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Fame, fortune and fornication drove the British rock band in the '70s until a divine end. 20 years later, Strange Fruit reunites and goes on a tour with ups and downs on the continent.
Some events in the band's history were inspired by actual events involving real-life bands: Brian Lovell's (Bruce Robinson's) absence from the band resembled Syd Barrett's departure from Pink Floyd due to a drug-induced nervous breakdown; David "Beano" Baggot's (Timothy Spall's) tardiness for a gig echoes that of Keith Moon, the notoriously erratic drummer for The Who. The character of Ray Simms (Bill Nighy) appears to have been inspired in some part by David Lee Roth, famed front-man for Van Halen. Other bands, such as Deep Purple, have undergone line-up changes with various degrees of infighting and success.
Chrissake. This was about us. This was our second shot, and it was working. Anybody who was at Antwerp saw it. We were fucking brilliant; we were better than we ever were. We were a great band. You stupid bastards, why couldn't you bury the past ...
After the disastrous Dutch concert where Ray goes missing, the rest of the group drinks a beer at the bar. Hughie is drinking Grolsch, while the rest appears to be drinking Brouwers Bier. The latter is an "economy" supermarket label, and extremely unlikely to be served in normal Dutch establishments.
At the end of the credits, voices are heard of members of Strange Fruit playing the Bands-with-body-parts-in-their-name game.
$102,971 24 January 1999