Monday, January 07, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains 1981

Starring a teenage Diane Lane, this is a classic scene from the obscure cult flick Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains. Inspired by The Looters—real-life Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, Paul Simonon of The Clash on bass and Ray Winstone on vocals, Lane forms a punk band and escapes her dank Pennsylvania town (and her aunt played by Christine Lahti).

In a shopping center filled with hundreds of copycat punk girls, The Stains steal "The Professionals" while Lane famously performs in black panties, fishnet stockings and a skunk mohawk to die for. And keep an eye out for a young Laura Dern playing bass.

Years ago Stains lurked on late night cable, but now it only exists as a pop culture curiosity on bad bootlegs. Hey, a big thanks to whomever posted this on Youtube.

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