We might have just found another show to deliver our alternate clothing costuming fix. With Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, Game of Thrones consistently delivering and Zombie’s littering the AMC landscape, the interesting costuming choices in our T.V. show series watching isn’t lacking. But Denis Leary’s new FX half hour Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll as much offers a bracing taste (and ear full) of the realities of the music business as it does a great variety of cool clothing.
Jerina San Juan is in charge of costume designs here and she has her work cut out for her. First of all, there are plenty of flash backs (even in the opening credit sequence of Leary’s character Johnny and his band The Heathens performing…in all their 80’s onstage regalia.) Then there is the task of dressing those wanting to still be stars presently (like Leary’s character and his wife/backing singer “Ava” played by Elaine Hendrix), John Corbett’s “Flash” dressing cool to his age, (he’s still rockin’ and popular as the guitarist for Lady Gaga) and having to outfit the true babe of the band (and youngest member) Elizabeth Gillies’ “Gigi” Johnny’s daughter who is seen more often in cleavage baring cool tops.
Can a half hour occasionally dramatic but usually broad comedy about rock and roll survive in this day and age of Ray Donovan, Louie and Ballers? Are the Leary co-written songs here strong enough to be believed? Will we get to see more rock stars then just Joan Jett (she pops in at episode 3) Dave Grohl and The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli (Leary claims he’s really only friends with these three rock stars, but said he’d love to have more cameos if the show lasts.)
For now we have Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and some very hip styles of leather, denim, spandex and dare we hope, some latex, coming in our future.