FX sent me a bunch of episodes of this show on DVD, and I
really loved them. I wasn't sure at first if I would because
sometimes FX comedies are not that funny. Then again, I did
love "Wilfred", and "The Comedians," and even the first
season of "It's Always Sunny...." You just never know
what they're going to come out with next. Sometimes it's
really awful and other times it's golden. To me, this is
The show is about an old, drugged-up, washed-up,
never-quite-has-been rock band. The star of the band, Johnny
Rock (Denis Leary, who also writes and produces the show),
is arguably the worst of the bunch. They've all got
their own problems. Johnny's long-lost daughter, Gigi
(Elizabeth Gillies), shows up and wants to record with her
dad and other band members. He has to convince the others to
reunite as well as somehow write new songs (and of course,
bond with his daughter). John Corbett is great as Flash, the
McCartney to Johnny's Lennon.
There are many great original songs for the show, too,
and they all perform really well. Not so well that you
wonder why this band didn't make it big, though. They really
have done an excellent job on the show all the way around.
I'm in a rock band, so it resonates with me. Anyone who's
ever watched MTV regularly, or wanted to be in a rock band,
and especially those who HAVE been in a rock band, should
really enjoy this show. I know I did. I really think
most people will enjoy it, though, because it's just a great
dynamic of messed-up people, trying to deal with life.
In some ways, they do remind me of the gang from "It's
Always Sunny....", except slightly more talented.
Oh, yes, and another added bonus is that there are
numerous cameos from real-life rock stars! It all has a very
"Behind the Music" crossed with "Spinal Tap" feel to it.
FX sent a really nice package with the DVD (they always
have great marketing) and even a nice CD of the songs! I'm
enjoying them. I can't wait to see more of the show. Check
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll centers on “Johnny Rock”
(Denis Leary), lead singer of a legendary early 90’s New
York band called The Heathens. Known for living up to their
name, the band partied so long and so hard that even Keith
Richards thought they needed to slow things down. The
Heathens were on the brink of becoming famous for their
kickass live shows and the release of their highly
anticipated first album. Until they broke up. The same day
the album dropped. Because lead guitarist Flash (John
Corbett) found Johnny in bed with his wife. So the band
became legendary for all the wrong reasons - like
self-destructing sooner than any group in rock-n-roll
history. 25 years later, the only thing bigger than Johnny’s
ego is his prostate. The drugs he really needs now
aren’t cocaine and marijuana – they’re Crestor, Cymbalta and
Cialis. He’s out of work, out of money and out of show
business options. That’s when a massively talented young
singer named Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies) shows up - with a
burning desire to be famous, a throwback appreciation for
The Heathens’ only album, and a stack of cash big enough to
bring the whole band back into the studio. Only this time,
SHE’S the lead singer and Johnny’s just a
behind-the-scenes songwriter. John Ales, Bobby Kelly and
Elaine Hendrix round out the rest of this dysfunctional
rock-n-roll family. The race is on to see who gets
famous first - and for what reason.
The Opening Act
Sample the sound of The Heathens. Check
out the main title sequence for FX’s new series,
Under the Influence
Influences? Vices? Whatever works. Life
Is This Forgivable?
25 years ago, The Heathens broke up for
a good reason. But life is still Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
stars fire off the most unique fatherly advice. Check out
Johnny Rock’s hot tip.
Radiohead + Morrissey = Heathen
A Radiohead/Morrissey lovechild? Sample
this scene from FX’s new series.
This Summer, it’s all about
Fame. Family. Rock
Denis Leary stars.
Rock stars need
to feel comfortable in their own skin. Denis Leary
and Elizabeth Gillies star.
Johnny Rock. At
least he’s an expert in something. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll
takes the stage
Thursday, July 16th on FX.
He’s Listening… He Swears
Great hair. Terrible father. Denis
Leary and Elizabeth Gillies star in
FX’s new comedy, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
Shock To The System
Finding new highs to reach new lows. Denis Leary takes the
Some rockers have no problem leading
from behind. FX's new comedy, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll
starring Denis Leary premieres
The truth is written all over his face.
Denis Leary stars.
Puppies, Puppies, Puppies
Johnny Rock has
something he needs to get off his chest.
A Different High
Music is the ultimate drug… that you
can get without a prescription.
In the Weeds
It takes a hit to write a hit.
Dysfunctional Band, Dysfunctional
The higher the dysfunction, the better
The Rockumentary: Part 1 of 4
“Huge in NYC. Famous in the underground. What the hell
happened? Watch the first chapter of the four-part
Rockumentary on The Heathens, the legendary band from
The Rockumentary: Part 2 of 4
Johnny Rock was on the highway to hell… and taking
everyone with him. Watch Part 2 of The Heathens Rockumentary.
Die Trying: OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO featuring Denis Leary
and Liz Gillies
Take the stage with the stars of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
Watch the first official music video from FX's new series.
The Rockumentary: Part 3 of 4
It was all right there… if Johnny could
only keep it in his pants. See how he screwed more than just
the band in Part 3 of The Heathen’s Rockumentary.
Liner Notes: First Look
It's messy. It's badass. It's
Go behind the scenes.
Sinner Baby: OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
featuring Denis Leary
Before you watch Johnny
Rock make a comeback, watch how he
and The Heathens used to bring it.
Official Music Video
The song that was the beginning and the end for The
Heathens. Check out the official music video for
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