Hard Core Logo is a 1996 Canadian mockumentary adapted by Noel Baker from the novel of the same name by author Michael Turner. Director Bruce McDonald illustrates the self-destruction of punk rock. Released in 1996, the film documents a once-popular punk band, Hard Core Logo, which is composed of lead singer Joe Dick (Hugh Dillon), fame-tempted guitarist Billy Tallent (Callum Keith Rennie), schizophrenic bass player John Oxenberger (John Pyper-Ferguson), and drummer Pipefitter (Bernie Coulson). Julian Richings plays Bucky Haight, Dick's idol. Several notable punk musicians, including Art Bergmann, Joey Shithead and Joey Ramone, play themselves in cameos. Canadian television personality Terry David Mulligan also has a cameo, playing a fictionalized version of himself. The film has been frequently ranked amongst the greatest movies ever to come out of Canada. In a 2001 poll of 200 industry voters, performed by Playback, Hard Core Logo was named the second best Canadian film of the last 15 years. In 2002, readers of Playback voted it the 4th greatest Canadian film ever made. In August 2008, McDonald stated that sequels were in the works.
Quentin Tarantino presents Hard Core Logo!
Tarantino’s face is the largest one on the cover of the film, his name is bigger than the title of the movie… and frankly, he had nothing to do with it.
And good for him, because it sucks.
Yet another faux documentary, Hard Core Logo purports to be a chronicle of one last tour of regrouped, ‘famed’ punk band Hard Core Logo (a reference to the anarchy symbol) as they trek across Canada, where fans receive them with open arms. The punkish Logos, of course, simply spit in their faces, Sex Pistols-style, act rudely, and wax about their clever philosophies.
It’s a supposed punkumentary, clearly improvised, clearly not a documentary, and clearly not even remotely funny. Any thoughts that you might be witnessing another Spinal Tap should be dashed right away.
While the music of Hard Core Logo is the real deal (Joey Ramone makes a brief cameo, even), the story is boring, trite, and unwatchable, the acting is pathetic, and the filmmaking is attempted avant-garde. You have to wonder why Tarantino thought Logo would be a worthy addition to his Rolling Thunder re-release library… but having seen Switchblade Sisters, another Rolling Thunder reissue, a better question is probably, Quentin, what are you smoking?