Quint Fontana: I Remember Me
Washed up 80s pop star character energetic and fun, despite lack of originality
This article is from 2014.
Quint Fontana is a washed up 80s pop star who wants to take you on a trip down memory lane. The scene is set with an audio collage of radio reports charting his rise to stardom and his inevitable fall from grace and descent into drugs and alcoholism before the man himself leaps onto the stage.
Fontana is every inch the pastiche, complete with white trousers, chest on show and luxurious hair. He starts with some audience banter before using various props from a suitcase to start stories each of which which ultimately lead to him performing one of his previous 'hits'.
If all of this sounds familiar that's because unfortunately it is, with even the most obvious reference points being 20 years old in Steve Coogan's Tony Ferrino and Rowland Rivron's Raw Sex (particularly because Fontana also has a nerdy keyboard player as straight man) but without the sleazy charm and inventive lyrics of the former and the chaotic appeal of the latter.
What it might lacks in originality, it makes up for in energy and many of the audience are buoyed along by this, but ultimately, like the character himself, what might have seemed good in the 80s feels more than a little tired and derivative now.
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