Lust Combo (1970)

Some movies recommend themselves for their title, some for their artwork, some for their cast. And some because it is impossible to resist a film that proclaims itself to be “an expose of the record business… filmed on actual locations in and around Memphis and Nashville.”
     Jenny Gets On Top is such a movie. indeed, it might well be the only one that fits that particular criteria, but boy, does it do it well. Directed by Carl R Carter, maestro behind such b-movie delights as Trucker’s Girl and Barbie’s Hospital Affair (forget the film, you can get off on the titles!), Jenny gets On Top would appear to be another in that short run of end-of-innocence era flicks that played on the general public’s fascination with groupies. But Groupie did that gig so well that anything else in the genre just got overlooked. Including the lovely Jenny.
     The whole affair, for what it’s worth, appears basic. Look it up on IMDB and it appears that the lovely Jenny was originally known by the distinctly less alluring name of Lust Combo – which sounds like something you’d buy from Gangstermart, looking rudely out-of-place on the Value Pack aisle. IMDB certainly shrugs it off very brusquely; “A three piece rock band called “The Three Easy Pieces” drives into Tennessee to play a gig. After the show, they meet up with three women and pair off for three one-nighters. In the morning, the band leaves.”
     In between times, though, the charms of Cheri Parks, Linda LaLane and Renee Dupree (Eileen, Cindy and the oddly named Chlorine), none of whom seem to have made any other movies whatsoever, are on ample display in a film whose nudity quotient was certainly justified as much by the fact that such sights were now legal, as any demands of the plot and script, while the talents of the Three Easy Pieces don’t appear to have set the world afire either.
     But do not let all that put you off. The band are as studalicious as a any movie rocker circa 1969 could be, and don’t they know it! Motoring to their roadhouse gig, all three band members… Vince, Jim, and Mike… daydream of the dream girls who might be awaiting them after the show, and why not? They’re young, they’re hot, they’re on the way to the top… and life doesn’t get much better than this. So they scoop up the two horny housewives who took in the show while their hubbies were away, add a sexy Creole cutie to the menu for the night, and then it’s back to their oddly luxurious hotel room for the heart of the movie. A game of spin the bottle, of course!
     Seventies softcore is often scorned for really not delivering that much of anything. But there are moments when both cast and camera seem to have forgotten the rules of the road, especially once Vince and the blonde vixen Eileen start picking up steam. Something Weird video, which seems to be the sole repository of the magnificent Lust Combo, also makes a virtue of saucy Cindy’s tits… “a joy to behold” is the precise term they use. In fact, the only question that really demands to be answered is… who the fuck is Jenny?
     Good question.
     Because this is where it gets interesting. It seems that IMDB – and, therefore, every other website that purports to know what it’s talking about, but actually takes its info from that same single source – got it wrong! Big surprise? Maybe. Either way, the real Jenny Gets On Top is even more obscure than Lust Combo, was made a couple of years later, has a completely different cast and plot….
     And it has nothing at all to do with Lust Combo. NOTHING!!!!!
     In this movie, Jenny is indeed the name of the movie’s star, a blonde country beauty named Jenny Palmer, who strums her guitar, sings her songs, and has no compunction whatsoever about fucking her way, of course, to the top. Oh, and I saw it mentioned on an internet thread discussing the erotic fascination of armpit hair… apparently there is a very arousing glimpse somewhere within. And that is all I’ve been able to discover about a movie which might be truly appalling… or it might be a lost classic begging for rediscovery.
     Either way, I want it!
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