“Heavy metal rules! All that punk shit sucks. It belongs on fuckin' Mars, man!” Every time I watch this hilarious underground classic billed as “the wildest rock ‘n’ roll documentary of all time,” I think of the quote by “Mick Shrimpton” (Ric Parnell) in This Is Spinal Tap (1984): “As long as there’s, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock and roll.” Filmed by Jeff Krulik and John Heyn at the Capital Centre parking lot in Landover, Maryland, before a 1986 Judas Priest concert (with special guests Dokken), Heavy Metal Parking Lot is a 17-minute documentary short featuring "interviews" with a bunch of drunk and/or stoned metalheads. My favorite character is this totally trashed dude who looks like Steve Perry, sings a rough version of “Living After Midnight” and spouts such inanities as “Priest is bad, man, Priest is No. 1 in heavy metal, man, and who comes next … Iron Maiden, man.” The frequently bootlegged documentary was eventually released on DVD in 2006 with 2 hours of bonus footage (including a 1999 interview with “Zebra-Man,” the stoner responsible for the opening quote!) in celebration of its twentieth anniversary. The “Cap Centre” itself was demolished in 2002.
Useless Trivia: The bootleg VHS version of Heavy Metal Parking Lot was reportedly a big favorite on the Nirvana tour bus.