adult claims of "You're all the same, you long-haired layabouts" fuelled
teenage rebellion in the Sixties? The same piece of dialogue is uttered
in this rather sleazy, exploitation film, made in 1969, released in 1970
and typical of the state of British movies in what were dubbed 'the saucy
Seventies': lots of low-budget soft-porn in contrast to the big-budget American-financed
British films of the Sixties and the Hammer and James Bond epics of the
previous decade. The film was directed by Derek Ford (director of sexploitation
films such as 'The Wife Swappers'), who co-wrote the screenplay with former
groupie Suzanne Mercer, who'd been involved with the band Juicy Lucy. The
producer was another sexploitation hand, Stanley Long, whose other films
included 'Take Off Your Clothes And Live' and 'Secrets Of A Windmill Girl'.
Ford, obviously more used to soft-porn movies than rock films, commented,
"We were shooting in a discotheque one Saturday night and my ears rang right
through to Monday morning. I was sick - physically sick - on Sunday from
the noise level we suffered".
The film featured Esme Johns as Sally, the groupie; Donald Sumpter as Steve;
James Beck as Brian: Paul Bacon as Alfred and Madeleine and Mary Collinson
as twin groupies. Bored suburbanite Sally was played by a stripper called
Esme Johns. It was her only movie appearance. Producer Long commented, "I
don't know what happened to her. We just pulled her out of a strip club
and made her an actress. She tried extremely hard and I thought she wasn't
bad at all considering".
Opal Butterfly was a real London band which comprised Simon King, drums;
Robert C. Milne, guitar; Allan Love, vocals; Richard Bardey, bass and Tommy
Doherty, guitar. They played the band 'Sweaty Betty' in the film. Lemmy
(later of Hawkwind / Motorhead) had previously been a member of the band
but had already left by the time of this movie.