|The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years|
|Directed by||Penelope Spheeris|
Guy J. Louthan
|Edited by||Earl Ghaffari|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years is a 1988 documentary film, directed by Penelope Spheeris, about the Los Angeles heavy metal scene from 1986 to 1988. It is the second film of a trilogy by Spheeris depicting life in Los Angeles at various points in time. The first film, The Decline of Western Civilization (1981), dealt with the punk rock scene during 1979-1980. The third film, The Decline of Western Civilization III (1998), chronicles the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers in the late 1990s.
The 1988 film features concert footage and interviews of legendary heavy metal and hard rock bands and artists such as Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Megadeth, Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne, and W.A.S.P.. The film premiered at The Wiltern Theatre and featured David F. Castagno, Publisher/Editor of Screamer Magazine, as the master of ceremonies.
The film has been released for Region 3 (Southeast Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau) on DVD only. Shout! Factory released this film as part of a Blu-ray box set with the other films in June 2015 for Region A.
The documentary follows the heavy metal scene in Los Angeles, with particular emphasis on the glam metal subgenre. Spheeris explores the more famous musicians, including Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Mustaine, and Paul Stanley. She then explores unknown bands, such as London, Odin, and Seduce. The film also features interviews with members of Poison, Tuff, Vixen, Faster Pussycat, W.A.S.P., and more. Serious issues such as drug usage, alcohol abuse, and censorship are tackled, as well as vanity issues like celebrity and sales.
The film is well known for its many scenes featuring rock star excess. The scenes include:
It has been claimed in recent years, most notably in the VH1 documentary series Heavy: The Story of Metal, that this film was partially responsible for the death of glam metal, and the subsequent rise of thrash metal and grunge. The suggestion in the documentary is that fans, disgusted by the scenes of excess, decided to turn elsewhere. A similar claim was made by Dave Mustaine in his autobiography and in the book Hell Bent for Leather by British author Seb Hunter.
Some of Spheeris' featured musicians and live footage of Sunset Strip clubs ended up as part of the 1987 MTV Music Awards, broadcast around the world from Universal Studios in Los Angeles. In addition to a clip of the band Foxx performing onstage, the awards show that year had several presenters who were stars of The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years.[who?]
In a 1999 interview for The A.V. Club, Spheeris admitted that the scene with Ozzy Osbourne spilling orange juice was faked, and the kitchen was not Ozzy's. A more complete version of the interview, in which Ozzy does not spill juice, is included as a bonus feature on the DVD.
|The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Genre||Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal|
|Label||Capitol Records/I.R.S. Records.|
|1.||"Gene Simmons Speaks"||Gene Simmons||0:03|
|2.||"Under My Wheels" (Originally Performed by Alice Cooper)||Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Bob Ezrin||Alice Cooper featuring Axl Rose, Slash & Izzy Stradlin from Guns N' Roses||3:16|
|3.||"Bathroom Wall (Live)"||Taime Downe||Faster Pussycat||3:51|
|4.||"Cradle to the Grave"||Motörhead||4:07|
|5.||"You Can Run But You Can't Hide"||Armored Saint||3:03|
|6.||"Born to Be Wild (Live)" (Originally Performed by Steppenwolf)||Mars Bonfire||Lizzy Borden||4:30|
|7.||"Alice Cooper Speaks"||Alice Cooper||0:20|
|8.||"Rikki Rockett Speaks"||Rikki Rockett||0:08|
|9.||"In My Darkest Hour"||Megadeth||6:17|
|11.||"The Brave"||Metal Church||4:26|
|12.||"Foaming at the Mouth"||Rigor Mortis||3:45|
|14.||"Steven Tyler Speaks"||Steven Tyler||0:24|
|1.||"Under My Wheels" (Originally Performed by Alice Cooper)||Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Bob Ezrin||Alice Cooper featuring Axl Rose, Slash & Izzy Stradlin from Guns N' Roses||3:16|
|2.||"Bathroom Wall (Live)"||Taime Downe||Faster Pussycat||3:51|
|3.||"Cradle to the Grave"||Motörhead||4:07|
|4.||"You Can Run But You Can't Hide"||Armored Saint||3:03|
|5.||"Born to Be Wild (Live)" (Originally Performed by Steppenwolf)||Mars Bonfire||Lizzy Borden||4:30|
|6.||"In My Darkest Hour"||Megadeth||6:17|
|8.||"The Brave"||Metal Church||4:26|
|9.||"Foaming at the Mouth"||Rigor Mortis||3:45|