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Citizens of Jazzhandia, we are here with an ambassador from the 1980s by way of Australia – it’s STARSTRUCK!
If a Cyndi Lauper music video had a love child with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the result would be the delightfully bonkers STARSTRUCK. Featuring catchy early 80s punk/pop delivered in the form of mini-music videos, the movie flies by with quirky interactions sprinkled liberally between musical set pieces.
None of your hosts had ever even heard of this movie when the Alamo Drafthouse did a screening of a newly restored print, and this episode proves that it’s really hard to describe dance with just words. Which means you’ll just have to seek out this movie and see it in all its glorious joy for yourself.
And if you have seen and loved THE APPLE, you need to make this a priority, Jazz Hams.
Take a listen and fill up our letterboxes with your own thoughts!
SECOND BEST BUT STILL AHMAZING
|Rating: 6.9/10 (1,204 votes)
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Writer: Stephen MacLean
Stars: Joey Kennedy, Ross O'Donovan, Margo Lee
Runtime: 105 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Released: 26 Jan 1983
|Plot: Young woman wants to become the next big singer with the help of her friends and despite the wishes of her working class family.|
I like the “glorious joy” line. It was fun to write those songs!
Holy cow! I’m so excited that you commented!
Those songs were so catchy – we still sing them to each other sometimes when we’re setting up for an episode!