New DVD of the independent film “Teenage Superstars” directed by Grant McPhee, the creator of Big Gold Dream, the film about the early years of Scottish Independent record labels.
Teenage Superstars is a 2017 film about the Scottish independent music scene between 1982 and 1992, focusing on the bands that emerged from in and around the country at this point, including The Pastels, BMX Bandits, The Soup Dragons, Teenage Fanclub, The Vaselines, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream. In doing so, the film also considers the early days of Creation Records and Stephen Pastel and Sandy McLean’s 53rd & 3rd record label. The film follows on chronologically from 2015’s Big Gold Dream, also directed by Grant McPhee, with its title taken from the Vaselines song “Teenage Jesus Superstar”.
Teenage Superstars charts a generation of musicians from Glasgow and Lanarkshire from 1982. Broadly speaking, it is chronically structured, while also tracing the geographical and social connections between some of the bands (for example, the childhood friendship of Sean Dickson, Duglas T. Stewart and Norman Blake, all from Bellshill). The film’s story follows the formation of the featured bands, the friendships between them and sharing of band members, the commercial success of The Soup Dragons, Primal Scream and Teenage Fanclub, and the bond between the Scottish and US indie scenes of the early 1990s before the scene they had created gave way to Britpop.