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Hard Core Logo is a 1996 Canadian mockumentary directed by Bruce McDonald, based on a Canadian experimental novel written by Michael Turner in 1993. Both works center around the reunion tour of the titular massively dysfunctional Canadian punk band, and the interactions between the band members, but the movie changes and expands on the novel in various ways, adds some additional characters (particularly "Bruce McDonald," the director of the documentary) and character traits (such as John's schizophrenia), alters the ending, and has a bigger fandom.

HCL gained additional popularity when it was discovered by fans of Due South, since lead guitarist Billy Tallent (later the namesake for the popular Canadian band Billy Talent) was an early role for Callum Keith Rennie, the actor who played Ray Kowalski.


Hard Core Logo contains examples of:

  • Canada, Eh?: mostly avoids the usual stereotypes, as the main characters are from the West Coast and not particularly polite, but this gets invoked during the "Canadian Punk Band Name" game on the road trip.
  • Licking the Blade: Billy, during the acid trip sequence. This scene is popular with the fangirls.
  • Manchild: Pipefitter, the happy-go-lucky drummer who likes sandwiches and can't even remember his real name at this point.
    • The band as a whole qualifies to an extent, particularly Joe who dresses and acts more like a snarky teenager than an adult. In one of his lucid moments, John points out the inherently ridiculous nature of grown men with punk names like Joe Dick and Billy Talent and wondering how much longer they're going to hang on to names they came up with when they were sixteen. The film gets quite a bit of dramatic mileage out of Joe's refusal to act like an adult.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: a Western example. Joe's the passionate, outgoing, and impulsive one, while Billy is more calculating, ambitious, and quietly charming.
  • Sanity Slippage: John after he loses his meds.
  • Sell-Out: Billy is seen as one by Joe for having a successful career outside of the band.
  • Signature Style: road trips and rock music are recurring elements in Bruce McDonald's work.
  • Talkative Loon: after he loses his meds, John eventually progresses to this point.
  • Tragedy: Joe Dick's character arc is a variation. When his bad decisions all start closing in on him, the results are not pretty.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Joe and Billy, although they're older and even more screwed up than usual for the trope.


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