This film, which has enjoyed a popular cult following since its limited run on the art-house circuit in the mid-1980s, is about three teenage girls (Diane Lane, Laura Dern, Marin Kanter) who start a punk rock band. The Stains score the opening slot on a cross-country tour with aging metal act The Metal Corpses (led by Fee Waybill of The Tubes) and British punk rockers The Looters (real-life punk pioneers Paul Simonon from The Clash and Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols), but their meteoric rise (and equally lightening-quick fall) owes more to TV exposure than to talent. The film was frequently referenced by fans like Courtney Love and notable participants in the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s. (1982, 88 min.)
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