After a booze-fuelled post-funeral jam session, Johnny Jones (Phil Daniels) and his old band-mates from The Weapons of Happiness come up with a gem of a pop-punk single…that no one is interested in picking up from a bunch of washed-up, has-been rockers. But Johnny’s got a plan: a hoax that will reveal the sham that the music industry has become.

Based on Mike Peters’ true rock and roll hoax of 2004, this wry film follows a washed-up rocker, Johnny Jones, who hoodwinks top record labels, radio DJs and the entire rock music world by releasing his new pop punk single under a fictitious teenage band’s name.

Now he just needs to teach this rowdy bunch of kids what true punk spirit is all about!


“Vinyl” wants you to believe that aging rockers can put one over on today’s youth. It’s a cutesy story that apes many of the tropes that marred British cinema imports into America during the 1990s. However, there’s something about the film that feels earnest. I’d buy that something like this could happen. Plus, I support the tales of aging performers trying to find a new voice for themselves in a later generation. Also, I want those kids to get off my damn lawn.

Johnny Jones is a role that lets Phil Daniels cut loose and offer up something that I’ve yet to see him do in any other work. There’s a sense of joy in rediscovering one’s self through pop music. Hoodwinking is always hard to pull off, but the magic of cinema makes you believe that this can happen whenever any perceived misdeed is committed. Old rockers still have something to say. It’s just that the older shit was much better.

The Blu-Ray comes with no special features. The 1080p transfer feels pretty flat, but it seems appropriate for the film. The DTS-HD track is pretty ill-defined, but again I never expect amazing cinematic setups for British cinema. Why is that the case even in the modern era? In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.

RELEASE DATE: 07/01/2014

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