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Friday, 20 March 2015

Pump Up the Volume (1990)

Happy Harry Hard-on is a faceless voice on a pirate radio station speaking directly to the disaffected youth of a small town in Arizona. His listeners connect to what he says because he’s one of them; he goes to the same school and sits in the same classes day after day assimilating the same shit. The adults, feeling their hold threatened, move to hand out sentence.
Slater was excellent in the outsider role back in those days. He could remain calm on the surface but secret into his tones instances of Jack Nicholson violence, which, when you think about it, is a perfect fit for radio anarchy.
See it first when young (if it’s not too late) for maximum appreciation.

3½ jams kicked out of 5

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