What would happen if Biggie Smalls, John Lennon, John Denver,
Freddie Mercury and Kurt Cobain shared a home and experienced
the usual problems in a house occupied by a diverse bunch
of men: disagreements, practical jokes and an existence revolving
around what's on the telly? House of Rock not only
draws on the rocks stars' notorious reputations and personas,
it has them parodying popular contemporary TV programmes like
Ally McBeal and Big Brother in the afterlife...
of Rock is the outrageously wacky Channel 4 animated series
that follows the surreal afterlife of some of our greatest
(sadly departed) pop stars. Five dead rock stars - Freddie
Mercury, John Denver, Marc Bolan (who is quickly replaced
by John Lennon), Kurt Cobain and Big Smalls (aka Notorious
B.I.G) - share a house in the afterlife.
any shared household, all five bring something different to
the group. Denver is the calming voice of reason. He's the
one who is constantly trying to keep everyone else in check
and stop the fighting breaking out. As
far as the rest of the group are concerned, Mercury is a raving
queen; Kurt Cobain is paranoid, depressed and permanently
wasted drug addict; Lennon is a hippy who's universal message
of peace is peacing the other house mates off; and Notorious
B.I.G is a foul-mouthed, sexist, gun-toting lunatic.
DVD contains all ten episodes from the show's second series.
I'm not really sure why the creators decided to get rid of
Marc Bolan and replace him with John Lennon. Lennon doesn't
really do that much to be honest.
this series, the house mates take part in a Big Brother
eviction night (it's not overly difficult to work out who
is going to get the boot); invite other dead celebrities round
for a Star Wars themed party; go to court to find out
who pinched Freddie's elder flower eye gel; have a Twilight
Zone moment while fixing the TV aerial; organise a command
performance for Jesus - who they discover is from Birmingham;
and use an Ouija board to contact the living in order to fix
their house subsidence problems.
include two wacky animated shorts. First up is All Aboard
the Cat Bus (12 mins), in which Gwyneth Paltrow drives
the Cat Bus on her quest to get her English accent back by
visiting the queen. On her travels she meets Elvis Costello,
Lloyd Grossman, Shaun Ryder and Al Pacino amongst others.
This is followed by Popcultomania (11 mins), the celebrity
TV panel to end them all. Half animation, half live action.
Popcultomania is hosted by Alfred Hitchcock with two teams
captained by Che Guevara and Andy Warhol.
the end of the day this series won't be to everyone's taste.
It's not exactly highbrow entertainment and is more likely
to appeal to teenagers. Having said that I loved it. It really
appealed to my sick, and rather twisted sense of humour. If
you are a little twisted you'll love it. Dead funny.