices of dull, wanky instrumental slop by Greg Ginn's Gone. However, those are short enough that the bad stuff doesn't completely overwhelm the good.

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