It resurrected the band, outside their core audience to a larger audience. Even it was for a brief period, Kudlow and Reiner didn’t care. Coming into 2020, they are still at it, taking out loans, borrowing money from friends, taking out second mortgages, holding down various day jobs and taking on more credit cards to keep their dreams alive of recording albums, releasing em and playing live.
And this review stood out to me because the reviewer at the time obviously had no idea about the band nor the names of the band members because the reviewer mentioned how he believes it’s a mockumentary because the drummers name is the same as the director of the Spinal Tap movie with an extra B added to Rob.
The movie makes you think, what is success and what it’s failure and if there is a middle ground. Not all artists can be on top, but they shouldn’t be in oblivion either.
And what is value and how do you measure it?
We live in a society of metrics. Everything is measured and people make up their own rules as to how to measure. Its an impossible game.
So for a lot of people not involved in the creative arts, it doesn’t make sense of all the time that Kudlow and Reiner put in, for so little reward in a commercial sense. They can’t understand why they would do it. But the need to create is never tied to money to begin with. Its tied to a need to express yourself.
Persistence is important.
Why give up if you don’t have to?
And should you give up something you love if it doesn’t fit some social rule that if you invest time into something you must be paid a liveable wage.
And it’s not glossy. It’s not all good times, like being plucked from the crowd in “Rock Star” and singing to millions.
As Kudlow said in the doco “it can get any worse than it is right now” or when the Europe tour went sideways Lips said, “at least there was a tour for something to go wrong on”. And if you want to know how it is to be independent, Kudlow’s sister loaned him $12K so that album number 13 gets done and then they couldn’t find a label to release it on.