Saturday, December 12, 2009

KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (European Theatrical Cut Unauthorized OST)

Hello. On October 28, 1978, my 4 year old mind was shattered when I watched the NBC-TV premiere broadcast airing of the film mentioned in the following post. I lived to tell the tale. Here's my story.....

I've recently went on a KISS binge, due mainly to my reaction to the recent wave of merchandising that swept through the Wal-Mart chain promoting the release of the band's ('s really just Gene and Paul with two new guys they've plastered Ace and Peter's makeup on) latest album offering, the Wallyworld exclusive "Sonic Boom" (which sucks ass, IMO). And even though I detest the new music, it has afforded me the opportunity to score all three season box sets of Gene Simmons' reality show for 9 bucks a pop, and picked up some otherwise pricier DVD and CD releases for cheap....I'm speaking mainly of the KISSology Volme II: 1978-1991 DVD set, which I recently discovered has a nice little surprise that several cult and b-movie fans are not aware contains the European theatrical cut of KISS Meets the Phantom of the ParK (them crazy Euros call it "KISS: Attack of the Phantoms"). That...and the KISS M&M candies...I'm a sucker for candy.

So, by "binge" I mean going back and reacquainting myself with the music (I'm a fan of the original line-up, make-up era 1974-1979), reaffirming some opinions I've always held about the band. As a child, I was a Peter Criss fan, and in hindsight, seeing as how I was really too young to really dissect and formulate opinions about the music.... I was 5 when the original line-up was pretty much kaput in '79, though I did have a mother, uncle, and aunt who were HUGE fans, it was all about his stage "persona" and the cat make-up. I'm a cat life-long fascination with anthropomorphic cats such as Felix, Heathcliff, and such is a testament to that. As a teen and young adult, I became a member of the Ace Frehley cult,...being a guitar enthusiast did that. Frehley truly is a genuis on the strings, plus....he's somewhat of a space-case (pun intended), a genuinely funny guy and all around eccentric. Hence the reason why his cover of "New York Groove" is presently playing on the blog's embedded jukebox...scroll down to the bottom of the page to activate it if you already haven't.

Now....the thing I love about Phantom is....all four original members detest the film, each individually on a different level. Some say this is what caused the recall on the 2005 DVD release of the NBC TV-Movie of the Week cut by Cheezy Flix (you'll be familiar with that manufacturer if you own their Billy the Kid versus Dracula disc, with the excellent Joe Bob Briggs commentary). Though, I have heard that Simmons would've liked to see it released, citing that it'd be a great midnight movie thing...though I'm thinking that's Gene "Let's slap a KISS logo on it and it's like having a license to print money" Simmons, marketing guru, speaking, and not the musician that was filling a seat on the tour bus. Oh, and then there's Ace, who wants it released because, quote: "It's the funniest shit I've ever seen." Unquote.

Man....I love Ace. I truly do. My favorite KISS album? Probably "Love Gun", mainly because of the tunes "Christine Sixteen" and Frehley's "Shock Me". There's a reason why Ace's solo album was the best selling of the four, because he an amazing musician....and he's slightly bugnuts crazy, God bless his little heart.

One thing I find surprising is that a soundtrack album for this flick has never been released (I mean...c'mon....Simmons has capitalized on every other available means to market KISS), and I kinda figured out why: one complaint that fans have about the NBC TV cut is that for a film showcasing musicians, little if any of their music is contained. Well, when one watches the European theatrical cut of the comes to discover that in place of all the Hanna- Barbera incidental library music...there's actual KISS tunes.'s in widescreen.

Peter Criss (who was reportedly ego filled during the production, as well as as a skunk) is still over-dubbed over by Zan the Wonder Twin from The Super Friends, though (aka voice actor Michael Bell).

From Wikipedia:

Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (also known as KISS in the Attack of the Phantoms) is a 1978 television movie, starring American hard rock band Kiss. The movie's plot revolves around Kiss, who must use their superpowers to battle an evil inventor (Abner Devereaux, played by Anthony Zerbe) and to save a California amusement park from destruction.

The movie was aired by NBC at the height of Kiss's popularity in the United States. While it was one of the highest-rated TV movies of the year, its poor acting and semi-comedic script causes it to be regarded poorly even by most Kiss fans. Despite this or, perhaps, because of this, it has attained cult film status.

The film opens at Magic Mountain, where Melissa (Deborah Ryan) and her boyfriend Sam (Terry Lester) are enjoying a day at the amusement park. Sam, a park employee, disappears early in the film while investigating the laboratory of Abner Devereaux, who is the park's head engineer and the creator of a series of lifelike cybernetic creatures on display throughout the park. It is subsequently revealed that Sam has been transformed by Devereaux into a mindless cyborg through the use of a tiny mind-control device attached to Sam's neck.

Devereaux's increasingly erratic behavior is a cause of concern for Calvin Richards (Carmine Caridi), the owner of the amusement park. Faced with a budget crunch, Richards decides to channel money away from Devereaux's projects in order to pay for a Kiss concert. Richards explains to Devereaux that the concert will generate much-needed revenue, but Devereaux is livid. Later, three punks (dressed like members of a biker gang) sabotage one of the rides, placing a group of riders in danger. Richards blames Devereaux for the incident and fires him. Devereaux swears revenge upon Richards, the park, and Kiss, all of whom he blames for his misfortune.

When Kiss arrives for their show, Devereaux first attempts to discredit them by unleashing a robotic Gene Simmons, which proceeds to damage buildings in the park and to injure a security guard. The next day, Kiss is questioned by Richards and some security guards, but no action is taken. His first plan having failed, Devereaux attempts to sabotage the scheduled Kiss concert. He manages to neutralize Kiss's abilities and imprison them in his underground laboratory. Finally, he sends the fake Kiss onstage, where they perform a version of "Hotter than Hell" (called "Rip and Destroy") with altered lyrics meant to incite the crowd to riot. The real Kiss manage to escape from Devereaux and fly to the stage for a final battle with their robotic doppelgängers. After the real Kiss dispatches the fake version, the concert continues and the crisis is averted.

After the show, Kiss, Melissa, and Richards converge on Devereaux's lab and attempt to convince Devereaux to release Sam from his control. But when his chair is spun around Devereaux, has newly white hair and a frozen expression on his face. It is unknown if Devereaux is now dead, or has slipped into a state of catatonia. The group is despondent, but Stanley stumbles upon the mind control device on Sam's neck and removes it. Sam returns to normal, and with no memory of what had happened.

Kiss's commercial popularity was at its peak by 1978. The group's gross income in 1977 totalled $10.2 million. Creative manager Bill Aucoin felt, however, that the cycle of album releases and touring had taken Kiss as far as they could go, and that it was time to elevate the group's image to the next level. He formulated a plan to cast Kiss as superheroes, a process that began with the 1977 release of a Kiss comic book. The band agreed, and plans were developed for a Kiss movie.

To reinforce the idea of Kiss as superheroes, each member of the group was given superpowers in keeping with the theme of their characters—Gene Simmons (the Demon) could breathe fire and had super strength; Paul Stanley (the Starchild) emitted a beam from his eye that could control minds and allow him to hear "distant" conversations; Ace Frehley (Space Ace) could teleport himself and the group and shoot laser beams from his hands; Peter Criss (the Catman) had super agility, and could leap great distances.

Filming for Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park began in May 1978, and it was produced by Hanna-Barbera, known primarily for cartoons such as Scooby-Doo and Yogi Bear (in the late '60s, they filmed and produced the live action series The Banana Splits). Most of the movie was filmed at Magic Mountain in California, with additional filming taking place in the Hollywood Hills. Much of the production was rushed, and the script underwent numerous rewrites. All four members of Kiss were given crash courses on acting.

Prior to completing the script, screenwriters Jan Michael Sherman and Don Buday spent time with each Kiss member, in an effort to get a feel for how they each acted and spoke. Frehley, known for his eccentric behavior, said little to the pair but "Ack!" As a result, Frehley was not originally given any lines, except to interject "Ack!" at various points. In the first draft of the script, Frehley was described as "monosyllabic and super-friendly. Communicating largely through gestures and sounds, Ace might be best described as an other-galactic Harpo Marx." Upon learning of his lack of dialogue, Frehley threatened to leave the project — soon after, lines were written for him.

The band, none of whom had any prior acting experience, had difficulty adjusting to the demands of filming. Frehley and Criss, in particular, became increasingly frustrated with the long periods of downtime normally associated with movie-making. They were both also dealing with increasing levels of substance abuse.

Criss's dialogue in the film had to be over-dubbed by well-known voice actor Michael Bell (who had worked with producer Joseph Barbera on a number of past projects), as he refused to participate in post-production. The only time Criss's actual voice is heard in the movie is during an acoustic performance of "Beth." (Criss denies this story, stating that he "went to all the looping.")

On May 27, the last day of filming, Criss and tour manager Fritz Postlethwaite were involved in a serious car accident. Postlethwaite suffered burns but soon returned to work for Kiss. Criss's injuries were minor.

On a few occasions, Frehley left the set during filming due to arguments with the film's director. In one scene that Frehley abandoned, his African American stunt double can be clearly seen instead.

The concert depicted in the film was recorded in the parking lot of Magic Mountain on May 19, 1978, in front of a crowd of 8,000 people. Tickets for the concert were given out by local radio station KMET. The group performed a full concert, which was followed by lip-synched performances of some songs. "Rip and Destroy," an altered version of "Hotter than Hell" that was featured in the movie, was not performed during the concert.

All four members of KISS despise the movie and smear it even to this day.

Much of this was inspired by the comic book spin-off that starred the characters of the band.

Prior to the movie's airing, a private screening was held for Kiss, as well as their management and friends. Despite the positive reactions from all in attendance, Kiss hated the movie for the buffoonish way it made them appear. For years after its airing, no one who worked for the group was permitted to mention the movie in their presence. Despite the band's displeasure with the results, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park was one of the highest-rated TV movies of 1978

In 1979, Avco-Embassy released Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park in cinemas outside the United States, with translations of the title Attack of the Phantoms. In some countries — Italy, in particular — the film was simply titled Kiss Phantoms. The theatrical release featured a vastly different version of the film, with several scenes that did not appear in the original television airing added to the cut.

The overseas film's overall soundtrack also differed from the original — much of the Hanna-Barbera fight music was replaced by music from the band's own catalog, primarily from their four solo albums. In some edits, the promotional videos for "I Was Made For Lovin' You" and "Sure Know Something" were also edited into the film.

In recent years, Kiss's public statements concerning the movie have been a mixture of bemusement and disgust. On VH1's When Kiss Ruled the World program, Gene Simmons stated that, "It's a classic movie...classic movie if you're on drugs," while Ace Frehley pejoratively said that "It's the funniest shit I've ever seen." In an early-1990s Sterling-McFadden magazine interview, Simmons compared the film to the infamous B-movie classic Plan 9 from Outer Space, joking that the two movies would make a perfect drive-in double feature.

In the years since its initial airing, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park has achieved cult status, mainly among Kiss fans. It is currently available on DVD as part of Kissology Volume Two: 1978-1991, a collection of concerts and television appearances. (However, this is the re-edited European version, which contains hardly any of Ace Frehley's lines.) Previously, availability was limited to two brief VHS releases in the 1980s and a laserdisc release in 1991. In 2005, distributor Cheezy Flicks attempted to release the original TV movie version of the film on DVD, but due to legal issues, the disc was quickly pulled.

The movie was parodied in the episode of Family Guy named A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas, which featured guest voices from the band. In the episode, clips of a movie called "KISS Saves Santa", which has a similar, semi-comedic script and features Gene Simmons breathing fire, as well as the band neutralizing a group of pterodactyls with the power of their guitars.

The movie was also parodied in the 1991 comedy sequel Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, in which characters Bill and Ted battle with rock and roll doppelgangers who have stolen their identities through a death/time travel incident. They then pay tongue-in-cheek tribute KISS by playing the KISS' "God Gave Rock & Roll to You II" at the end of the film.

In the promo commercial for his 2009 album Anomaly, Frehley referenced his movie character by doing the hitchhiking gesture (which magically teleported CD copies of his album to the hands of his fans) and saying, "Ack!" before riding off.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

"Five Minutes to Live"- Johnny Cash (1961)

From IMDB:

Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was later re-released as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, detailing a suburban bank robbery that goes awry. In his simple plan, he hires a hard-up hood, Johnny Cabot to take the wife of the bank's vice president hostage. Cabot will hold her until he gets a call alerting him that Fred has been successful in getting ransom money. Cabot waits, and watches the Wilson house as the husband leaves for the bank and their young son heads off to school. Posing as a door-to-door guitar instructor, he forces his way into the house and takes Nancy Wilson hostage. At the bank, Fred talks his way into Ken Wilson's office, and presents his personal check for $70,000, intending that Wilson will withdraw the funds to cover the check as a ransom for his wife. He has Wilson call home to prove that Nancy is being held by the unstable Cabot, and gives Wilson 5 minutes to make his decision. If Fred fails to call the house back, Cabot is to kill Nancy. Wilson confesses to Fred that he has been planning to run off to Las Vegas with Ellen, the woman he has been having an affair with, and Fred will be doing him a favor by getting rid of Nancy. But as the minutes tick by, Wilson cracks and agrees to give him the money. Fred make the first call to save Nancy. The clock starts ticking again, another 5 minutes, for Fred to collect the money and get out of the bank safely. While Fred is working on Wilson, Nancy is terrorized by Cabot-- manhandled and shot at, invited to slip into something more comfortable (which she does in a futile attempt to distract him) and finally forced to listen to him serenade her with "Five Minutes to Live" and "I've Come to Kill" while he waits for the second call. The call hasn't come as Fred has been overpowered by the police, who were alerted by the bank's silent alarm. Cabot is getting more and more stressed. While worrying about Fred not calling, he is completely thrown by Little Bobby arriving home for lunch just as the police arrive at the Wilson house. Cabot panics, grabs Bobby and runs into the yard under police fire. Bobby fakes his death to save himself, and Cabot is shot by a cop in the yard. Nancy is reunited with her now-contrite husband, who decides he will still go to Las Vegas, but with Nancy.

While shopping in a local K-Mart, I ran across this little flick and couldn't resist the purchase (it was a $1.99). I'm a fan of Cash and found the film fairly fascinating, enough so to dig through my CD collection and track down two versions of the song Cash had recorded.

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I also found that the Internet Archive is hosting a video file of the film itself, so enjoy...

Five Minutes to Live

Saturday, November 28, 2009

To kick things off for the 2009 Christmas Countdown, I figured I'd share Henry Mancini's Santa Claus: The Movie original score....

Track Listing:

01. Main Title: Every Christmas Eve and Santa's Theme
02. Arrival of the Elves
03. Making Toys
04. Christmas Rhapsody
05. It's Christmas Again
06. March of the Elves
07. Patch Natch
08. It's Christmas All Over the World - Sheena Easton
09. Shouldn't Do That - Kaja
10. Sleigh Ride Over the Mountain
11. Sad Patch
12. Patch Versus Santa
13. Thank You, Santa

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Captain Lou Albano Tribute

Words fail me whenever it comes to eulogizing those that brought me joy and laughter as a child, so I'll let Cyndi Lauper do it for me:

October 14th, 2009
Today I found out that Capt. Lou had passed away. He passed away at home with his family beside him. I am sad for his family and I'm just sad. But I know he's at peace now. He had been ill for a while. My heart goes out to his family.

Capt Lou and I became famous together. He always made me laugh. He made all that promotion we did so much fun. He graced me with a lot of video performances that I will always treasure. He was a great, gregarious, hilarious fellow who had this lovable presence. I was lucky to work by his side. I will always look back on our absolute hilarious times and the magical world of Wrestling he introduced me to and shared for that brief time. As he said, he took me up the charts from 10, to 5, to 4 to 1, to minus 5 back up to 1 again. And it was great fun too.

So let me just say this; I love ya Lou and I can picture you up there somewhere explaining that PEG principle to someone. Or maybe you're having a good laugh with Freddie Blassie. But where ever you are, I am sure you are causing a hilarious rucuss. And I will be sad to miss out on that."

- Cyndi Lauper " - from

And now, for a little history on the first piece of our tribute to Captain Lou, via Wikipedia:

"The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" was a single released by singer Cyndi Lauper for The Goonies, a 1985 film which was released at the same time as this single.

A rarity

Before its inclusion on The Essential Cyndi Lauper in 2003, the song was considered a rarity among fans, having never appeared on any of Lauper's albums or the 1995 compilation Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some. Lauper admitted in an interview with Matthew Rettenmund for his 1996 book Totally Awesome 80s: A Lexicon of the Music, Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Stars, and Trends of that Decadent Decade that she hated the song, which was why she had chosen not to include it on her first compilation.

All versions of the UK edition are considered rare, especially the 12".

The song has been covered by a few artists, such as Bombones, Haruko Momoi, New Found Glory, and Tomoyuki Uchida. The song was also featured as an instrumental version in Pop'n Music 10.

There was also a two-part video shot for this song featuring World Wrestling Federation pro-wrestlers André the Giant, Captain Lou Albano, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Wendy Richter, The Fabulous Moolah, The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Freddie Blassie; Steven Spielberg; The Goonies cast (except for Kerri Green, Anne Ramsey, Joe Pantoliano, Robert Davi and John Matuszak); and the relatively unknown Bangles as a group of female pirates. Roseanne Barr appears as the "sea hag". Lauper's mother appears as "Cyndi's mother", reprising her role from "Girls Just Want to Have Fun".

According to Cyndi Lauper, the music video was less than an enjoyable experience. Richard Donner, apparently, was a pushy director and wanted things done a certain way and forced Lauper to keep going, even when she was exhausted. In a behind-the-scenes documentary of the video, you can see Donner being pushy and doing lots of takes on scenes.

Part 1 of the video debuted on MTV before The Goonies opened in theaters and Part 2 premiered on MTV after the movie opened. On the DVD of The Goonies, both parts have been spliced together to form one video with no chapter change in the middle of the two. Part 1 of the music video had an extended version released in Japan. The version included more commentary from the voice over during the opening sequence of the video and extended scenes inside the gas station and with the wrestlers.

Both parts of the video are included as a bonus feature on the DVD release of The Goonies. The first part of the video almost did not make it on the DVD. According to sources, Warner was unable to locate a decent print of Part 1 and was only going to use Part 2 for the DVD release, but someone at VH1 found an unused tape of the video and they digitized it for the DVD just in time.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mighty Marvel Monsterbash 2009- Ghost Rider OST

Track Listing:

1. Ghost Rider
2. Blackheart Beat
3. Artistry in Death
4. A Thing for Karen Carpenter
5. Cemetery Dance
6. More Sinister Than Popcorn
7. No Way to Wisdom
8. Chain Chariot
9. Santa Sardonicus
10. Penance Stare
11. San Venganza
12. Blood Signature
13. Serenade to a Daredevil's Devil
14. Nebuchadnezzar Phase
15. The West was Built on Legends

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Bonus Tracks: Here's a file containing songs that don't appear on the OST, yet appear in the film itself....
Track Listing:

01- Blow- The Prom Kings
02- Crazy Train- Ozzy Osbourne
03- Ghost Riders In The Sky- Spiderbait
04- Rose of the South- Johann Strauss
05- Superstar- The Carpenters
06- Tush- ZZ Top
07- Who Do You Love- George Thorogood

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mighty Marvel Mosterbash 2009: KISS- "Destroyer" (

Seeing as how I shared the 1977 Marvel Comics Super Special dedicated to the band over at this blog's sister site, Who's Who...Cares?, I figured I'd run with the theme and share KISS' iconic "Destroyer" album here. While not my favorite of the band's 1970s output (I really dig the "Hotter Than Hell" album from 1974), there's no denying the facts that it's quite possibly the most popular and best selling of the band's discography....

Another reason(s) was my recent discovery that today was the release date for the band's first album of new material recorded in 11 years, entitled "Sonic Boom" (which I think is being marketted in much the same way that AC/DC's recent "Black Ice" a Wal-Mart exclusive. Wal-Mart...where prices are dropping everyday...and old hard rock acts go to pasture...) and my disdain for the fact that they are yet again employing the band's trademark make-up personas....yet, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are not part of the line-up.

Above: the band's 2009 line-up- Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley, and Tommy Thayer

Nope, filling the "Catman" and "Star-Child" roles on stage these days are veteran drummer Eric Singer and former Black n Blue guitarist Tommy Thayer.

Above: The late Eric Carr in the "Fox-Man" persona

At least the late Eric Carr, during the short time he was asked to adopt a make-uped (sic?) persona (the "Fox-Man") chose something original, though I doubt this was a move Thayer or Singer pushed for, and was suggested to them by Simmons (who, admittedly, has a pretty amazing hand at promotion and is an accounting whiz) and/or whatever people are controlling the corporate trademarks that the band has become.

I just wanted to give people a taste of when the band still had a little bit of street cred....and with the Who's Who...Cares? post, show that at one point even though it all was for show and creating marketable merchandising material, they were a hell of alot more original at doing it the past....

Track Listing:

01- Detroit Rock City
02- King of the Night Time World
03- God of Thunder
04- Great Expectations
05- Flaming Youth
06- Sweet Pain
07- Shout It Out Loud
08- Beth
09- Do You Love Me

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Mighty Marvel Mosterbash 2009: The Monster of Frankenstein (Power Records, PR-14)

Decided to kick off this year's Mighty Marvel Monster Bash a few days earl, offering up this great Power Records vinyl...plug, it's got some great Mike Ploog art...enjoy!

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) OST

The theremin is an instrument that has always fascinated and baffled me, and one of the few film scores out there where it's been utilized to it's utmost capacity, IMO, was one of the first.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Lenny and the Squigtones (Casablanca, 1979)

From Wikipedia:

Lenny and the Squigtones
is a fictional musical group headed by Michael McKean and David Lander, the two actors who played the characters Lenny and Squiggy on the television series Laverne & Shirley. Recorded live at the Roxy in Hollywood, they perform parodies of 50's rock ballads ("Night After Night," "Creature Without A Head"). In between, there's plenty of schtick and patter ("So's Your Old Testament," "Babyland"). The group's eponymous debut album, Lenny & Squiggy sing Lenny and the Squigtones, was released on the Casablanca label in 1979. The album is now a collector’s item because of credited guitar work by future Spinal Tap member Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest). A photo on the inside cover also includes two band members who look a lot like Derek Smalls and David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap. Also includes 'Murph', the keyboard player from The Blues Brothers, and "Ming the Merciless," actually Kiss drummer Peter Criss without his famous "cat" costume and make-up

Track Listing:
  1. "Vamp On"
  2. "Night After Night"
  3. "Creature Without A Head"
  4. "King Of The Cars"
  5. "Squiggy's Wedding Day"
  6. "Love Is A Terrible Thing"
  7. "Babyland" (For Eva Squiggmann)
  8. "If Only I'd've Listened To Mama"
  9. "So's Your Old Testament"
  10. "Sister-In-Law"
  11. "Honor Farm"
  12. "StarCrossed"
  13. "Only Women Cry"
  14. "Foreign Legion Of Love"
  15. "Vamp Off"
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Monday, August 31, 2009

Heavy Metal: Music From the Motion Picture (Columbia, 1981)

This double album set has been part of my collection for years...another one of those screwed up childhood memories. I can remember seeing the trailer for HEAVY METAL as a kid and immediately being fascinated with what the film was about (the trailer was at the head of a screening of STRIPES, which my parents went to see at the Sunset Drive-In, located at the cross-roads of Panhandle, Ohio...a small little 'burg about 7 or 8 miles outside of my hometown).

Above: Totally kick-ass one-sheet which hangs in my bathroom, purchased from eBay a few years back.

The next summer, an uncle (who was far more lenient than my parents) took me to see this flick at the very same drive-in (it was playing on a double bill with Heartbeeps (WTF?!?), and over years of repeat late-night pay cable viewings, this soundtrack became burned into my brain. Especially the Cheap Trick track, "Reach Out", which seems to be only available on this release, nowhere else....which drives a Cheap Trick fanatic like myself absolutely insane. Plus, local "classic rock" stations seemt to base their playlists around Hagar's "Heavy Metal" (Sammy Hagar is another artist that I am fanatically devoted to) and Don Felder's "(Taking A Ride On) Heavy Metal"....hell, you can almost set your watch by a local station's use of the Felder song.

Track Listing:
1. Heavy Metal - Sammy Hagar
2. Heartbeat - Riggs
3. Working In The Coal Mine - Devo
4. Veteran Of The Psychic Wars - Blue Oyster Cult
5. Reach Out - Cheap Trick
6. Heavy Metal (Takin' A Ride) - Don Felder
7. True Companion - Donald Fagen
8. Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment) - Nazareth
9. Radar Rider - Riggs
10. Open Arms - Journey
11. Queen Bee - Grand Funk Railroad
12. I Must Be Dreamin'
13. The Mob Rules - Black Sabbath
14. All of You - Don Felder
15. Prefabricated - Trust
16. Blue Lamp - Stevie Nicks

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Oceans- Super Fuzz (Super Snooper) OST (1980)

A long-time friend that I recently reconnected with (all too briefly, a situation I plan on changing as soon as work and automotive troubles allow me) reminded me of this flick a few weeks ago.

Back during the days when HBO stood for "Hey! Beastmaster's On!", I can remember watching this several times...and then the memory popped back up after watching my recently acquired DVD copy of SUPER FUZZ (the U.S. distribution title), and my mother jogging my memory...I had actually seen SUPER FUZZ during it's theatrical release at the Mound Drive-In (now defunct) located outside Peebles, Ohio as a child.

Now, for a little background (from Wikipedia):

Super Fuzz or Poliziotto superpiù is an Italian film about Dave Speed, a bumbling Miami police officer who gains super powers through accidental nuclear exposure. Directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Terence Hill and Ernest Borgnine, it was released in 1980.

Track Listing:

01. Super Snooper
02. Bad Guy, Good Guy
03. Miami Beach
04. Explosion
05. Rocket Theme
06. Do Ya?
07. Funky Snooper
08. Synth Good Guy

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon OST (1985)

This is yet another one of my favorite films that was drilled into my adolescence via repetitive showing via pay cable outlets and numerous home video rentals....

I still cannot explain why I like this movie....maybe the fact that it's so fuckin' ridiculous is the reason it's so endearing to me.

Track Listing:

01.Dwight David - The Last Dragon ~ 07:28 Min
02.Vanity - 7th Heaven ~ 03:51 Min
03.Alfie - Star ~ 04:42 Min
04.Charlene - Fire ~ 03:58 Min
05.Willie Hutch - The Glow ~ 05:07 Min
06.DeBarge - Rhythm Of The Night ~ 03:50 Min
07.Stevie Wonder - Upset Stomach ~ 06:23 Min
08.Smokey Robinson and Syreet - First Time On A Ferris Wheel (Love Theme ~ 04:19 Min
09.Rockwell - Peeping Tom ~ 04:32 Min
10.Willie Hutch and The Temptations - Inside You ~ 07:18 Min

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

TRON Soundtrack- Wendy Carlos (1982) + Extras

Now...I am a goddamn TRON fanatic, and have been since childhood. And after viewing the uber-cool teaser for next summer's TRON: LEGACY, to say that I am stoked is beyond belief.

Then, there's the fact that LEGACY is gonna be presented in IMAX 3-D....I'm already trying to book my seats. As for the soundtrack...hell, I even dig the Journey track, "Only Solutions" that's on this thing.


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Sunday, August 2, 2009

David Hess- Caught Up In The Moment (2001)

Alot of folks don't know that David Hess (early Wes Craven regular, best know for his turn as "Krug" in the infamous Last House on the Left, 1972) is an accomplished song writer/musician, so I figured I'd hip those folks to the news by sharing his 2001 album, Caught Up In The Moment. Enjoy!

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Dokken- Deam Warriors EP (1986) with Bonus

Over the years, I've owned probably a half dozen copies of this thing. It's just glorious hair metal junkfood....and I love it.

Track Listing:

01- Dream Warriors
02- Back for the Attack
03- Paris Is Burning

I've also added some bonus material to this upload:

04- Dream Warriors (acoustic version)


an AVI copy of the video for this marvelous travesty. Enjoy.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Taking Some Time Off

Taking a little time off to accomplish some crap around the house, but will be back in a big way in July. See everyone in a bit, and keep the comments coming....

P.S. Re: Dragonetta- The answer is "Yes!"...hook me up on this amazing blog linkage!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Al Hirt- The Horn Meets the Hornet (RCA/Victor, 1967)

Track Listing:

01- Green Hornet Theme
02- The Hornets Nest
03- Night Rumble
04- "Get Smart" Theme
05- Theme From "Run For Your Life"
06- Batman Theme
07- The King Kong Theme
08- (Theme from) The Monkees
09- Tarzan (Tarzan's March)
10- T.H.E. Cat
11- Run Buddy Run

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Top Secret! Original Motion Picture Score (1984)

I recently discovered a newer release of this flick on DVD which includes an audio commentary from the production crew behind TOP SECRET! (which I've come to believe is one of the funniest, under-rated gems of 1980s comedy films...much better than any of the Zucker Bros. later efforts), and was prompted to share this vinyl I had laying around....

Track Listing:If anyone out there is sharing the extremely rare OOP Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring all of the hilarious Val Kilmer-performed parody songs, please feel free to contact me....

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 OST (1986)

Track Listing:
01- Chainsaw 1 - Intro Narration
02- Grave Digging & Main Titles
03- The 'Saw'-yer Symphony
04- End Titles
05- Chainsaw 2 - Intro Narration & Main Titles
06-KOKLA Promo/ Shame On You (Timbuk 3)
07- Request Line/ White Knight (Torch Song)
08-Goo Goo Muck (The Cramps)
09-Stretch Intro/ No One Lives Forever (Oingo Boingo)
10-Yuppie Death, Over Your Shoulder (Concrete Blonde)
11- Texas Chili Cook Off Winner, Life Is Hard (Timbuk 3)
12- KOKLA Special Request, Good To Be Bad (Lords Of The New Church)
13- L.G./ Haunted Head (Concrete Blonde)
13- KOKLA At Midnight/ Mind Warp (Lords Of The New Church)
14- The 'Saw'-yer Symphony Pt. 2
15- Strange Things Happen (Stewart Copeland)
16- Bonus Track

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Alejandro Jodorowsky Megapost!

I've found in the last couple of years that I have this habit of watching the three films that the following soundtracks are connected to in marathon sessions about once every 3 months. Possibly I'm becoming obsessed.....

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