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Oz

The Wizard of Oz (1939) was always ripe for a rock remake. In 1978 the all-black The Wiz flopped into cinemas, and iffy tweeness sadly triumphed over some rather grand production design and about two decent songs. Before that, this Australian road trip told the tale of a lost groupie catapulted into a fantasy Australia in search of Bowie-esque singer The Wizard, aided by a surfie, a mechanic and a biker (in place of the scarecrow, tin man and lion respectively). With music provided by Jo-Jo Zepp and the Falcons, and Ross ‘Sons of the Vegetal Mother’ Wilson, this was the campest thing to come out of the outback until Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.

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