St. Louis garage rockers Living Things are about to appear as one of their hero bands, the Ramones in the now-filming The Runaways, the biopic about the groundbreaking 70â€™s 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 bandâ€™s â€œSvengaliâ€ Kim Fowley.
In the scene, which is shooting this month, the Ramones are playing at Rodney Bingenheimerâ€™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 â€“ singer Lillian Berlin is the husband of the filmâ€™s writer and director Floria Sigismondi.
â€œI love Joey Ramone,â€ said Berlin. â€œHe is like the Elvis of punk. It’s a mystical, exotic vacation to step into his shoes for a moment.â€
Living Things are currently on the road 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 â€œOxygenâ€ which is currently impacting at Alternative radio.
The Runaways will hit theaters in 2010.