Joe Rock Superstar (1973)

Director : Shaun Costello

Cast :
Shaun Costello … Rock the Guitarist / Voice of Walter Cockite (uncredited)
Jamie Gillis … Jesse the Drummer
Valerie Marron … Groupie (uncredited)
Arturo Millhouse … Murray (uncredited)
Ashley Moore … Nick (uncredited)
Tina Russell … Rabbit (uncredited)
Marc Stevens … Joe Cock (uncredited)
Ultramax … Joe’s Mother (uncredited)

Marc Stevens plays Joe Cock, a Jim Morrison by way of David Bowie circa Ziggy Stardust vocalist whose claim to fame is his uncanny ability to get it up on stage. When the film starts, his girlfriend (Tina Russell) is upset that her oral skills aren’t arousing him so she blows guitar player Sean Costello in the hallway telling him she’s ‘always had a passion for balls.’ Indeed. The band goes on stage – Stevens lip synching to Morrions’s vocals with Costello hammering away at his guitar where this is none as Jamie Gillis keeps time on the drums. The same performers also appear in the audience in front of the stage, making you realize just how small the cast is for this Costello directed picture. At any rate, Cock can’t get it up and the band is booed off the stage. They retreat to think things over and Cock’s mother, ‘Mrs. Cock,’ helps him out (think Taboo here) before Gillis decides to give her a poke. The film ends with the news that the band has just been booked for Madison Square Gardens now that the news is out that Cock’s got his erection back. Filled with stale sex, incessant bickering and talking over one another, and the most jaw droppingly funny stage performance ever, Joe Rock Superstar is pretty terrible stuff. Most of it feels like it was made up on the spot and the cast members all look out of it. Stevens seems to be having fun playing rock star while Costello (wearing a hippyish leather vest) and Gillis (sporting a Coke-Cola inspired Cocaine shirt) sort of wander from scene to scene as needed. As bad as the movie is, the stage scene is so retarded that it completely redeems the rest of the picture and it’s worth watching the movie just for that short sequence. At the end of Joe Rock Superstar, for some reason a Regency Films short called Blonde Sandwich shows up where a squirrelly looking guy has sex with a blonde chick and the Oriental Madame who runs the brothel he decides to pay a visit to.





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