|photography: Bruce Fleming|
The book was originally issued in 1964 and the story is from a novel by Dave Wallis, about an imaginary takeover of England by violent and rebellious teenagers once all the adults have been killed, The Seely Street Gang, made up of a number of types of young Brits, including one Mod, struggle to survive the devastation. In the beginning they go wild, orgies of sex, wanton destruction, surging fighting with other gangs, then they face assorted hardships, widespread power outages, a new form of plague, bands of wild dogs and an unexpected pregnancy. It never materialized. Only Lovers Left Alive was forever consigned to "best films never made" lists. When you consider Stones tracks from 1966 that may have found themselves on the ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ soundtrack if they’d ever got that far, the film would have had a great soundtrack. ‘Mothers Little Helper' and 'It's Not Easy' would fit into any number of scenes. In fact, the album Aftermath was to have been the soundtrack for the never filmed feature Back, Behind And In Front. Filming was about to start in April 1966, and though Oldham had a basic plot for the film, nothing ever happened.
Another "lost film"in this list is Maxigasm, a Carlo Ponti film scheduled, but never shot, with the Rolling Stones in North Africa, late 1968.