superfan documentary ‘Dennis & Lois’ now on streaming services
Dennis and Lois, the 2018 documentary about NYC rock and roll superfans Dennis Anderson and Lois Kahlert, has played at festivals and at a few limited engagement screenings around the world, but now everyone can check it out as it's just streaming services for rental. Featuring interviews with members of New Order, Happy Mondays, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Charlatans, Badly Drawn Boy, A Place to Bury Strangers, Doves, and more, it's a wonderful story of love, fandom, and rock n’ roll. You can rent it via Amazon and iTunes.
Here's a bit of our review:
Dennis Anderson and Lois Kahlert met at a Fats Domino show, went on their first “real” date to see Television and Talking Heads at CBGBs, and it’s been a rock n’ roll love story ever since. They are legendary superfans, having made friends with the Ramones and sold merch for them on tour in the early days (they gave up their “RAMONES” NY State license plate because it kept getting stolen; they now have “MEKONS”). Happy Mondays wrote a song about them on their 1991 album Pills N’ Thrills N’ Bellyaches and, at 70, they are still at it. If you’ve been a regular concert-goer in NYC at any point in the last 40 years, especially if it’s to see UK bands, you have probably seen Dennis & Lois at a show. I last saw them at The Charlatans show at Elsewhere in Brooklyn.
Dennis & Lois is packed with amazing stories, such as when they were on tour in the UK selling merch for the Ramones in the early ’80s and, at the Manchester show, took a very young boy backstage to meet the band. That boy grew up to be Jimi Goodwin of Doves. Or the time Happy Mondays asked them to score some weed for them — the band were recording in L.A. and Dennis and Lois FedExed it to them from NYC. (That’s how they got a song named after them.) Or the time they flew to Manchester to see Oasis, barely made it to the show, then immediately caught the red-eye back to New York so they could make it to work the next day.
You can watch the trailer, as well as a new clip from the documentary where former New Order bassist Peter Hook talks about how Dennis and Lois helped the group's early visits to NYC, below.