'CBGB' Stars Galecki & Greene: What is 'OMFUG'?
By DAVID WEINER
October 08, 2013
Johnny Galecki and Ashley Greene join an all-star cast in CBGB -- the movie about the legendary, down-and-dirty New York club that became the launchpad for the American Punk movement in the '70s -- and they're sharing their affinity for bands of the era like Blondie, Talking Heads and The Ramones; talking about the state of music today in comparison -- and revealing whether or not they know what "OMFUG" stand for. Watch the video...
"The artists that were there at the time, I was surprised to learn, there was a lot of spoken word and poetry and things like that. The mosh pits came a lot later, but I think that's one of the interesting things about the movie -- you think CBGB and you think kind of violent, hostile rock, and that wasn't necessarily the case," says Galecki.
In theaters October 11, CBGB stars Alan Rickman as Hilly Krystal, the infamous owner of the fabled New York City Bowery dive, and Ashley plays his daughter Lisa, who saved the establishment numerous times from closing down. Johnny channels Terry Ork, the manager of the band Television. Originally intended to be a country, blues and bluegrass establishment (the "OMFUG" was added later, standing for "Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers"), CBGB's transformed into a music mecca for up-and-coming rockers ranging from The Ramones, Dead Boys and Iggy Pop to The Police, Talking Heads and Blondie. Krystal showcased a reported 50,000 bands at the birth of the punk movement, and his one demand was that they all must play their own original music.
"I think that's what so many great art movements really do, is get back to the dirt and the wood and the real elements of what you're trying to express," adds Galecki.
Directed by Randall Miller (Nobel Son, Bottle Shock), CBGB co-stars Rupert Grint, Donal Logue, Malin Akerman, Justin Bartha, Stana Katic, Taylor Hawkins, Joel David Moore, Mickey Sumner, Freddy Rodriguez, Ryan Hurst and Bradley Whitford.
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