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||IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 from 1,263 votes
||Release: 31 January 2005 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Biography, Documentary, Music
||Director: George Hickenlooper,
||Stars: Alice Cooper, Brian Wilson, Brooke Shields, Chris P. Carter, Courtney Love, Exene Cervenka, Gwen Stefani, John Doe, Keanu Reeves, Kim Fowley, Michael Des Barres, Monique Powell, Pamela Des Barres, Rodney Bingenheimer, X.
||Synopsis: Through the glitter and the grunge, from The Monkees to Coldplay, Rodney Bingenheimer--a.k.a. Rodney on the ROQ--has reigned over the Los Angeles music scene for over two decades. A constantly evolving fixture as rock fan, journalist, promoter, club owner and radio DJ on KROQ, Bingenheimer has helped advance every adventurous rock mutation--California pop, glam, punk, goth, new wave, alternative--since he first hit the Sunset Strip during its psychedelic 1960s heyday. Written by Sujit R. Varma
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If it hadn't already been used, a perfect alternative title for a movie
about Los Angeles DJ, Rodney Bingenheimer might have been Almost Famous.
Listen to how Alice Copper describes Bingenheimer: `He was accepted by the
Rolling Stones, he was accepted by The Beatles, he was accepted by The Beach
This slightly unflattering choice of words is significant. Not `was friends
with,' not `hung out with,' not `partied with,' but `was accepted by.' One
critic called the documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip the greatest rock &
roll movie ever made. I'd have to watch Stop Making Sense and The Velvet
Goldmine again before I could make that commitment, but in my opinion, Mayor
isn't even about rock & roll. It's about fame, or the proximity to fame.
It's about acceptance.
Rodney Bingenheimer's greatest achievement is that, for a generation, he
introduced the most influential artists in modern rock to America radio. His
second greatest accomplishment was his ability to be accepted. So many
larger than life personalities try to force themselves into the spotlight.
Meanwhile, quiet, shy, unassuming Rodney Bingenheimer has lived at the edge
of the spotlight for his entire adult life.
Pamela Des Barres (who appears in the film) is arguably the world's greatest
groupie. Bingenheimer is probably a close second, despite the handicap of
being male (being a groupie, like being a fashion model or porn star, is one
of the few pursuits in patriarchal society where being male is a handicap).
But, while Des Barres is a pop icon, published author and happily married to
former rocker Michael Des Barres, Bingenheimer is single, lives in a modest
home with tattered furniture and has a once-a-week, 3 hour late-night radio
George Hickenlooper's Mayor of the Sunset Strip is a thought provoking look
at Los Angeles and the thin but often uncrossable line between `the famous
and the not so famous.' From its opening it seems to ask the question, why
is one of the most influential men in American radio not a household name,
when so many less deserving souls (cough-Carson Daly-cough) are. From the
first frame of the film, I found myself sizing Bingenheimer up to come up
with an answer. He's a short, skinny, funny looking guy. He's got what you'd
call `a great face for radio.' However, he doesn't have a radio voice and
after twenty years on the air he has not developed a radio persona. Perhaps
this is why he will never reach the heights of Wolfman Jack, Kasey Casem or
Rick Dees (yes, I just used `heights' and Rick Dees in the same sentence. No
small feat). He lacks the authority of a Kurt Loader and perhaps was just
born too early to take advantage of MTV, the network that can make
less-than-handsome music aficionados like Matt Pinfield into TV
Over the span of the film, we see Rodney with the likes of Oasis, No Doubt,
Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Coldplay and Cher (who Rodney says was like a
mother to him, although she looks remarkably younger than he does. Hmmm
Many of these artists and many more credit Rodney with being the first to
play their music on American radio. In photo montages we see old stills of
Rodney with Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan, to name a few. We see film
clips of Rodney with Jerry Lee Lewis, The Mamas and the Papas and John
Lennon. The list is so impressive; if you saw it out of context you'd swear
the pictures were fakes. The diminutive Bingenheimer often looks matted into
the footage like Woody Allen in Zelig or Tom Hanks in Forest Gump.
Before the credits roll we will see Rodney betrayed by his best friend. We
will see his unrequited love for a young girl who insists they are `just
friends.' In one humorous and painful scene, we see his estranged family
searching the house for pictures of Rodney in desperate attempt to look less
estranged. Throughout the film two seemingly opposing questions dominate:
With all these famous friends, why isn't Rodney more successful? And, why
did all the famous people gravitate toward him to begin
In the end, perhaps the fact that Rodney Bingenheimer couldn't parlay his
access to the rich and famous into wealth and fame is not the tragedy of
Rodney Bingenheimer. Perhaps the fact that we find anyone who doesn't cash
in on their proximity to fame tragic is the tragedy of America. Rodney
Bingenheimer is our inner geek, the star-stuck autograph hound in all of us.
Hickenlooper's film holds up a mirror to a celebrity obsessed culture, a
culture fixated on something 99.9999% its members will never experience.
Perhaps this is the tragedy of all our lives. After all, as bad as we may
feel for Bingenheimer, the fact remains: WE are watching a movie about HIM,
a movie in which he is hanging out with David Bowie, and we are not.
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, Brooke Shields
, Chris P. Carter
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, Exene Cervenka
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, Michael Des Barres
, Monique Powell
, Pamela Des Barres
, Rodney Bingenheimer
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