Dirtiness, Netflix’s new biopic based on the life and times of “the world’s most famous rock band” Mötley Crüe, was recently dropped on the streaming service after spending years in development hell. The biopic received mixed reviews from critics, with some describing it as “a funny and gross whirlwind through one of the last great eras in rock history” and others describing it as a “Wikipedia article of a film rated R “. “
But it turned out to be popular with audiences, so more hardcore sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll biopics could be on the way. Here are 10 bands that need a Netflix biopic like Dirtiness.
ten Black sabbath
Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne made an appearance in Dirtiness, played by Tony Cavalero, as he sniffed live ants and licked Nikki Sixx’s pee on the side of a hotel room (which apparently happened). This story is just the tip of the iceberg.
Sabbath wrote a song called “Snowblind” about a certain recreational drug that they smuggled into the studio inside Bill Ward’s drums. Ozzy has reportedly eaten the head of a living dove (or bat, depending on which version of the story you are reading) on stage before. A biopic on Black Sabbath could be Dirtiness set in the 60s and 70s as opposed to the 80s and 90s.
The Who was made up of some of the greatest rock legends who ever lived – Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Keith Moon – and they were some of the bands that created the sex, drugs and rock ‘n lifestyle. ‘roll as we know it today. The Live Aid streak was one of the most acclaimed aspects of Bohemian Rhapsody – well, the Who also performed on Live Aid, so we could have another scene just as spectacular, but with a completely different tone.
Live Aid’s performance marked one of the few performances of Who’s together after their breakup in 1983, which would make it the perfect ending for the film (before letting the black-screened captions take care of the rest).
8 Lynyrd skynyrd
Country music has a bad reputation, but Lynyrd Skynyrd’s mix of country and good old rock ‘n’ roll has made them one of the best rock bands around. And they have an amazing story behind the music to back it up. In the middle of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s career, a tragic plane crash wiped out most of the group.
But they persevered, made up for the missing parts of the band with family members, and continue to have huge success in touring and recording to this day. It’s an incredible story of loss, family, grief and resilience that needs to be told on screen.
seven Dark purple
Everyone knows “Smoke on the Water” and a lot of mainstream music fans know “Highway Star”, but back then – and we’re talking 1968-1976 – they were one of the key bands forming what it is. meant to be a hard rock band.
Ritchie Blackmore is known to be one of the most incredible guitarists to ever live and, as a band, they were ranked the fifth most influential band of all time by Planet Rock. They were even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest group in the world. They’re like OG Mötley Crüe – they deserve their own biopic.
6 Pink floyd
If a Pink Floyd biopic were made, the directing style would have to match their musical style. The same way as Dirtiness is a fast-paced, thrilling and exhilarating race to match their musical style, Pink Floyd’s biopic is expected to be surreal, existential, and unconventionally structured, just like their groundbreaking progressive rock tracks.
The film is also expected to include all of the tragic moments in their history, including the day a spaced-out Syd Barrett returned to the studio after being kicked out of the group years earlier and no one recognized him (he died shortly after after ).
The life, death and influence of Kurt Cobain explored in the brilliant documentary Kurt Cobain: Editing Heck. But his career and that of his band Nirvana have yet to be satisfactorily dramatized.
Nirvana wasn’t the first grunge band – Soundgarden was actually the first grunge band to be signed by a major record label – but they were one of the most influential. Cobain was never satisfied with his own success. He was tormented by doubts as to whether he deserved it or not. It would make a formidable dramatic backbone for a film, with her suicide at the age of 27 making a tragic and powerful conclusion.
4 Led Zeppelin
A biopic on Led Zeppelin should be made, if only to set the record straight on the infamous shark fin tale, but also because they are one of the greatest rock bands of all. the temperature. Zeppelin has reached dizzying heights of success and it would be interesting to see this astronomical rise on screen.
This would only be done with the participation of the surviving band members themselves, as they very rarely allow their music for use in movies – let alone their life story! But that just means it would be a more accurate portrayal of their history and could be a touching tribute to John Bonham in the same way as Bohemian Rhapsody was a touching tribute to Freddie Mercury.
3 The rolling stones
Any discussion of the greatest rock bands of all time has to include The Rolling Stones in the first two or three words, so they would be a great candidate for a biopic. A common misconception about the Rolling Stones is that they are a bunch of working class guys who made their way onto the booming rock ‘n’ roll scene of the ’60s.
It’s wrong. It’s the story of the Beatles, but the story of the Stones is quite different. They grew up quite privileged and were educated privately, so their story would make a different kind of musical biopic – it would be like Dirtiness meets The riot club (both featuring Douglas Booth).
There’s a reason Aerosmith has been dubbed “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”. They are one of the best-selling artists of all time with over 150 million records sold, they’ll have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year, and they’ve actually had a huge influence on hard styles. rock by Mötley Crüe (and countless other bands).
Over the years, they’ve split up and got back together so many times that the movie would feel repetitive, but a biopic focusing exclusively on their early years could be really great if shot, beat, and shot properly, with the participation of the group members themselves.
1 Guns ‘n’ Roses
Guns ‘n’ Roses is the reverse of the Mötley Crüe coin. They are completely different bands with completely different backgrounds, but they both helped curate the glam metal subgenre. Both bands had the hair metal look, but they both looked really cool too. The music of both groups actually said something about their time. It wasn’t just about sex and drugs and rock’n’roll – it was about rebellion and anger and trying to keep the love and come out of tragedy.
GnR burst onto the scene with Appetite for destruction, one of the greatest debut albums (or albums in general) of all time, but it took over a year after its release to take off. GnR has seen more behind-the-scenes drama, disputes and roster changes than Mötley Crüe. And just like Mötley Crüe, GnR’s discography would make a great soundtrack.
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