Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mummy Came In My Room - A Manchester Morgue Compilation

Here's my latest compilation featuring 19 songs that appeared in various genre films. Some obscure, some not so obscure. I call it Mummy Came In My Room. Thanks to Eugene for inspiring the title.

I've made two covers for this one. The first, using a lovely piece of artwork from the film Wrestling Women vs. The Aztec Mummy. The second, a racy "Adults Only" version with topless hooters and a boogieing down mummy.

The tracklist (Artist - Song Title - Film in which song appears)

  • Mike Armstrong - House of the Devil theme - House of the Devil
  • Greg Stone - Here in the Darkness - Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-a-Rama
  • I'm A Monster - Rock 'n' Roll Frankenstein
  • Lectro Shock - Rock 'n' Roll Frankenstein
  • Carol Browning - Edge of Forever - The Forest
  • Cocco - Lay Down My Arms - Kairo (Pulse)
  • Keith Mansfield - Summers Coming - Rabid
  • The Yellow Monkey - Girlie - Otogiriso aka St. John's Wort
  • Gloria Lee - Falling Into You - American Zombie
  • I'm a Zombie Too - American Zombie
  • Lisa Rypdal - En Spennende Dag For Josefine - Rovdyr (Manhunt)
  • Mark Blankfield - Hyde's Got Nothing To Hide - Jekyll & Hyde...Together Again
  • World Sinks Except Japan - End Credits (not sure of the title or artist)
  • Mama Don't Cry - Your Smile - Marronnier
  • Hillbilly Hellcats - Dead Man's Party - Dead & Breakfast
  • Suzanne Solari - Saviour - Roller Blade Warriors & Roller Blade
  • Tomoyasu Hotei - Save Me - Samurai Fiction
  • Harry Manfredini & John Carridi - Slaughter High Theme - Slaughter High
  • Kou Nakagawa - High School Murder Case - Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl

Some notes on most of the tracks:

Mike Armstrong - Opening Theme from House of the Devil. For some reason this excellent Cars-inspired track (performed by Ti West's friend Mike Armstrong) is not on the soundtrack release. I've ripped it from the DVD, so this should be one of the few places to find it online.

I'm a Monster & Lectro Shock from Rock 'n' Roll Frankenstein. I can't remember the name of the band so I'll just call them Frank & The Steins until someone corrects me.

Carol Browning - Edge of Forever from The Forest. Plays over the end credits of Donald "The Love Butcher" Jones' 1982 cannibal slasher film The Forest.

Cocco - Lay Down My Arms from Kairo. This is an alarmingly upbeat song to end such a downbeat movie with.

Keith Mansfield - Summer's Coming from David Cronenberg's Rabid. Credit to this track goes out to Franco from the HorrorDVDs forum. He found it and posted in online, it's an excellent track that I really wanted to include on this compilation.

Gloria Lee - Falling Into You from American Zombie. Falling Into You doesn't really have anything to do with the movie, I'm thinking Gloria Lee is related to director Grace Lee.

I'm A zombie Too also from American Zombie.It turns out zombies are just a bunch of damn hippies. There are two versions of I'm A Zombie Too in the film. First is an acoustic hippy version during Live Dead and there is also a hot-rockin' version at the beginning of the end credits. Out of boredom, I just roughly edited the two versions together.

Lisa Rypdal - En Spennende Dag For Josefine from Norwegian slasher Rovdyr (Manhunt). Known as Naked: Booby Trap in Japan.

The World Sinks Except Japan - The credits are entirely in Japanese for this one so I'm not sure the artist/title. Any help on this will be appreciated.

Suzanne Solari - Saviour from Roller Blade Warriors. I ripped this from Roller Blade Warriors, but it looks like it's also in another movie called Roller Blade. Somehow they decided this is the official anthem for any Roller Blade themed post-apocalyptic films. Warning on this one, ripped from an .avi file. Not the ideal source for ripping, obviously, but I'm pretty sure Suzanne never put out an album.

Hillbilly Hellcats - Dead Man's Party from Dead & Breakfast. While is shares a title with Oingo Boingo track this is not a cover of that song. Note: this track is tagged as being from Dead & Buried. Ignore that, I wasn't paying attention when I typed that.

Kou Nakagawa - High School Murder Case - Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl. I don't know what's more offensive in this film, the Wrist-Cutters Club or the extreme Ganguro girls with giant lips and bones in their hair.

Harry Manfredini & John Carridi - Theme from Slaughter High. I love Harry, I do, but this song really kind of gives me a headache. I'm sure some of you will enjoy it though.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mad Disco

If you're still longing for more terrible novelty disco after the one two punch of Sesame Street Fever and Sesame Disco, it doesn't get much more terrible, or more disco than Mad Disco.

Sound quality isn't the best, but then I think this record was one of those flexi records that were stuck in the middle of the magazine, so thats to be expected.
  6. IT'S A GAS

Fun fact: Disco Suicide is the greatest song title in the history of mankind.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Peter Steele Dead at 48

And another completely out of nowhere death:

Stolen from Rolling Stone:
"Peter Steele, the deep-voiced singer, songwriter and bassist for Brooklyn’s goth-metal outfit Type O Negative, has passed away at the age of 48. In an e-mail to CBS News, the band’s manager Mike Renault confirmed Steele’s death, writing “Peter passed away last night. As of now it appears to have been heart failure. That’s all the details we have right now.” Steele was rumored to have been ill in the days leading up to his death, Blabbermouth reports.

News of Steele’s death was initially received with disbelief as Steele pulled a hoax in 2005, posting his picture and the years “1962-2005″ on the group’s official website. Soon after, Steele all but disappeared as he battled drug problems and a prison stint. But today as members of Steele’s circle began to confirm his passing, the Type O Negative message boards opened this morning with the message, “Please play nice and expect statements from the band and family later today. Thank you for your understanding and support.”

Type O Negative became one of the most unlikely bands to break into the mainstream in the 1990s with their third album Bloody Kisses, which became the first album released by Roadrunner Records to go platinum. The album boasted rock radio hits “Christian Woman,” a cover of Seals & Crofts’ “Summer Breeze” and the Beavis & Butthead-approved “Black No. 1.” (”These guys are like a cross between Danzig and Megadeth,” Beavis said at the time.) The 6′ 7″ singer recorded seven albums with Type O Negative, the most recent being 2007’s Dead Again, which entered the Billboard 200 at Number 27, the band’s best debut."

As a huge fan of TON's Bloody Kisses and October Rust albums (and their Black Sabbath cover, that scared the hell out of me when I was 13) this is pretty devastating news. I never got too into their later albums but Pete seemed like a great guy with a tremendous voice and a wonderfully dark and bizarre sense of humor. Obviously, he will be missed.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Shock 'Em Dead on DVD!

Director Mark Freed has taken it upon himself to unleash his heavy metal horror masterpiece Shock 'Em Dead on DVD.

Those of you unlucky enough to have not seen this brilliant piece of crap, a brief synopsis. The film stars Stephen Quatros (this Steven Dorff/Dennis Quaid looking motherfucker right here) as Angel Martin, a down on his luck, pizza making weenie who dreams of having Yngwie level shredding abilities. Unfortunately, Angel, like myself, just doesn't really have the chops. Not having access to a time travelling phone booth which he can use to attend a 16-month extensive guitar traing course Angel does what anyone would do. He sells his soul to a demented voodoo lady in the name of Rock 'n' Roll immortality. You can probably figure out the direction the movie takes at this point.

I'm not sure if Mark Freed intended this to be this campy, but I swear this movie is one of the funniest damn things I've ever seen. Add in Traci Lords as Angel's band's manager and scenes of one-man twin guitar action and you've got a surefire recipe for heavy metal horror success. I put this one right up there with Black Roses or Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare.

Anyone who is interested can order the Director's Cut DVD here for $14.95 + $2.95 shipping.

Extra features include:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Mark Freed and the Associate Producer
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes (5:21 minutes running time)
  • Original Audition Tapes, with Picture-in-Picture comparison to the actual scenes in the film. (6:24 minutes running time)
  • Two Photo Galleries (Production Stills & Wardrobe Photos)

My question, how has Warm Up With Traci Lords not had some sort of DVD release. I mean seriously, they would sell millions of these. A bunch of millions.

New Compilation at Illogical Contraption

Miss me? I've been absent of late for a good reason this time. I've gotten, not really a promotion in that there is no monetary increase, but a different title/position at my job. More responsibility, more chances for me to screw something up - plus it's technically two jobs in one - why woud I think they'd give me more money? What am I, an asshole? With this job(s) comes more hours than I've worked in the past few years - since I started Manchester in fact - so I don't have a lot of extra time to do what I feel like doing.

This new job title is good because I get to deal with way less people and their bullshit. I'm not a team player, I'm a "give me a list of shit to do, and leave me to do it by myself" kind of employee. However it's bad because it is absolutely exhausting. A mysterious kind of exhausting where it doesn't seem like you've really done all that much but by the time you get home you are just wiped for the rest of the night and you just feel sleepy, bored and kind of angry. It's the exact same feeling I get when I try to get through an episode of The Cleveland Show.

I've been a bit zombified lately. Not in a cool "infected by experimental military toxins, so I've stopped living and become a mixed-up, flesh-eating zombie" way, more in a Fido worker/helper/drone kind of way. To sum it up, I'm not going anywhere, but until I adjust to my new schedule my posting will probably be less frequent. Of course I've been pretty relaxed with my posting schedule for some time now, so this doesn't really affect anything.

That said, I do have something you guys should dig. I'll now point you towards something I'd been working on this past month for Illogical Contraption - a blog of unparalleled badassery. Shelby Cobras, proprietor of Illogical invited me to take part in their "Bromantic Interludes" series in which they give guests from other blogs a theme and let them have a go at a compilation. My theme was the fine art of "Murder", and I'm kicking myself now for not using the Malevolent Creation song The Fine Art of Murder on my compilation. Drat. Maybe they'll let me do a sequel? Anywho, head on over and check it out.


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