Studio managers Paula Salvatore and Shivaun O’Brian, producers and recording engineers and others recall launching Springfield’s career by convincing him to let Pat Benatar’s guitarist-husband do the guitar tracks on “Jesse’s Girl,” creating a blockbuster hit. Not that Springfield’s bull-terrier dog (in the studio when Neil Giraldo played) approved.
“Sound City” encapsulates the digital recording revolution that did in most sound studios, and the last third of the film — with artists such as McCartney, Springfield and Fear frontman Lee Ving recording new songs on the old console — drags and makes the movie lose its way.
But it’s still a passion project, in all the best ways — a jaunty, juicy ramble through music history from Johnny Cash to Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
MPAA rating: Unrated, with profanity, innuendo