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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains is a 1981 film about three teenage girls, including Diane Lane and Laura Dern, who start a punk band. Shot in British Columbiamarker, Canadamarker, the film also featured Ray Winstone, Christine Lahti, ex-Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook, along with Paul Simonon from The Clash, Vince Welnick and Fee Waybill from The Tubes. L.A. punk icon Black Randy from Black Randy and the Metrosquad also makes an appearance as himself and as "Mexican Randy". There are also brief cameos by Elizabeth Daily as a hotel maid, and Brent Spiner. Musician Barry Ford plays the busdriver named Lawnboy. Ford wrote the majority of the soundtrack including the title song "All Washed Up"; which features Jones, Cook, and Simonon.

The film, originally titled All Washed Up, was directed by music business tycoon Lou Adler for Paramount Pictures and written by Nancy Dowd, who won the Best Screenplay Academy Award for Coming Home. Dowd took the pseudonym "Rob Morton" after being dissastisfied with the production process and with the final cut of the film. The movie was produced by Joe Roth, who would later go on to become chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Punk rock journalist Caroline Coon was a technical advisor on the film.

The film was never given wide release, though it may have had a small theatrical release in 1982. A test screening was held in Denvermarker, Coloradomarker with poor results. The film was shelved but eventually made its way to the Art-House circuit. The films theatrical run included engagements at the Film Forum in New York Citymarker on Wednesday, March 6, 1985,, in Chicagomarker in April 1985,, in Atlantamarker and Los Angelesmarker in July 1985, and at the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphiamarker from Friday, August 23 – Saturday, August 24, 1985.

The true audience for this movie found it on late night cable television. TV airings during the 1980s were spotted on the popular USA Network program Night Flight, Los Angelesmarker local cable Z Channel and Showtime. Rhino Home Video released a DVD on September 16, 2008.

The film has a loyal cult following and shows up on the big screen once in a while. A projectionist at the Nuart Cinema in Los Angelesmarker lobbied for the sole remaining print to be kept in circulation, and the Nuart has screened the film multiple times since 2001. In 1998, the film showed at the Chicago Underground Film Festival and in 2005 at the Sydney Film Festival. In recent years, a private screening was held at the Yale University Department of Anthology in December 2006. Most recently, the film enjoyed a two day showing at Alamo Draft House - Ritz in Austin, Texas (December 1 & 8, 2008). The film recently aired on Turner Classic Movies as part of their Friday night feature, TCM Underground, on January 31, 2009. It was also shown as one of the films in the outdoor Top Down film series run by the Northwest Film Centermarker in Portland, Oregonmarker on August 6, 2009.

The Stains were frequently referenced by notable participants in the riot grrl movement of the 1990s which helped to generate further interest in this otherwise forgotten punk relic. Other fans of the film include musician/actor Courtney Love, writer/comedian Jake Fogelnest, musician/actor Jon Bon Jovi (who dated Stains star Diane Lane in the 1980s), Beat the Geeks "Movie Geek" Marc Edward Heuck, and the late underground filmmaker Sarah Jacobson. In 2000, Jacobson directed, with Sam Green, a short documentary on the film for the IFC television show Split Screen. In 2008, Heuck recorded a historical commentary track for the Rhino DVD, which was not included on the finished DVD; it is available for free download.


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