of Our Dens:
The Richard & the Young Lions Story
a Lantern-Media Production
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Trials & Tribulations of Rock & Roll
Bands, September 4, 2004
Reviewer: David Kapulsky "Dave the Rave" (No
Static Attic, NJ USA)
That pulsating, gyrating infectious 45 of Richard and the
Young Lions "Open up your door" that
I bought as a kid in the summer of 1966, and that had HIT
written all over the Philips record label, now has a DVD
story behind the song and the band?
Okay, well learning something, anything, about this band
from my home state, that recorded one of my all time
favorite records that shoulda been a #1
national hit, was enough incentive for me to have to get the Richard & the
Young Lions documentary.
I wondered though, why would there be a documentary on a group that never
had a top 40 national hit? Who would even care?
Well truth be told that the documentary not only told
the story of Richard and the Young Lions, their incredible
45's, and why Richard & the Young Lions
got robbed out of a top 10 hit, but the story should also be mandatory viewing
for all aspiring bands.
The story of Richard & the Young Lions is probably the
story of so many groups that never realized their commercial
appeal due to label mismanagement, or
simply poor management.
" Out of Our Dens" has done a fantastic job of researching and gathering photos,
surveys, posters, along with presenting interviews of current and former band
The story is factual but yet funny. You can laugh, and
you can cry. When it's all over, you will know so much
more about those cool 45's released
by Richard and the Young Lions. You will know what it's like to be in a rock & roll
Dave Rave-XM Radio
story, well told, August 25, 2004
Reviewer: Steve Elliott "alapoet" (Seattle,
I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary.
It is a powerful story, well told. The point -- that this
music that RYL made together was strong enough, even after
30 years(!) to pull them back together and to get the ailing
Richard Tepp out of bed in the morning, to keep him going
and to make him willing to drive long distances just to play
-- is very evident.
Director James Hannon's own love for the music and respect for RYL is also
palpable in the way the story is told.
I love all the interviews; Hannon seems particularly adept at pulling
vivid memories and sparkling stories from his subjects. Lenny Kaye,
is so ON when interviewed for "Out Of Our Dens"! Kaye's insightful comments
lend the movie a degree of oomph, clout and credibility.
Richard Tepp's untimely death just after completion of this film adds poignancy
to the scenes of the reunited band joyfully resuming their 30-year-interrupted
For a real story of underdogs who get bad breaks left and right but
simply refuse to give up, you just can't beat "Out Of Our Dens." An
impressive directorial debut for James Hannon!
Lionize It!!!!!, August 25, 2004
Reviewer: Heather Guglielmo (Portland,
is Richard and the Young Lions? That's the first thing that
popped into my head. I've always
been a sucker for movies like "Almost Famous" and such, so,
I figured, what the heck.
After watching it I realized that I've heard the "Open Up Your Door" song
before at the "Life Is Good Pumpkin Fest" in Portland, ME up where I go to
college. I'm sure it wasn't the same guys but that song really gets stuck
in your head.
The documentary was awesome, what can I say. I really liked when they talked
about Cobo Hall when they were playing and they were one of the top bands--just
the Temptations were playing after them. It's the kind of moment you always
dream about being in, especially if you're one of those people that has sung
in the shower or played the air-guitar. I also like when Louie talks about
what got thrown at him...he mentions panties and just the way he says it
makes you laugh.
The story gives you hope, even though I found out that Richard has passed
away, they're still making it happen. If nothing else it shows how strong
the bond of friendship is, as well as, and most importantly: you should have
Lion Hearted, August 24, 2004
Reviewer: Brent Hopkins "Garage Door Opener" (New
you were fortunate enough, as I was, to see Richard & the Young Lions perform before Richard
(Howard) Tepp passed away this past June, then you know what
a powerful rock & roll show these guys could put on. Few
bands I've seen--and I've seen a lot--could conjure up as
much enthusiasm and sheer joy in an audience as RYL. If you
haven't had the opportunity to see them play live, but you've
heard them on the Nuggets Box Set or are a fan of "authentic" rock & roll,
then I urge you to pick up this DVD. You'll get a sense of
what they sounded like live, although it doesn't compare
to actually being there, and you'll be told an interesting
story as well.
At the risk of sounding too sentimental -- these guys have heart, and it
comes through in the music.
Filmmaker Documents Richard & The
Young Lions, August 24, 2004
Reviewer: Jimmy Diamonde
documentary is about a New Jersey band, Richard & The Young
Lions. Heard of them? They had a huge hit in 1967 called
Open Up Your Door, and it's featured
on the Nuggets CD box set.
The DVD includes interviews with Steve Van Zandt and Lenny
Kaye, producer of the Nuggets collection--and you _must_
see the "interrupted" interview
with Little Steven that's included as an extra on the DVD!
It is quite bittersweet that Howard "Richard" Tepp passed away on June
17, 2004, just before the release of the movie. He's in it, too, along
of the other members of the band.
There are seven remaining members of the band and they have a new CD coming
out. These guys are real MUSICIANS. They had some misfortunes in the music
business, got on with their lives, then came back 35 years later to play
again in front of audiences--and they have a loyal following.
This is the main appeal of the film: Rock'n'Roll never dies!
I did a search and came up with the band's official site: