Trivia, fun facts and more for the 1982 Dance / Music
movie starring Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson et al.
Bob Geldof, of course, would do something in real life that a man like Pink never would. He staged Live Aid in 1985, THE charity concert of the decade... --Probably the most significant concert of all time.
(the future squeeze of Val Kilmer) plays a groupie in this movie. One of her fellow band chicks is played by Nell Campbell
, whom we all know and love from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "Shock Treatment
". One of the paramedics who tries to save Pink is played by Vincent Wong
, a man occasionally referenced by Monty Python's Flying Circus (Ref.: "The Album Of The Soundtrack Of The Trailer Of The Film Of Monty Python And The Holy Grail"). Finally, last but most definitely NOT least, Roger Waters, one of Pink Floyd's main men, as well as this movie's screenwriter and narrator in song, plays a guest as Pink's wedding.
The poetry that young Pink was caught with during "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" is the second verse in "Money", from Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon". Far from being "absolute rubbish", this album stayed longer on the Billboard chart than any other album: more than 700 weeks.
Oddly enough, there's another connection to "Shock Treatment
" in this movie. The choreographer of this movie, Gillian Gregory, also choreographed "Treatment".
The lyrics sung by Pink as he huddled in the bathroom stall later resurfaced in "Moment of Clarity" in Waters' solo album: "The Pros and Cons of Hitch-Hiking" He also uses some lines which surfaced in Pink Floyd's next album, "The Final Cut". Waters originally presented the band with the concepts for both "The Wall" and "Pros and Cons" and the band decided to do "The Wall".
Roger Waters staged a live version of the album at the Berlin Wall in 1990. The participants included Bryan Adams, Paul Carrack, Tim Curry, The Band, Thomas Dolby, Cyndi Lauper, Marianne Faithfull, Albert Finney, James Galway, Jerry Hall, Ute Lemper, The Scorpions, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Sinead O'Connor.
The shot of Mother when young Pinky is asking a girl to dance reveals the "mask" on the curtains behind her.
This movie also has a connection to 1984's "Ghostbusters": here, actor Michael Ensign
portrays the aggrieved hotel manager, seen in "Comfortably Numb". Ensign later went on to play the manager of the Sedgewick Hotel named 'Morris Grout' in the animated series) after this.
The war movie on the television in Pink's hotel room is the classic WWII film Dam Busters, The (1954).
Aside from his singing at the concert and reciting of lyrics in the bathroom stall after shouting "Stop!", Bob Geldof has only one line in the entire movie: "Next time, f***ers" when he trashes his hotel room.
Roger Waters took the plaque from the church of the men killed in Anzio, Italy as a keep sake, while Art Director Gerald Scarfe took the lamps from Pink's hotel room, because he thought they would look nice in his house.
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