Kenny’s struggles to hold this group together are woven through Feelin’ No Pain. As his brother Ronny says in an interview, at 50 years old Kenny had a bodily attack of needing to sing again and The Planotones is the result. This is Kenny’s effort to honor the oldies Doo Wop music that he loves and to bring it to audiences who still go crazy for this music. In the beginning The Planotones are his hand-picked choice of aging singers from Brooklyn who are from that era and they have a soulfulness that brings this music to life. They sing it the way it was meant to be sung.
Woven through the film are songs from a live concert The Planotones recorded for an album at New York’s Bitter End. These are quintessential performances from the original days of The Planotones.
Shot over 5 years, Feelin’ No Pain follows Kenny’s struggle
to hold the band together. He finds that the economics of making ends
meet for an oldies band and the grind of the road are hard masters and
holding his singers together is a real struggle. But Kenny’s dream
fuels him. The Planotones personnel changes as the film goes on but, with
Kenny’s vision and artistic purity, the sound of Doo Wop continues
to be heard.
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