Wednesday, April 05, 2006

VHS Variations: Missing Persons In A Field Of Boobs

"Lunch Wagon" is one of those R rated comedies that saturated the United States in the late 70's through the late 80's. Boobs were the commodity of the day, and "Lunch Wagon" certainly promised that. It has a special kind of charm if you can dig it's low budget sleazy Sub-Hollywood Booby infested cheesey comedy vibe. It also features Missing Persons as part of the plot, which allows them to have a couple of numbers in the movie.
You get to see this band very early in their career, so early in fact that they had a different name. In the credits on screen they're called "U.S. Drag" which later became a song title instead of a band name. The film shows only a portion of the real band. The dudes playing bass and keyboards were not really in the band. I don't think they can even play their instuments. The blonde guy acts the perfect suave 70's Rock And Roll looking person. It has a nice effect.
So that means no Patrick O'Hearn on bass. We have a clean cut looking TERRY BOZZIO on drums, DALE BOZZIO on lead vocals, and WARREN CUCCURULLO on guitar. Warren has gone on to join Duran Duran and also has done his duty as a NAKED ROCKSTAR WHO LET HIS PENIS BE IMMORTALIZED!!! (this should be a warning to those who can't handle seeing a man's member on their computer screen)


"Joysticks" is from the same section of the lower barrel. Boobs are present, but the makers of this movie were clearly exploiting the growing Video Game phenomenon in the early 1980's. This movie features one of the 'Darryl's' from "Newhart" (the blonde one). I've actually watched this movie a few times.
"I am laying down the laws about this arcade"- From "Joysticks"
This tape was one of the many VESTRON tapes I have. They had a special cheesey logo and theme...The Vestron Theme

Along with some early video footage of Missing Persons, why not add some early video footage of the guy who brought them to our attention? I believe it's his first television appearance back in 1963 on The Steve Allen Show. He's playing the bicycle and looking astonishingly young & innocent.


Blogger weasel said...

Did "Joy Sticks" enjoy a theatrical release?

9:55 AM  
Blogger Charles Hendrick IV said...

why yes it did, but i betcha it didn't play anywhere near midcoast maine.

11:43 AM  
Blogger weasel said...

If there is still a print in existence we should try and get it for the Bayview...

5:37 PM  
Blogger the catman said...

I know it's been a few years since you posted these video gems, but they're no longer available on if there's any chance you might re-post these (especially the Zappa video) I'd love to see them! Thanks for the info...

1:14 AM  

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