Living Things Set To Play The Ramones In Upcoming Runaways Film

posted July 8, 2009

Living Things Set To Play The Ramones In Upcoming Runaways Film

Having just wrapped up their 2009 Nylon Summer Tour with Patrick Wolf, St. Louis garage rockers Living Things are about to appear as one of their hero bands, The Ramones in the now-filming The Runaways film - the biopic about the groundbreaking '70s all-girl hard rock group led by Joan Jett. Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame plays Jett, with Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie and Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon as the band's "Svengali" Kim Fowley.

In the scene -- scheduled to be shot in early July -- The Ramones are playing at Rodney Bingenheimer's notorious English Disco nightclub in Los Angeles circa 1975. Living Things have already recorded a cover of "We're A Happy Family" for the scene.

In addition to having a useful resemblance in attitude to the punk progenitors, the band has a direct line into the production - singer Lillian Berlin is the husband of the film's writer and director Floria Sigismondi.

"I love Joey Ramone," said Berlin. "He is like the Elvis of punk. It's a mystical, exotic vacation to step into his shoes for a moment."

Living Things will continue touring throughout 2009 and will play a high-profile slot at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on August 8th in support of their latest album "Habeas Corpus" which was released earlier this year and has garnered substantial critical acclaim. The band also dropped an iTunes exclusive EP on June 16th based around their latest single "Oxygen" which is currently impacting at Alternative radio.

The Runaways is set to hit theaters in 2010.