The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years | Chicago Reader

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

Penelop Spheeris's 1988 sequel to her classic 1981 LA punk documentary focuses on the kind of extravagance that the kids in the first film were rebelling against, at least insofar as it manifested itself in stadium-ready rock 'n' roll and its brand-new baby brother, hair metal. In between the unforgettably ridiculous interviews—Ozzy Osborne discussing the mundanity of sobriety while cooking breakfast, Steven Tyler bragging about putting millions of dollars up his nose, Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P. chugging messily from a bottle of vodka in his pool while his mom looks on—we get to meet the fans and scene regulars, who cake on makeup, tease their hair into towering styles, and quit their jobs because they're so sure their dreams of rock stardom will come true.

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