“The script was written based on the high school scene in coastal North County San Diego,” says Fabulous Rudies singer Tom Voris, music director for the upcoming film Punk Rock High School. “It’s based on reality and completely different from, say, Disney’s High School Musical.”
Though filming just started, the movie already has a CD soundtrack.
“Most of the bands are connected with the Rock Band Music Club at El Camino High,” says Voris, who teaches economics and history at the Oceanside school. Current and former students on the soundtrack include Midnight Rose, Without Warning, Durty White Chucks, Inberst, Rootsicali, One Way Flight, Irieside, and Tan Sister Radio.
The CD graphics were designed by El Camino senior Michael Rafalik, with mastering by A-list producer Stephen Marsh (Black Eyed Peas, Incubus, Neil Diamond). Voris’s 14-year-old daughter sings on one track.
A concert fundraiser for the film was scheduled for a senior center in Carlsbad. However, “On the day of the event, the center received dozens of phone calls from angry parents wanting to know more about the party. The center then canceled the event, so [we] moved the location to Oceanside, next to the New Song Church.... We thought no one would show.
“Amazingly, it sold out to 300 people, with another 200 in the parking lot and cars bumper to bumper on Mission Avenue. The police had to stop the show and do traffic control to get everyone out of the area.”
As for the Fabulous Rudies, the ska band has splintered since playing the 2007 Vans Warped Tour, with Voris recruiting various student rockers to help carry on the Rudies name.