Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989) (part 8 of 12)

Next up for the band accumulation scenes is Quinn, who for variety has long straight hair instead of long curly hair. (Quinn is played by Mark Holmes, the lead singer for the Canadian rock band Platinum Blonde, and the severed head in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.) We’re not told what he plays, but since we just saw a drummer and we’re about to see a piano player, by process of elimination we can assume he’s the bass player. Punk ass movie, making me think. Quinn asks what kind of music they’re talking about, and Eddie grins and says, “The real kind, man.” They both nod happily. Well, that was edifying.

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So that’s what Hilary Clinton would look like in drag.

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Ed Begley III takes solace in a family history of crappy movies.

Cut to the mom from That ’70s Show in a red tuxedo performing at a piano recital. No, wait, it’s supposed to be a guy. The audience is a hundred Quakers in full dudgeon, and Our Gang (Eddie, Rick, Quinn, and Shirtless Drummer, who has deigned to sheath his torso for the occasion).

Ridiculously, the guys begin talking to each other in the middle of the recital [!]. Because, ya know, working-class rockers don’t bother about fancy-schmancy stuff like respecting performers or being considerate to other audience members or anything. Anyway, it seems That 70s Mom Dude plays six instruments, which in Eddie’s mind qualifies him to man the Casio in their rock band. Ooookay. I’d describe the shushing and scowls and so on, but honestly, do I really need to? Just review your notes from Klass Konflict Komedy 101, and you can write the recap yourself.

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Mark "Scooter" Wilson

Mark is a history guy, a graphics guy, a guy for whom wryly cynical assessments of popular culture are the scallion cream cheese on the toasted everything bagel of life. He spends his time teaching modern history at Brooklyn College, pondering the ancient Romans at the CUNY Graduate Center, and conjuring maps and illustrations for ungrateful bankers at various Manhattan monoliths. Readers are welcome to guess at reasons why he's nicknamed Scooter, with the proviso that all such submissions are guaranteed to be rather more interesting than the truth. Mark lives in the Midwood section of Brooklyn with a happy-go-lucky, flop-eared dog named Chiyo who is probably, at this very moment, waiting patiently for her walkies.

Multi-Part Article: Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989)

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