Bill would flip over Likehell. I saw their mockumentary the other night with my friend Mary Beth, because neither one of us wanted to watch anything sad or too serious, because it had been a sad and serious day, and it reminded me of the end of Steppenwolf, when Mozart says to the sad-sack protagonist Harry, who has spent his life gnashing about the meaning of life:
" 'Enough of pathos and death-dealing. It is time to come to your senses. You are to live and to learn to laugh. You are to learn to listen to the cursed radio music of life and to reverence the spirit behind it and to laugh at its distortions. So there you are. More will not be asked of you.'"
"Gently from behind clenched teeth I asked: 'And if I do not submit? And if I deny your right, Mozart, to interfere with the Steppenwolf, and to meddle in its destiny?'
"'Then,' said Mozart calmly, 'I should invite you to smoke another of my charming cigarettes.'"
Anyway, I missed it when it screened at Sound Unseen two years ago, but it's out on DVD now and all that will be asked of you is that you do everything you can to see it. (It ain't on Netflix. Yet.) I might have been high, but I laughed harder at this thing (subtitle: "The Unbelievably True and Amazingly Accurate Story Behind Rock's Most Legendary Supergroup") than anything I've seen in a long time, including The Office. It reminded me of a great Ween show, in that it's a wicked parody of rock's self-mythology in particular, artistic navel-gazing in general, and the Behind The Music-ization of everything. Plus, it mocks the shit out of stuff like these self-conscious twerps.
But don't believe me. Ask Brian Oake; he narrates it. Or go here and buy it and tell everyone you know to do the same. Somebody who knows somebody at HBO should get it on the air. Make these smart-asses so infamous they can tour to ironists and rockists the world over and get rich. Here's my Rotten Tomatoes quote:
"Likehell: The Movie is the funniest rock movie since This Is Spinal Tap or Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster, not to mention the only film in the history of filmdom to feature cameos from Lori Barbero, Tommy Stinson, Slash, and Jim Marshall. Warning: You will see something of yourself in it. It will not be pretty, but it will be pretty hilarious."
by Jeff Kupferberg
I like LIKEHELL, not just like them, but LIKE like them, hell yeah. These local miscreants have been wowing the masses since 1994, playing a kazillion shows and putting out rock-solid compact discs. Their discography is heavily rooted in the realm of power-rock; crunchy and tasty guitar, rumbling and bumbling bass action, a drum beat you can set to Greenwich Mean Time, and a cool vocal delivery. This concoction can hypnotize some and cause others to pump their fist in rock and roll bliss. Yes they rock, but don't overlook the massive hooks and subtle melodies, coupled with personal lyrics, they add up to a formidable mix. Listen to the song, Hydroponic, from their debut, "Love American Style", and you will understand the LIKEHELL experience; a brilliant mix of emotion and force.
You want entertainment punk? You came to see the right band. This is where our heroes shine. They will blow you away with a combination of high camp, pure insanity, and rock fury. Crazy costumes are not uncommon, massive hijinks are standard. The "Wrestle LIKEHELL" show, a punk-rock pro-wrasslin' spectacle, was exemplary of their uncanny ability to combine over-the-top rockstar lunacy and humor, without sacrificing their own sense of meat-and potato-no-b.s.-kick-your-head-in authenticity.
LIKEHELL have relentlessytoured the Midwest and Canada, they have plied their trade before audiences in such venues as The Viper Room in Los Angeles, and the Fish Hatchery in San Marcos Texas and all points in between. Headliners in their own right, they have garnered enough attention to open for heavy-hitters such as The Cult and Queens of the Stone Age.
So let's recap shall we; excellent songs, outstanding releases, wacked-out live performances and street cred up the wazoo. There is no reason not to just like LIKEHELL, but to LIKE like LIKEHELL, hell yeah....
July 29, 2004
July 20, 2004
Fledgling filmmakers find forum at festival
August 2, 2004
Yell - Arts & Entertainment
Missing the Palms film festival last week must have been like hell for some people who were unable to view the showing of the independent film "Likehell." The movie, a mocumentary film of "America's most legendary super group" and their struggles as human beings, was shown on July 22.
The film is a parody loosely based on a real Minneapolis band that was formed in 1994.
The 58 minute film takes its audience on a journey through the lives of its characters that have seen and done it all and much more: sex, drugs and rock and roll is an understatement.
This film will definitely hit your funny bone hard.
If you haven't seen this film I would recommend checking it out or picking up the bands newest CD Likehell On The Inside.
You won't be sorry.
Here is what the of the film, Ryan Schaddelee (Writer/ Co-writer/ Editor) Tony Oliveri (Producer/ Likehell Drummer) and Charlie Amdahl (Executive Producer) had to say about "Likehell":
Rebel Yell: Do you have a favorite scene in the movie?
Ryan: My personal favorite is when the big orgy went aright, the group orgy's became legendary at their place and a character in the film says "I just couldn't get certain images out of my head" then it cuts right to baby parrots crying. It's kind of weird you got to see it.
RY: If you were the viewer how would you respond to the movie?
Tony: I think it is funny. First of all there are two different ways you can look at it, one if you know the band obviously you kind of know the history about us and that we've been a band for a while but I think a lot of people especially the ones who have, come to the film festivals, their first response is it's a movie and there are these characters, those people will be like what the heck is this.
Ryan: We want people to walk away asking themselves is that a real band or not.
Tony: Kind of like "The Blair Witch Project," people who saw the movie walked out asking themselves is that real or fake?
Charlie: It's funny to me because the poster looks like a comedy to me and I have been getting feedback from people here that look at it and don't realize it's a comedy and I think American's Legendary Super Group tends to note that it is similar to "Spinal Tap" and therefore a comedy and I am surprised that people still need to be told that.
RY: The audience needs to be told that before the move right?
Charlie: Yeah after the move it is very clear it is a comedy.
RY: You are the drummer in the band Likehell. What do Likehell fans think of the movie?
Tony: Today was pretty much the world premier of the movie as far as the public being able to see it. Our fans are going to freak to be quite honest.
Ryan: I think what's cool is we paint them as just messed up horrible, horrible people but it's funny. I think the fact that the band has such a good a sense of humor about it only makes them look cooler and better in the end.
RY: How has your audience responded to the film?
Tony: We've been getting really good responses. We have seen it in front of an audience three times now and it's interesting to see where different parts get laughs.
RY: Has the movie been picked up by anybody yet?
not yet this is the very first of all the festivals.
Tony: Yes, it is all Likehell songs.
Ryan: There's like 33 Likehell songs on it.
RY: How did you choose who was in the film?
Tony: I cast most of the movie. A lot of rock star friends that I have met on tour and became friends with like
Queens of the Stone Age and the Cult just people I have crossed paths with musically over the years.
Jim Gaulke was in the movie "Fargo." He plays Lance Arrowhead in our film.
RY: What was the most challenging thing about making the film
Ryan: Writing was really fun shooting was really fun. But the editing was fun to the point, just the fine toning we had shot something like 87 or 88 tape hours and had like 10 hours of Likehell concert footage.
RY: What advise would you give somebody that would want to embark on the some career?
Tony: Surround yourself with really good people.
Ryan: (Laughs) Don't do it there is no way you can top this one!
would like to find out more about "Likehell" the
independent film or Likehell the band you can checkout there
website at www.likehellthemovie.com
By Holly Day
Also showing will be the top 10 winners of the "Make Your Own Grain Belt Premium Commercial Contest."
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 8 p.m., Nicollet Island Amphitheater, hidden on the northeast side of the Nicollet Island Pavilion on Merriam Street, Free. likehellthemovie.com
Recorded by various stoner-rock luminaries, these songs are not going to save the world. They won’t even mine virgin musical territory, for that matter. These tracks, which feature more random cameos than a Jerry Lewis telethon, is the most indicative recording of their schizophrenic live show to date.
sole weakness has always been it’s fascination with women’s
breasts, a shtick that crosses the line from adorably anti-PC
to boorishly sexist rather quickly. Nobody ever said musicians
are obligated to run everything past N.O.W. first, but shooting
multiple irony-free music videos with bikini babes is pathetic.
That said, nothing makes me happier than knowing they’re
playing places like the Viper Room and banging on cowbells
while extolling the virtues of chilidogs for breakfast.
The Uptown Bar featured opening act The Squabs and headliners Likehell. I missed the Squabs because I was still at the Fine Line, but Likehell proved without a doubt that they are the ultimate Halloween party band. If the Fine Line knows how to throw a party, Likehell just plain is a party. I've already called these guys the best bar band in town and they certainly disappointed no one on Thursday night. The stage was so littered with spilled drinks, beer bottles and glasses that I'm surprised their effects boxes didn't short out. (Actually lead vocalist Nick Eldorado's microphone did short out for a couple of songs, but no one seemed to notice or even care.) Eldorado took a magic wand from a fairy in the crowd, stuck it where the sun didn't shine to scratch an itch, then handed it back. And it was great to see a drunken witch in a jack-o-lantern sweatshirt and orange hair head banging in the front row. Oh wait, that was me.
replacement(s) for a regional identity
The Puritans and The Bittermen
Okay, let's face it: what would you rather read about an up-and-coming rock band about to pass through your town - strained English 101-derived metaphors about their sonic esthetic (i.e.. the numbing alienation of Arf Arf and the Barftones resonates like an empty bowl of soup) or tawdry (yet pointless) tales of rock 'n' roll decadence. Tawdry gossip? You're goddamn right!
For instance, take Minneapolis rockers', Likehell (who just happen to be an up-and-coming band passing through our town). I mean, these guys played LA's infamous Viper Room - Senor Depp's home of OD'd icons - with none other than rock-filth personified, Motorhead. There's got to be a story there, right?
"Yeah, that was definitely an experience for me," recalls Likehell's lead throat Nick Eldorado. "I've always thought that (Motorhead's) Lemmy was something close to God. Before the show I had an opportunity to meet him. It was amazing, it felt like I was talking to Jesus Christ!"
Well, all right, not exactly mind blowing stuff. Shit, everyone knows Lemmy's closer to being a god than anyone else - and he does resemble J.C. (using velvet wall hangings as a reference point, of course).
Sigh, let's (reluctantly) put groupies and dope aside; Eldorado at least sheds some light on Likehell's, um, sonic aesthetic (F*&%, English 101 don't fail me now).
"I love old punk, but especially metal - Sabbath and Motorhead," sez Nick.
Indeed, LH's latest, Snowball's Chance, plays, for the most part, the bottom-heavy sludge groove to a "T." Although they employ fellow Twin City producer Eric Pierson (Soul Asylum), Likehell seem to have more in common with the Ozzy obsessive / depressives of Chicago and Seattle.
Nevertheless, you can take the boy out of the city, but you can't take the city...
"Immense," is how bassist Frank Throwup describes the influence of Minneapolis's seminal '80s scene. "I met Husker Du, I met Prince. Yup. Briefly, one time when he was still part owner of (the nightclub) Glam Slam. I just kind of ran into him in a hallway and said 'Hi' - y'know, not a long conversation or anything. But, like I said, it's a small enough town where it's really not uncommon to see local icons around all the time. Actually, Tony (Bologna, Likehell's drummer / ex-Cows' member / Nick's brother) went to school with (the Replacements') Tommy Stinson. (Minneapolis) isn't so big that you get lost in it. The environment has provided for me to continue doing it because you meet all kinds of people, not just the musicians, but the people in studios, they're all tied in together."
However, in twentysomething generation rock 'n' roll, a strong regional identity and punk heros aren't always the necessary requirements for a full mojo-workin' indentikit.
"Tony and I grew up in an entertainment family," says Eldorado, thankfully bypassing the ol' 'I saw 'Flag in '83' routine. "My father is quite an established jazz pianist. My mom was a singer with the City Slickers. I don't know if you've ever heard of Spike Jones, not the video guy (Weezer, Beastie Boys), a guy back in the late '50s, early '60s who had sort of a traveling... it was almost like a burlesque show. My mom used to dress in a sequined ball gown and smoked a cigar and played stand-up bass," he laughs.
Finally, a hint of some decadence
at Twin/Tone Records as promotions intern in 1997, the entire
office seemed a-buzz about LIKEHELL. They had a new release
out (Snowball’s Chance) and were wrapping up a video.
Weeks flew by before I realized that the really nice guy making
LIKEHELL promo calls in the cubicle across from me was actually
their drummer, Tony Oliveri. Tony, often accompanied by his
brother, LIKEHELL front man Nick Eldorado, rolled up their
sleeves consistently (try hours on end, several days a week)
to work alongside us. Not once did they—nor Matt Bockley
(guitar) or Frank Throwup (bass)—ever display that “HELLO,
I’m a ROCK STAR...” demeanor symptomatic of newly
signed acts. Motivated by their enthusiasm as well as their
rambunctious, beat blazing, riff rocking, all-out brand of
Rock-n-Roll, we not only worked harder to push the LIKEHELL
record, but rooted like mad when they went off on tour.
Rock Gods in Waiting: Flipp and Likehell are bound to garner some attention this year, at the least because of who's helping them make their albums. Flipp's co-producer is Everclear's Art Alexakis, who made the band the first signing to his new label, distributed by Artemis Records. The band is also working with Kiss's renowned manager Bill Aucoin. Likehell is using ex-Guns 'N Roses drummer Matt Sorum as producer for a disc that'll be released on the Queens of the Stone Age's new record label.
of proven talent, local flavor and new blood should have provided
more than enough incentive to attend the show. Your lack of
attendance, at best, shows your apathy and, at worst, your
contempt for independent live music. Refusal to experience
anything new condemns you to a bland diet of commercial and
often overrated crap.
DEATH BY ROCK 'N' ROLL
Posted by: David Livingstone at November 19, 2004 11:55 AM (EST)
Last time Likehell were in town, they faced a dwindling audience blown away by a fiery Bionic set. But never underestimate the power of a dynamite frontman and kick-ass rock 'n' roll band: the lucky few who stuck around were treated to a blistering set. Tonight (Jan. 14) at the El Mo the Minneapolis band returns, with REO Speedealer, the Sinisters and Teen Crud Combo. Singer Nick Eldorado, who claims his upbringing in a musical family gives him "an old-school performance sensibility" that's rare in hard rock, crosses his fingers that they'll have copies of their brand-new CD, More, for sale, and promises a good time for everyone, I think -- his actual words were, "We'll kill 'em!"
Radio Blog Unfiltered
A great & underrated
talent in many ways. I hope that LIKEHELL launches him up the
rungs of the ent. ladder where he belongs.