DENNIS AND LOIS is a love story about punk rock’s most dedicated couple and their 40-year devotion to the music and the musicians they love. These two road warriors live for the communal and unpredictable experience of a live concert, and the excitement it brings them in the good times and the bad.
Their journey began in the mid-70’s at a gritty little club in New York City called CBGB’s where Dennis and Lois befriended an up-and-coming band, the Ramones. They quickly became part of the Ramones inner circle, selling merchandise and assisting the future punk legends on tours around the world. This experience would change their lives forever.
Through the years, Dennis and Lois continue to build friendships and sell merchandise for the bands they admire. Happy Mondays immortalized them in song and SPIN Magazine published a comic strip celebrating their ‘War Stories from the Road’. Dennis and Lois are considered by many to be rock-n-roll Icons, but as age and illness start to threaten their lifelong tour, they need to rely on the friends they’ve collected along the way and the music that energizes them to keep it going.
Anyone who was a fan of alternative music in the early 90’s, especially the sound coming out of Manchester, England at the time, has likely heard the names ‘Dennis and Lois’. They were the title of a song on a nearly perfect album by Happy Mondays called Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches. I was a huge Happy Mondays fan back then (and still am) and I often wondered, who are Dennis and Lois? What’s their story? Are they real people?
Fast forward 20 years – a Mekons show in NYC- where a musician friend of mine introduced me to an older couple that was selling merch. Their names, Dennis and Lois! I thought to myself, can it be? As I greeted them I asked “are you the Dennis and Lois??” They both laughed, shook my hand and said “Yup, that’s us.”
Meeting Dennis and Lois that night was really special to me. Within the first few minutes of speaking with them I found out, not only did the Happy Mondays write that song about them, but also that their first date was at CBGB’s, they got their start selling merch for the Ramones, and that SPIN magazine published a comic strip featuring them celebrating their ‘War Stories’ from the road. I was instantly hooked.
I left that night thinking, wow, these guys have seen it all and wouldn’t it be great to turn their stories into a film.