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Perhaps Bingenheimer got his reputation as a result of his admiration (and assistance) of female rockers over the years, or maybe it's the fact that he used to hang out with Brooke Shields in the '80s, but however the rumors got started, he insists he just doesn't get it. "Where are they?" he asks. "I can't figure it out. I usually go out alone.
"That's why I'm doing this movie," he says, referring to the documentary about his life currently in production and booked for premiere at Sundance in the year 2000. "People will be shocked to hear about how quiet and innocent I really am. I never did drugs, I never drank, never smoked."
But Bingenheimer did see it all, and was always around to help out his inebriated pals. "I was the one driving people home," he says. "But I'm not a tattletale - that's why I've been turned down so many times to write a book."
Even so, the film, to be titled Mayor of the Sunset Strip (Bingenheimer's nickname during his glam heyday), should be a fascinating slice of pop history. The brainchild of Chris Carter (Dramarama bassist and Y-107 DJ), it was directed by George Hickenlooper (Some Folks Call It a Slingblade, Hearts of Darkness - The Making of Apocalypse Now) and features a Who's Who of Rodney friends and fans: Bowie, Shields, Cher, Alice Cooper, Brian Wilson, X, Gwen Stefani, Shirley Manson and Kato Kaelin, to name just a few.
And while Mayor will show Rodney's English Disco for the decadent, groundbreaking Studio 54 precursor it was, another new movie, Velvet Goldmine, has everyone talking about the resurgence of the music that ignited his '70s club. "I tried to contact the producers of that film to see if I could assist them, but they never called back," he says.
Bingenheimer thinks the renewed interest is long overdue. "I like this glam revival better than the '80s metal-glam scene. Back then, you'd go into Denny's and instead of smelling eggs, you'd smell hair spray."
Which brings us to Mr. Bingenheimer's daily and nightly ritual of eating the same thing at the same restaurants every day. "I'm a restaurant whore," he declares. "I've been doing this for years, and I'll keep on doing it - unless I find the right girl to stay home and make me dinner."
Rodney Bingenheimer guest-deejays at Flash, a new glam-rock club at Tempest, 7323 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood, Tuesday, November 10. Info: (323) 769-5500.