Detective Mitchell's Junk Drawer

The random thoughts, ideas, and experiences of the title blogger, plus other things.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Return of Bruno... er, Bruce Willis

The legendary Bruce Willis album from 1988, "The Return of Bruno," is widely regarded to be one of the worst albums ever released. Not fair, I say. Read on for why I think that (aside from the fact that it couldn't possibly be worse than "Golden Throats." Look that one up yourselves).

Willis does covers here, and that's why people hate it. Willis is a good singer, but there's no ay that he'll be able to top the original artists. People seem to like the one original song on the album ("Jackpot (Bruno's Bop)"), bt trash the covers. Get any thought out of your head that this will be any good as the originals, and it's a fun album to listen to. You have Detective Mitchell's guarantee.

Of note, there was also a film released directly to HBO a year earlier that bore the same name as the album. I don't know if any of the songs here appeared on the soundtrack, but I'll hazard a guess and say maybe. The film, according to the IMDB, is a mockumentary chronicling the life and career of fictional 60s singer Bruno Radoini (played by Willis). Musicians such as Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, the Bee Gees and more. It sounds interesting, and may be worth a pickup. Until then, here's the album.


1. Comin' Right Up
2. Respect Yourself
3. Down in Hollywood
4. Young Blood
5. Under the Boardwalk
6. Secret Agent Man/James Bond is Back
7. Jackpot (Bruno's Bop)
8. Fun Time
9. Lose Myself
10. Flirting With Disaster

Monday, November 27, 2006

Holy crap! It's a compilation album!

[no artwork as of now, but I will implore someone to come up with a piece of cover art to use for the blog. You will have my humbe gratitude if you do.]

"From the Back of the Drawer" is my attempt at creating a blog compilation album,. using bits and pieces of albums that may be future releases as well as stuff that would never get released otherwise. Here's a track by track rundown:

1. Do You Want to Be a Hero? - Jon Anderson (from "Biggles: Adventures in Time"): Standard 80s pop. Nothing special, but enjoyable.

2. Somewhere in Time Theme - John Barry (from "Somewhere in Time"): One of the most beautiful movie themes ever put to paper. Take my word for it.

3. Main Link - Jerry Goldsmith (from "Link"): The unconventional main title theme from the 1986 horror flick. Goldsmith is a music god, and this track is no exception.

4. Almost Unreal - Roxette (from "Super Mario Bros."): A great pop tune from the pop duo (yes, the name threw me off too). Trivia: was originally supposed to be used in the Disney flick "Hocus Pocus," but was used in SMB instead for unknown reasons.

5. Come and Follow Me - Max Carl and Marcy Levy (from "Short Circuit"): Another great pop tune from the 80s (what has happened to music now?).

6. Kuffs Theme - Harold Faltermeyer (from "Kuffs"): It sounds like a combo of the theme for "Fletch" and "Beverly Hills Cop," but any Faltermeyer is better than no Faltermeyer at all.

7. Bad Taste - The Remnants (from "Bad Taste"): The cheesy theme for the ultimate cheesy (but darkly funny) gorefest from Peter Jackson.

8. We Fight for Love - Power Station (from "Commando"): The awesome and very 80s end credits song from one of the greatest cheesy action flicks of all time. "Let off some steam, Bennett."

9. Critter Skitter - David Newman (from "Critters"): The end credits music from the comedy monster flick. The music is catchy, and I often find myself humming it on most days.

10. Dream Warriors - Dokken (from "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors"): It's f**king Dokken! Do I need to say more?

11. Heaven is One Step Away - Eric Clapton (from "Back to the Future"): Another catchy, hummable 80s tune.

12. Together in Electric Dreams - Giorgio Moroder and Phillip Oakey (from "Electric Dreams"): A song that really cheers me up when I am down. One of the best (and most unknown) songs to come out of the 80s.

13. I Don't Want To Live Without You - Greg Tripp (from "Kuffs"): A song from the early 90s that wouldn't be out of place on a "Monster Ballads" album. Still good, though.

14. Gremlins... Mega Madness - Michael Sembello (from "Gremlins"): An 80s dance tune from the singer of "Maniac." Used very brifely in "Gremlins."

15. Hearts on Fire - John Cafferty (from "Rocky IV"): The famous tune from "Rocky IV" which has been spoofed numerous times (most notably on "Family Guy").

16. Hideous Mutant Freekz - Parliament Funkadelic and Bill Laswell (from "Freaked"): From a movie with an already wildy eclectic soundtrack comes this great Funkadelic piece that sums up the plot of the cult film.

17. I'm Gonna Be Somebody - Jack Mack and the Heart Attack (from "Police Academy"): In the vein of "Hearts on Fire." Very catchy and a favorite of 80s fans.

18. Mercenary Man - David Knopfler (from "Laser Mission"): The so-cheesy-it's-good" song from the awful Brandon Lee DTV action flick.

19. The Darkest Side of the Night - Metropolis (from "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan"): The best thing about the movie, bar none.

20. Fool Me Again - Nicolette Larson (from "Arthur"): Hit 80s tune used to great effect in "Arthur." A favorite of many.

21. One Way Street - Go West (from "Rocky IV"): Another catchy and good Rocky tune.

22. Dead Heat - Phil Settle (from "Dead Heat"): The excellent end credits song from the zombie/buddy-cop comedy film. Wasn't even released on the official soundtrack LP (this is a DVD rip).

23. Suburbian Nigtmare - Sir Mix-a-Lot (from "Amos and Andrew"): The so-awful-it's-funny rap soing by one-hit wonder Sir Mix-a-Lot. Another movie song that gives a rundown on the plot of the film.

24. Radioactive Dreams - Sue Saad (from "Radioactive Dreams"): the theme song from the strange 1985 film from "Nemesis" director Albert Pyun.

25. Somewhere I Belong - Teddy Pendergrass (from "D.A.R.Y.L"): Cheesy but good and catachy 80s ballad.

26. Magic - The Cars (from "Click"): Any excuse to put this great song is a good one.

27. James Bond Jr. Theme (TV Theme): The theme to one of my fondest-remembered childhood TV shows. I won't hesitate to get this on DVD.

28. Remo's Theme (What If) - Tommy Shaw (from "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins..."): Tommy Shaw, with or without Styx, kicks all sorts of ass, as this song proves.

29. Without You -Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle (from "Leonard Part 6"): The only good thing about that piece of shit. Spliced ina minute of song that was missing on the commercial release of the song.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

"All right, I'm ready. Let's shoot this f**ker1"

Here is the long OOP Howard Shore score for the 1994 Tim Burton movie "Ed Wood." It's the touchiung and true story of Edward D. Wood Jr. (Johnny Depp), widely (and unfarily) regarded to be the worst director ever. This film follows the cross-dressing Wood's friendship with his motley crew of misfits, including a gay friend (Bill Murray) who wants to take that last step and get a sex change in Mexico, a color-blind cameraman (Norman Alden), his vitriolic fiance (Sarah Jessica Parker), wresler Tor Johnson, a.k.a. "The Swedish Angel" (George "The Animal" Steele), and the legendarily bad "psychic" Criswell (Jeffrey Jones). Chief among them is the friendship between him and fading actor Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau). The film goes through his friendship with Lugosi all the way to the filming of "Plan 9 From Outer Space."

Ed's life did not end happily. Ed lost confidence and stooped to making monster nudie films to pay the bills. All of his novels (yes, he wrote novels as well) failed, and Ed's constant drinking caught up with him. He died on December 10, 1978 of heart failure. His wife, Kathy (played in the film by Patricia Arquette) never remarried, and joined Ed on June 26, 2006 when she succumbed to esophogal cancer.

Tim Burton decided not to use stalwart Danny Elfman to compose the score for "Ed Wood<" instead opting to use David Cronenberg's composer of choice, Howard Shore. While an Elfman score may have been a bit better, Shore is great. He tries to evoke the feel of Ed Wood's films with the over-the-top melodramatic music, which feels fitting. Many of the pieces are just beautiful (listen to "Elysium," which is played during the scene of Lugosi's funeral). Some pieces are even based on Wood music cues ("This is the One" is based on music from"Glen or Glenda"). Mixed in with all this are dialogue clips from the film (two examples are Criswell's introduction during the "Main Titles," and two piece with Lugosi dialogue,"Beware" and "I Have No Home", and Criswell again during "Ed Takes Control"). It's a great album, and I highly reccomend it to not only Wood enthusiasts, but fans of 50's music as well as general film fans. Can your heart stand the shocking facts of the true story of Edward D. Wood Jr.?


1. Main Titles
2. Backlot
3. Mr. Lugosi/Hypno Theme
4. Beware
5. Glen or Glenda
6. Eddie, Help Me
7. Elmogambo
8. Bride of the Monster
9. I Have No Home
10. Kuba Mambo (composed by Perez Prado)
11. Nautch Dance (composed by Korla Pandit)
12. Angora
13. Sanitarium
14. Ed and Kathy
15. Elysium
16. "Grave Robbers" Begins
17. Lurk Him
18. Ed Takes Control
19. Eddie Takes a Bow
20. This Is the One
21. Ed Wood (Music Video Version)

Don Johnson Double Feature: "Heartbeat" and "Let it Roll"

As the title says, this special entry of the blog will feture the two OOP albums by actor Don Johnson: "Heartbeat" (1986) and "Let it Roll"(1989).

!986. Neon colored clothes were all the rage. "Moonlighting" was still taking the nation by storm. Freddy Mercury was still alive and performing with Queen. And a litle man named Don Johnson had risen to fame on a little show called "Miami Vice." Johnson, for some reason unkown to man, decided to try his hand at an album
(he did have singing experience: he contributed two tracks to the soundtrack for "The Harrad Experiment," an early film role. The soundtrack is currently being shared over at 7 Black Notes). The album had only one hit single (and Johnson's only hit): the title track, "Heartbeat."

While many people have ridiculed Johnson for his singing and the songs, I didn't think that the album was bad. Sure, it's cheesy 80s music, but I prefer it to the garbage that clutters up the airwaves now. "Heartbeat" is one of the definitive albums for those who love the 80s, and once you listen to it, you'll agree. The best songs on here are "Heartbeat," "The Last Sound Love Makes." "Lost in Your Eyes," "Heartache Away," "Love Roulette," and the haunting "Can't Take Your Memory."

Three years later, Johnson decided to go back to the well and do another album, "Let It Roll." However, it didn't have the same fortunes as "Heartbeat" and quickly sank into obscurity. Because of this, not much is known about the album or the making of it. However, unlike "Heartbeat," the new album had a somewhat different style that I can't really descirbe (listen to this and "Heartbeat" back-to-back, and you'll understand). That doesn't mean it's not good, though. While there are a few clunkers ("A Better Place" is pretty forgettable), there are more positives that the negatives. Standouts are the kickoff track, "Other People's Lives", the cover of Aaron Neville's "Tell it Like it Is," "When You Only Loved Me," Angel City," the title track, and "What If It Takes All Night."

Overall, these are an underrated pair of albums that are highly reccomended to 80s fans.

Tracks (Heartbeat):

1. Heartbeat
2. Voice On a Hotline
3. The Last Sound Love Makes
4. Lost in Your Eyes
5. Coco, Don't
6. Heartache Away
7. Love Roulette
8. Star Tonight
9. Gotta Get Away
10. Can't Take Your Memory

Tracks (Let it Roll):

1. Other People's Lives
2. Tell it Like it Is
3. Your Love is Safe With Me
4. A Better Place (featuring Yuri)
5. When You Only Loved Me
6. Angel City
7. Lonely Too Long
8. Let it Roll
9. What if it Takes All Night
10. Little One's Lullaby

"The world meets nobody half way, Mike. Remember that."

Here's the soundtrack for the 1987 Sylvester Stallone cult film "Over the Top." Stallone is hard-luck trucker Lincoln Hawk, who, at the request of his seriously ill ex-wife (Susan Blakely), who he abandoned years ago, tries to reconnect with his son (David Mendenhall), who has been listening to the propaganda spewed by his grandfather (and Hawk's father-in-law) (Robert Loggia), who hated Hawk even when he was married to his daughter.

At first, Michael is resentful of his father due to the lies that Cutler spread and the whole abandonment issue, but soon becomes fascinated with his dad when he learns that he partakes in arm-wrestling matches on the side in order to make extra cash. Hawk decides to teach the boy that "life meets nobody halfway," and helps build up his self-confidence through an arm-wrestling match.

Through tragedy and the machinations of Cutler, Hawk winds up having to sign away custody of his son. Now inspired more than ever to get his son back, he enters the National Arm-Wrestling Championships in Vegas in order to win money and a brand new rig that could help him find a source of steady income to get his son back. Can Hawk beat the odds to win not only the money and truck, but his son's love? Is the Pope catholic? Of course he will, the fun of it is seeing how.

The soundtrack release is comprised of nine songs and one synth cue. Nearly all the songs were composed by the great Giorgio Moroder (who also provided the film's score). With an all-star roundup including Robin Zander (of Cheap Trick), Sammy Hagar, Eddie Money, Kenny Loggins, Asia, Big Trouble, Frank Stallone, and Larry Greene, this is cheesy 80s pop at it's best. The true highlight of the album is Loggins' "Meet Me Half Way" (which is the central theme in the film if you listen to the score throughout). Loggins' vocal stylings combine with great lyrics and beautiful synth stylings to create a gem. Shame we couldn't get more of Moroder's score, but this album is pretty good even without it. Enjoy, and see this film as soon as possible. Your life is not complete without seeing it at least once.


1. Winner Takes it All - Sammy Hagar
2. In This Country - Robin Zander
3. Take It Higher - Larry Greene
4. All I Need is You - Big Trouble
5. Bad Nite - Frank Stallone
6. Meet Me Half Way - Kenny Loggins
7. Gypsy Soul - Asia
8. The Fight (instrumental) - Giorgio Moroder
9. Mind Over Matter - Larry Greene
10. I Will Be Strong - Eddie Money

Saturday, November 25, 2006

"What do you morons think, that this is little Italy? Wake up! THIS IS THE TWENTY-F**KIN'-FIRST CENTURY!"

Here's John Powell's excellent score for the 2003 crapfest "Gigli." I won't bother going into details of the plot and characters here, but the plot rides offthe rails of ludicrous and into the land of "retarded," the characters (with the exception of Christopher Walken's) are loud and annoying, the dialogue is awful, and the direction is bad. The only tolerable parts of the film are Walken's and Al Pacino's bits, and they only comprise about 5% of the film combined. And yet, I would never give up my DVD copy for anything. Maybe I'm just a masochist. Anyway, Powell's score truly belongs in a better film. The opening and closing titles are excellent, and the rest of it is nice, mellow jazzy music, which is great to pull out around Valentine's Day. Enjoy, and just remember this trick for your date: go down to Marie Callender's, get a big bowl, pie, some ice cream on it, mmm-hmm good! Put some on your date's head! His or her tongue would slap their brains out trying to get to it! INTERESTED? SURE?


1. Opening Titles (03:28)
2. Can I Go? (01:28)
3. Dinner (01:30)
4. Read To Me (01:34)
5. Tai Moi Chai (00:54)
6. Mum's Arse (00:52)
7. Yoga Music (02:20)
8. Cut It Off (01:22)
9. God Bless You/You With Me? (02:16)
10. The Morgue (01:35)
11. Friends of Yours? (01:19)
12. Love Scene (02:08)
13. Some Place Clean (01:22)
14. Pro Perogative (01:45)
15. Step Up (01:26)
16. Drive To Baywatch (01:42)
17. Goodbye (04:23)
18. Nice Weather (02:24)
19. Rochelle (03:30)

"My name is Kit Kat. This is not a dream."

Here is the in-print (but hard to find outside of onine stores) soundtrack for the 1991 action/comedy "Hudson Hawk." After a dismal box-office outing, it became a cult hit on video and DVD, and yours truly is one of that following. Bruce Willis listened to a song that his musician friend Robert Kraft wrote and thought that it had the makings of a great movie theme, and thus they wrote a story around it. After the success of "Die Hard" Willis had the clout to get it made, and it had a turgid behind the scenes story, but we won't go into detail here.

The story concerns ex-cat burglar Eddie "Hudson Hawk" Hawkins (Willis), who, along with partner Tommy "Five-Tone" Messina (Danny Aiello), are balckmailed by a nutty pair of yuppies (Richard E. Grant and Sandra Bernhard) into pulling a series of heists of DaVinci artifcats for a world domination plot. Also brought in to the mix are a rogue CIA team (James Coburn, David Caruso, Lorraine Toussaint, Don Harvey, Andrew Bryniarski) working for the yuppies, and a Vatican counter-espinoage agency in the form of nun and art expert Anna Baragli (Andie MacDowell), who becomes the Hawk's love interest.

The album kicks off with the theme, performed by Dr. John, the two heist numbers (Hawk and Tommy time their heists to songs, which they sing seperately but concurrently). This is followed with a sometimes serious, sometimes cartoony score by Michael Kamen and Robert Kraft, and two jazz numbers performed by Kraft.

The soundtrack is nice all around, and is worth getting. If the rights holder has a problem with me posting this, e-mail me and I will take it down. Simple as that.

1. Hudson Hawk Theme (performed by Dr. John)
2. Swinging on a Star (performed by Bruce Willis and Danny Aiello)
3. Side by Side (performed by Bruce Willis and Danny Aiello)
4. Leonardo
5. Welcome to Rome
6. Stealing the Codex
7. Igg and Ook
8. Cartoon Fight
9. The Gold Room
10. Hawk Swing (performed by Robert Kraft)
11. Hudson Hawk Theme (instrumental) (performed by Robert Kraft)

"There are a few, a very few men. Remo. Mack Bolan. Jake Speed. In this case, I think Jake Speed's the man for the job."

Here is the very rare LP rip of Mark Snow's score for the 1986 toungue-in-cheek comedy/action film "Jake Speed." My heartfelt thanks must go out to fellow Blogspot user "rocket from mars" for ripping the complete album from a pristine copy of the LP as well as uploading it. Couldn't have done it without ya. Not having seen the film myself (I so want to, but the DVD is impossible to find in a brick-and-mortar store), here's a summary from All Movie Guide (modifications made based on IMDB findings):

"An adventure tale for movie buffs,
Jake Speed deftly lifts scenes from detective films of the '40s through the '70s to bring an added dimension to its spoof of the detective and adventure genres. When a family gets word that their daughter has been kidnapped in Paris, her father comments that they should get "Jake Speed" to find her. However, Jake is a pulp adventure novel character, and the reaction is that he might as well ask for Batman. But lo-and-behold, the other daughter Margaret (Karen Kopins) gets a message to meet Speed (Wayne Crawford) and his author, Desmond Floyd (Dennis Christopher), and the men tell her they must go to Africa, where her sister is being held. After a certain amount of trial and error, they eventually find the nation where she's being held — which happens to be in the middle of a revolution. - Eleanor Mannikka"

After listening to the score, it sounds pretty good. I hope the movie is as good as it is when I finally see it. Enjoy!


1. Main Title/The Pits/Cliffside Chase
2. Friendly Skies
3. Big Finish
4. Explosive Situation/Cafe Girls
5. Singles' Bar
6. Play-A-Lick
7. Dangerous Streets
8. Lion Around
9. Maggie Leaves
10. Sid's Demise
11. Tender Time
12. H.A.R.V./Sid's Resurrection
13. Voice Over
14. End Title


At last, for all you Jerry Goldsmith fans out there, her is the expanded score for "Innerspace." One of my favorites, it's about the misadventures of hypochondriac grocery clerk Jack Putter (played by Martin Short) who winds up injected with a hypodermic needle containing a mniniturized Air Force pilot, Lt. Tuck Pendleton (played by Dennis Quaid) and an experimental craft. Jack, with the aid of Tuck's reporter girlfriend Lydia (played by Meg Ryan), must find a chip, stolen by thieves who actually had a hand in the events leading to the injection, that will enable the government to restore Tuck to full size. The pressure mounts because Tuck doesn't have long before his oxygen runs out, and the thieves, led by Victor Scrimshaw (Kevin McCarthy) and Dr. Margaret Canker (Fiona Lewis), want to get Jack in order to get the other chip. It's a very good movie with a very good score. Also included are songs from the OOP Geffen soundtrack.Enjoy!

1. Warner Bros. Logo/Main Titles
2. Drunk... Again
3. Lydia Leaves Tuck
4. The Nightmare
5. Let's Get Small
6. In the Syringe
7. Labo Attack
8. Ozzie on the Run
9. The Injection
10. Aftershock
11. The Nightmare Comes True
12. Heading to the Optical Nerve
13. Enviromental Adjust
14. Jack Hears Voices
15. First Dialogue
16. Space is a Flop
17. Decieved/Escape
18. Bourbon Dance
19. The Cowboy
20. The Abduction of Jack
21. The Refrigerator Truck
22. Escape From the Truck
23. Hotel Room
24. Lydia's Baby
25. Escape From the Lab
26. Gut Reaction
27. Air Supply
28. Back to the Lab
29. Wedding and Cowboy's Return
30. Twistin' the Night Away (peformed by Rod Stewart)
31. Hypnotize Me (performed by Wang Chung)
32. Is It Really Love? (performed by Narada Michael Wilson)
33. Will I Ever Understand You (performed by Berlin)
34, Cupid (peformed by Sam Cooke)

Friday, November 24, 2006

"My mother wanted me to be a doctor. My father wanted me to be a lawyer. Instead, I became a criminal."

This is the long OOP and unknown score for the cult film "Wisdom" composed by Danny Elfman. The film, written by, directed by, and starring Emilio Estevez, has to with a college grad named John Wisdom (Estevez), who can't find work because of a felony on his record for car theft. Desperately wanting to make good and failing because of that little blotch, he decides to become what everyone thinks him to be: a criminal. Not having the heart to do any harm to people, he decides to become a criminal for the people, ala Robin Hood. With his girlfriend Karen in tow, he goes from bank to bank, destroying loan records in order to give the poor a little more time to pay their debts. Due to my love of B-movies, I can't find this horrible as all the critics did. I think it was a pretty good film let down by an extremely self-defating ending. One thing is for sure: you have to be pretty good to score Danny Elfman for music on your first directorial effort. His belnd of synth and piano music is nicely done, even touching in spots. Standouts are tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15, and 16. Why did they put the main title track at the end of the CD? Anyway, enjoy with an optional carton of Tofutti ("TOFUTTI?!").


1. Change of Life (06:02)
2. The Mirror (01:52)
3. The Passion of Wisdom (02:24)
4. Job Search (01:32)
5. The Big Heist (03:18)
6. Karen Decides (02:06)
7. Close call in Albuquerque (04:24)
8. The Face Off (01:32)
9. Trouble (01:29)
10. The Shootout (02:35)
11. Wisdom Phone Home (02:28)
12. Heist (part two) (02:22)
13. Karen Bites the Bullet (01:43)
14. In the Desert (01:31)
15. Finale (03:43)
16. Main Titles (03:26)

"For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me... it was Tuesday."

Here is the OOP score album for the 1994 video game-based action flick, "Street Fighter." While I didn't think the movie was bad (actually, it was pretty good), the standout of the film is the late Raul Julia's last performance as General M. Bison. His over-the-top portrayal of Bison was a great way for him to go out. However, the score is pretty well done for an action piece (Graeme Revell, who composed this, is a veteran action film scorer). The standout tracks are 1, 4, 6, 11, 12, and 15-21. Good score, so get it while you can. The score is worth more (musically speaking) than all those Bison dollars that Bison gave to Sagat (then again, ANYTHING is worth more than the Bison dollars).


1. Showdown in Shadaloo (04:44)
2. Habanero (Vega & Ryu) (03:16)
3. Chun-Li Enters the Morgue (02:16)
4. Colonel Guile Addresses the Troops (02:47)
5. The Circus Tent (02:13)
6. General M. Bison (01:20)
7. Honda is Tortured (00:44)
8. Bison Troopers Marching Song (Zangief) (00:58)
9. Chun Li's Story (02:07)
10. Dhalsim Reprograms Blanka (01:36)
11. The Stealth Boat Attack (03:07)
12. "Game Over" (01:42)
13. Chun Li & Bison (02:57)
14. Guile Discovers Blanka (02:10)
15. "Raise the Chamber" (Guile Attacks) (02:26)
16. Clash of the Titans (Honda & Zangief) (01:51)
17. Guile Faces Bison (02:57)
18. Vega & Sagat vs. Ken & Ryu (03:07)
19. Bison Dies (02:02)
20. The Aftermath (03:17)
21. Attitude Adjuster (performed by World Beaters) (04:29)

"This is the 90s. We're gonna sue you."

No, I'm not being shut down already, it's a line from one of my guilty pleasures, the 1991 comedy "Suburban Commando." WWE wrestler Hulk Hogan is Shep Ramsey, an intergalactic warrior who has to land his ship on Earth when it's damaged. Taking a room for rent with the Wilcox family, headed by father Charlie (Christopher Lloyd) and mother Jenny (Shelley Duvall), he soon grows on them and they grow on him. However, an evil alien general (William Ball) who Shep thought dead tracks him to Earth for revenge, and Shep has to fight to protect Earth and the family with the help of his meek landlord. The long OOP (and pretty scarce) Rhino Records release contains no piece of score from the film, but has the songs used as well as a couple of sound clips. The songs (with the exception of "Do You Want to Go Party" by K.C. and the Sunshine Band) are by no-name artists, and are pretty good, if cheesy. One of the highlights is the long guitar solo that closes out "Ramsey." If you enjoyed the film, you'll probably enjoy the soundtrack.


1. Ramsey and Zanuck - Hulk Hogan and Roy Doctrice (dialogue)
2. It's a Nice Place to Live (But I Wouldn't Want to Visit) - J-Rock featuring Hulk Hogan
3. Almost Like Paradise - Robert Jason
4. Black Book - Rank and File
5. Ramsey vs. the Gearheads - Hulk Hogan and Dennis Burkley (dialogue)
6. Ramsey - The Next Big Thing
7. Do You Wanna Go Party - K.C. and the Sunshine Band
8. Freight Train - Nitro

"Attention. This is Terl, your chief of security. Exterminate all man-animals at will, and happy hunting!"

This entry is for the OOP Varses Sarabande release of Elia Cmiral's spectacularly good score to the spectacularly awful movie "Battlefield Earth." While BE is a complete turd (but one of the funniest films in years), Cmiral's score is vastly superior to the movie it's from. Like "Gigli," this score is better than the movie deserves. The standouts are the opening and end title credits. Enjoy it, and get some man-animals in here to fix that crap-lousy ceiling!


1. Battlefield Earth Theme (00:52)
2. The Dome (03:32)
3. Jonnie Leaves (01:34)
4. Meeting Carlo, The Hunter (01:19)
5. Terl (01:39)
6. Jonnie's Enlightenment (01:56)
7. The Plan / Fort Hood (02:42)
8. Chrissy (01:04)
9. Denver Library (01:19)
10. Chrissy Collected (01:40)
11. Man Animal Revolt (02:53)
12. Mountain Tribe (01:43)
13. Psychlo Wrangler (02:28)
14. Psychlo's Top 40 (02:07)
15. Commence Revolt (03:10)
16. Do You Want Lunch? (01:34)
17. Revolt Continues (02:16)
18. Options For Renewal (02:00)
19. Hope At Last (00:55)
20. The Cavalry (00:34)
21. Air Battle (01:50)
22. Trench Attack (00:53)
23. Web Cracking Stops (01:47)
24. Dome Explodes (01:55)
25. Gas Drone And Fight (01:43)
26. Mickey The Hero (00:40)
27. We've Won (01:12)
28. End Titles (01:33)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

"...and don't call me Shirley."

After searching for a while, here is the 52 track bootleg of Elmer Bernstein's classic score for the disaster-movie spoof "Airplane!" Unlike the previously relased bootleg, this one is album-quality, as it's ripped straight from the DVD via an isolated score option (that I didn't know of. Hmmm....) This contains every score cue from the classic film, as well as the sped-up version of "Stayin' Alive" heard in the bar scene, versions of "The River of Jordan" and "Respect" as sung by Lorna Patterson, and the classic gag for WZAZ, a radio station where disco lives forever (until the plane takes out the antenna). Enjoy.


1. Opening Titles
2. LAX
3. Elaine and Ted #1
4. LAX Continued
5. Donation and the Plane
6. Tickets
7. Ted Finds Elaine
8. Take Off
9. Airborne
10. Reminiscing
11. Bar Fight
12. Love Theme (Lounge)
13. The Beach
14. Elaine and Ted #2
15. Flashback Dissolve
16. The Molombo Tribe
17. Remembering George Zip
18. First Illness
19. Victor is Out
20. Roger is Out
21. Declaring an Emergency
22. Oveur is Out
23. Otto to the Rescue
24. "Get Me Rex Kramer"
25. Elaine Services Otto
26. Elaine on the PA
27. Tension Theme
28. Cockpit Controls
29. Kramer on the Road
30. Ted at the Controls
31. Nose Dive
32. Ted Recovers
33. Attacking Solicitors
34. Kramer Signs On
35. Off the Autopilot
36. Got to Concentrate
37. Radar Range
38. The News Spreads
39. Ted Loses Confidence
40. Win One for the Zipper
41. The Decision to Land
42. Elaine Confesses Love
43. Preparing to Land
44. The Landing
45. Success
46. Finale
47. Airplane Suite
48. Lounge Music
49. Stayin Alive
50. The River of Jordan
51. Respect
52. WZAZ

Switching gears and a rare album

After a little soul searching, I decided to convert this into a blog for out-of-print soundtracks and albums. My first selection is the long OOP (on tape, LP AND compact disc) self-titled album of one of the most underrated singers of the 80s, Frank Stallone, little brother of Sylvester. Coming off of the success of his hit single, "Far From Over", used in "Staying Alive", the sequel to "Saturday Night Fever" in which his brother took directing and co-writing reins, Polydor records had Stallone do an entire album of material. Apparently, it didn't do well, as copies of the album are scarce on all three formats. However, here it is for those who love 80s music to enjoy. I can't really pick out a clear favorite, as I like all the songs on this, but I hope you all love this.

1. Runnin'
2. Music is Magic
3. Love Is Like a Light
4. Darlin'
5. If We Ever Get Back
6. Far From Over
7. She's So Popular
8. Once More Never Again
9. I Do Believe in You
10. Fly Together