Here is a first look at the upcoming wrestling documentary by Keith Alcorn (JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS) and Steve Barnes (A FAIR TO REMEMBER).
BACK ON BADSTREET is written and directed by Keith Alcorn (JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS) and Steve Barnes (A FAIR TO REMEMBER). The two have known each other for more than 30 years and figured it was about time to do something together, before one of them died. BACK ON BADSTREET celebrates the 30th anniversary of the song “Badstreet USA” and subsequent music video that ushered in a new musical genre known as “Rock N’ Wrestling”.
Generally known for their work in the animation industry, Alcorn and Barnes take a less than conventional approach to BACK ON BADSTREET. The goal was to make a film that would knock the documentary on its ear — professional-wrestling style. Told through interviews and extremely rare video footage, much of which hasn’t been seen in 30 years, Alcorn and Barnes’ approach is simple: if it’s fun to work on, it’ll be fun to watch… at least, that’s what they keep telling themselves.
Interviewees on the documentary:
Jimmy Papa – Co-wrote, produced and performed on the pioneer "Rock and Wrestling" entrance theme song for Michael Hayes of the Fabulous Freebirds fame
Grey Pierson – Owner/Operator of the Global Wrestling Federation in the early 1990's.
David Manning – Longtime referee/promoter for WCCW.
Cowboy Johnny Mantell – Professional wrestler from 1978 – 2005 and the pride of Montague County.
Iceman King Parsons – Professional wrestler from 1979 – 2001. The first Black Heavyweight Champion.
Documentary Treatment by Keith Alcorn – July 2014
The year is 1984; and just as George Orwell had predicted, two men would meet and together, they would create a musical fusion that would change the world. Well, one particular world, anyway.
Told through the eyes of the people who witnessed it and with never-before-seen footage that has never been seen before, BACK ON BADSTREET is a documentary celebrating the 30th anniversary of the song, "Badstreet USA," and the people that made it happen.
The documentary focuses primarily on the two songwriters, Michael Hayes, "The Singing Wrestler," and Jimmy Papa, "The Drumming Drummer." Together they wrote a song that introduced the world to a brand new genre in musical history. While not exactly Baroque or Jazz, this new genre was called Rock 'N' Wrestling!
It's a tale as old as time — if time only existed for the last 30 years. It is BACK ON BADSTREET!