The movie Times Square – 1980


You know the kind of movie you’re ashamed to say you like and for some reason need to watch on DVD with the curtains drawn every three or four years – like Sliver for example.  Well, Times Square also fits the bill.  I mean, the story line is so arch that it’s hard to imagine how addled the studio execs were who heard this pitch.

Basically, two girls from a loony bin escape to New York though they are very different – one tomboy and one not – they form a punk band and start to enjoy success until the powers that be close in on them.

Bonkers film about bonkers people.  But the soundtrack, which I remember having at the time, had some classics including the lovely Patti Smith singing ‘Pissing in the River’ – which I love.  Robert Stigwood produced it, having produced Saturday Night Fever which might explain the rather incongruous presence of a Bee Gees track in what’s otherwise a punk/new wave soundtrack for the movie.

 

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