Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Thing With No Heads! - A Manchester Morgue Compilation

Here is another compilation I just finished working on. This is a follow-up to my Novelty Cigarette Lighter of Doom and Werewolf in Unnecessarily Short Gym Shorts compilations. These are all songs that share a title with a movie. Most of these don't actually have anything to do with the movie they share a title with, but I don't think anyone is really too worried about that.

As you'll see, this is a rather eclectic assortment of music, from Horror Punk, to Swedish Pop to Death Metal to whatever the hell you'd call the music The Tear Garden perform, with a bit of Horror Surf thrown in for good measure. It's mixed up enough to where everyone should find something they like and something they hate. But hopefully it'll be a fun compilation to check out.

Here are the tracks, I've put them up in no particular order. I'll like to let you decide how you want to listen to them. I've put IMDB links on a few of them for movies people might not realize are movies.

White Zombie - Spiderbaby
The Birthday Massacre - Neverending Story
The Haunted - Pieces
Bad Religion - Better Off Dead
Calabrese - Children of the Night
Gein and the Graverobbers - M
45 Grave - Evil
The Butthole Surfers - Dust Devil
Tristania - Equilibrium
The Cure - Last Dance
Wolf - The Curse
Burn To Black - The Vanishing
The Goblins - Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
The Goblins - Blood Drinkers
Warlock - Kiss of Death
Wolf - Ravenous
The Killcreeps - Human Monster
Holy Fuck - Safari
collection D'Arnell Andrea - Island of the Dead
ABBA - I've Been Waiting For You
Tear Garden - The Running Man

Get Heads

Here are some notes on a few of the song/movie title choices:

The Goblins - These guys have nothing to do with Goblin (who I believe I've seen listed as The Goblins on a movie before). These guys are kind of a loving tribute to The Misfits, but not quite. Kind of a Spinal Tap of horror punk, maybe? This guy right here seems to know the whole story. I put two of their songs on here because one of them was only 41 seconds long.

ABBA - I've Been Waiting For You - This was a TV movie from 1998 starring Ben Foster, Punky Brewster and Hot Becky.

The Butthole Surfers - Dust Devil - An ode to Lucifer, turkey and vacuums. I had to edit this one down, it's like 8 minutes long and over 5 of those minutes are just really noisy guitar freak-out wankery.

Be sure to look out for my next compilations, Bands That Share Their Name With Movie Titles, and Songs By Bands That Inspired Another Band's Name. That'll make more sense when I actually post them.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lars Anderson - Hellraiser: Hellworld

Hellraiser: Hellworld, the 8th(!) chapter in the Hellraiser series. A pretty mediocre entry overall, there is one good reason to check this one out and it's not Pinhead's ever so slightly expanding belly (sorry Doug, I kid, I kid). That reason? Underrated Canadian beauty Katheryn Winnick, an actress who I've enjoyed seeing since I caught her in the fairly dreadful (in my opinion) Jeff Lieberman film Satan's Little Helper. Most recently she was in a horror film called Amusement, which while well shot, just wasn't particularly good. The villian's name is The Laugh, I mean really, what the fuck is that?

Aside from being ridiculously attractive she's also got pretty decent acting chops (she was on House - that's a thing, right?), she's a licensed body guard and she can kick your ass Tae Kwon Do style if she were so inclined. She'll be starring in the new Paul Giamatti/Emily Watson film Cold Souls, so maybe that'll get her a little more exposure.

Anyway, back to Lars' music. This looks to be the highest profile film he's worked on, but the music is quite well done. It's effectively moody and eerie, while never veering into cheesy territory. I think it's pretty excellent actually, check it out.

The tracklist:
01. Main Title (2:39)
02. Chelsea In The Attic (1:33)
03. Ghost Love Theme (1:40)
04. The Specimen Room (5:10)
05. Rescuing Chelsea (2:47)
06. Reflections (2:20)
07. Pinhead Goes To Work (1:14)
08. At The Library (1:47)
09. Chased Again (3:00)
10. Surreal (1:14)
11. Jake & Chelsea (3:12)
12. Someone Is Coming (2:48)
13. Puzzlebox Theme (2:00)
14. Spinning Blades (3:03)
15. Cenobites On Her Nice Tail (1:47) - See, they like Katherine too.
16. Someone Is Coming 2 (2:31)
17. Ending (1:27)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Joe Hisaishi - Robot Carnival

This is the music from the 1987 anime film Robot Carnival - known to the Japanese as Robotto kânibaru. Masahisa Takeichi, Isaku Fujita, and Jô Hisaishi are all listed as composers on Soundtrack Collector.

I actually once found a copy of this at my favorite pawn shop (a thing greatly lacking in the area I've moved to) for $2. I don't have it anymore because someone offered me $50 for it, and as a perpetually unrich individual, it was an offer I couldn't refuse. 

1. Coming Soon - Opening (03:54)
2. Niwa-Tori Otoko to Akai Kubi #1 (03:33)
3. Niwa-Tori Otoko to Akai Kubi #4 (01:09)
4. Raihosha (01:37)
5. Deprive (03:42)
6. Presence III (02:47)
7. Presence V (01:15)
8. -Wa- (01:59)
9. -Sai- (04:27)
10. Nani? (00:45)
Music by Isaku Fujita
11. Struggle (01:59)
Music by Isaku Fujita
12. Ora (03:37)
Music by Isaku Fujita
13. Heart & Hand (04:11)
Melody by Joe Hisaishi; Arrangement by Masahisa Takeichi
14. Merry-Go-Round (03:08)
Melody by Joe Hisaishi; Arrangement by Masahisa Takeichi
15. Unit 1 (02:46)
16. Unit 2 (04:26)
17. Niwa-Tori Otoko to Akai Kubi #2 (01:54)
18. Niwa-Tori Otoko to Akai Kubi #3 (03:14)
19. Battle (04:10)
20. Presence II (01:12)
21. Presence IV (02:50)
22. Prologue (00:39)
Music by Isaku Fujita
23. In the White Cloud (01:19)
Music by Isaku Fujita
24. Silent (01:10)
Music by Isaku Fujita
25. Twilight - [bridge] (00:47)
Music by Isaku Fujita
26. Buruu na Kimochi (03:11)
Melody by Joe Hisaishi; Arrangement by Masahisa Takeichi
27. See You Again - Ending (03:19)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Kolobos vs. Suspiria

This was supposed to go on my next compilation, but I only have a handful of tracks lined up for a new compilation, so here goes. When watching the 1999 film Kolobos, I couldn't help but notice the theme's striking similarity to Goblin's theme from Suspiria. This isn't just kind of close, this is like lawsuity similar. I assume, given Kolobos Argento-ian touches that pop up from time to time, that this was probably meant to be more homage than rip off. Have a listensee:

This is blasphemy I realize, but I kinda like the Kolobos one a bit better. One reason, that sound in Suspiria that sounds like they recorded Marangolo while he was tuning a drum. Really, really slowly. You know what I'm talking about. Drives me nuts. Suspiria is the better picture, hands down, but I've gotta give the edge to Kolobos' theme, even though they pretty much stole the entire thing from Goblin.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Episode 306 - Time of the Apes

This is episode 306 of Mystery Science Theater, a sort of Japanese Planet of the Apes called Time of the Apes. Time of the Apes was one of 10 Sandy Frank distributed films that appeared on the show throughout the first 3 seasons. Sandy (for the 9 MST fans who don't know) was well known for taking Japanese movies like Gamera or Fugitive Alien, dubbing them into English and unleashing them on American audiences. This is one of those films. Well, technically Time of the Apes wasn't even really a film before Frank got his hands on it. It was actually edited together using several episodes of the 1974 Planet of the Apes inspired Japanese show Esuefu dorama saru no gundan(Army of the Apes). Kind of like Episode K10, Cosmic Princess, which was comprised of two episodes of Space 1999. Only with more Japanese people poorly dubbed into English and given American names.

I haven't made a cover for this one because I can't find one bit of decent looking artwork, or any good screenshots. I've actually started one using a Japanese Planet of the Apes poster, but I don't know if I'll finish it. I'll continue to try and find an image to work with, but until then you can check out Joshway's site and grab a very classy and stylish cover, like the one below.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Midnight Tales - Approved By The Comics Code Authority!

Sorry about the several day gap between posts, I just haven't had time. Trying to get back into the swing of it here (what does that mean), so this is the 18 issue Charlton series Midnight Tales. The series ran from 1973 to 1976 and you can check them out right underneath this sentence.

Things To Watch For (Now with visual evidence!)

Forlorn Android Painters

Werewolf Vest

Toddler Mohawk

Sorbus, Goosestepping Magician

Uh, I think McGruff's creators owe this guy some money.


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