B-Sides: Sex Is Not the Problem But This Song Certainly Is
This weekend Rock of Ages terrorizes theaters with 1980’s rock musical overload. This seems like as good a time as any to horrify you with a musical number from a Reagan era sci-fi rock musical. Sex is the least of Voyage of the Rock Aliens' problems.
How does one go from directing Clint Eastwood as “Dirty Harry” in The Enforcer and Chuck f’ing Norris in Forced Vengeance to directing Pia Zadora, Jermaine Jackson, Craig Sheffer, and Michael Berryman in something called Voyage of the Rock Aliens?
Pia Zadora began her acting career playing a green-skinned Martian child in the 1964 holiday bad movie classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Who would have ever imagined that would be the pinnacle of her career?
Twenty years later, an all grown up Pia Zadora starred in an even worse out-of-this-world musical comedy titled Voyage of the Rock Aliens directed by James Fargo about extraterrestrials landing on Earth in search of the source of rock ‘n roll.
One of the big musical numbers of this 1984 turkey involves Pia Zadora and others performing a song and dance routine to a little ditty titled “Sex Is Not the Problem”. There’s probably a good reason why very few famous musicals feature elaborately staged musical numbers inside of bathrooms and locker rooms.
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