The Guy From Wet Cherri

I think The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2: The Metal Years is my all time favorite music documentary. Hands down. It has great interviews with Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne about how many drugs they did (“I must’ve snorted up Peru”- Steven Tyler), Alice Cooper and Lemmy about how they started the whole thing, but most importantly, it has interviews with delusional assholes.

Penelope Spheeris made three “Decline” documentary films. They’re out of print and hard to find. The first and last are about Los Angeles punk, first in the early 80s, then in the late 90s. In both there are funny and poignant moments, but The Decline Part 2: The Metal Years is where the hilarious delusions about the music business really get captured. Punk musicians and fans know it’s not a mainstream thing. You aren’t likely to make money at it. Metal, however, had reached pop music success and in the mid-80s on The Sunset Strip of LA everyone knew they would make it.  Spheeris does a great job at making these interview subjects feel very comfortable in revealing all their honest thoughts on the world.

This guy in the clip above is in the band Wet Cherri (it grosses me out typing that name as much as it surely does for you to read it).  He is POSITIVE his band is going to make it. There are no other options for him. His only applicable skills outside of music (and even then I’m sure his musical ability is just ripping off Rolling Stones riffs) seem to be applying eye-liner and duping women into paying for his lifestyle until he makes it big. Since none of us have heard of Wet Cherri (the band at least, I feel like there’s probably a porn series or lube company or french tickler brand with that name currently) this fellas dream never came true and I hope his death wish (“see ya pal!”) is where he’s currently at.

Posted on March 17, 2013 .