May
07
2008
2

The End

10945790_gal.jpg These are two remarkable Disco remakes of John Carpenter‘s original soundtrack for Assault On Precinct 13

Although they were not the work of the master (but of Ralf Henning, a composer specialised in the adaptation of successful OSTs to the dancefloor), the two versions in preview were first released under Carpenter’s own name in 1982.
I don’t know whether J. Carpenter gave his approval and this is actually a complete different story.

The Splash Band – The End (Disco Version) (1984)

The Splash Band – The End (Sound Version) (1984)
(The track name comes from the German title of the movie: Das Ende.)

For comparison purpose, the original score from 1976:

John Carpenter – Assault On Precinct 13 Main theme

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May
07
2008
0

Arrival At The Library

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Snake: I want to meet this Duke.
Cabbie: You can't meet the Duke,
are you crazy?
Nobody wants to meet the Duke!
You meet him once and then you're dead!
Snake points the gun more insistently.
Tough.
EXT. BRAIN'S BUILDING -- NIGHT
Cabbie parks the cab and he and Snake walk
up to a building.

John Carpenter – Arrival At The Library (1981)

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Apr
07
2008
11

Disco Alien

nostromo.jpg A Disco cash-in version of the Jerry Goldsmith‘s original score.
Released the same year as the movie, in 1979.

The long and creepy soundscapes have been removed in favour of plain 4/4 beats. Not memorable but somewhat fun (in a sense).

Nostromo – Alien
Nostromo – Around The World In 80 Seconds

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Mar
30
2008
0

Amityville

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Lalo Schifrin has composed the score of the original movie “The Amityville Horror“. The soundtrack released on Casablanca Records included a disco remake of the theme with a full re-orchestration and the same disturbing voices.

Lalo Schifrin – Amityville Frenzy (1979)

 

(Listen to the original main theme)

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Mar
15
2008
1

World X

per-vivere-meglio.jpg The soundtrack of an unknown comedy to me:
Per vivere meglio, divertitevi con noi.

It’s great Italian Disco.

Angella Dean – World X (1978)

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Mar
10
2008
0

Co-Co Boy

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This minimalist but very funky tune was the main theme for the strip tease sequences in a French TV show called Co-Co Boy. It was broadcast throughout the early 80s on saturday on prime time (!) television – only female topless mind you, no full frontal nudity. But yes: it was not restricted to adult viewing only.

Jean Schultheis – Playmate (1982)

This theme is in fact the instrumental-only section of another song, named Bébé Bop, from the same artist and released the same year. This specific version has been a bit slowed down compared to the original, some extra moanings and whispered vocals have also been added on top.

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Feb
21
2008
3

City Of The Dead

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Yet other home-made tracks, meant to be ghastly this time. Some kind of a Post Apocalyptic Z Day setting mixed with a John Carpenter-infused soundtrack. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Logan + Ménard – City Of The Dead (2007)

Logan + Ménard – Wastelands (2007)

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Jan
31
2008
7

Zombie!

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That’s a fact, I’m a Fabio Frizzi (living?) dead fanboy. I’ve already posted about my true fascination towards his work a few months ago, but I couldn’t stop just there. Frizzi has scored Lucio Fulci‘s so-called Living Dead trilogy from A to Z and only one of these three impressive themes has been previously presented in these pages. Now I hope the mistake is properly corrected.

The first track is probably his most famous score and can be heard in the movie Zombi 2 while the second one, which is a variation on the same theme, is used in Paura nella città dei morti viventi.

Fabio Frizzi & Giorgio Tucci – Zombie (1979)

Fabio Frizzi – Apoteosi Del Mistero (1980)

Of course, I could not decently post on the subject without mentioning the splendid tribute produced by Legowelt to one of the greatest masters of the Horror soundtrack genre.

Legowelt – Congo Zombie (2005)

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Dec
12
2007
0

Disco Star Wars

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In order to end the weird space-opera-to-disco chapter (first initiated with Star Trek and then with Battlestar Galactica), now here’s finally Star Wars. Same recipe as the others, the result ends up being as approximate (maybe worse) but it’s quite fun in its own way.

Re-arranged by Meco Monardo and Harold Wheeler in 1977, it’s their second fair try in the genre (after an album inspired by Close Encounters Of The Third Kind) and even if it ultimately falls short it is still enjoyable to some degree.

Meco – Star Wars Title Theme

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Dec
11
2007
0

Battlestar Galactica

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Battlestar Galactica fans don’t have to envy their Trekkie counterparts (see previous ticket). They have their own theme makeover too.

Released in 1978, the Music From “Battlestar Galactica” And Other Original Compositions contains remakes of the series themes on the A side (mostly written by Glen Larson and Stu Phillips) and produced by Harold Faltermeyer while on the B side Giorgio Moroder provides a 15-minute-long original composition. Not the very best of their work but worth it nonetheless.

Harold Faltermeyer – Theme From “Battlestar Galactica”

Harold Faltermeyer – It’s Love, Love, Love

Giorgio Moroder – Evolution

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Dec
11
2007
3

Disco Warp 7

dj-spock.jpg They did it. And the almighty The Universal Robot Band is responsible for this, not mindblowing but rather fun.

In fact, not much has changed compared to the original Alexander Courage‘s version… it’s just more Disco. From their Freak In The Light Of The Moon album in 1978.

The Universal Robot Band – Disco Trek (Star Trek Theme)

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Dec
01
2007
1

Deep Red

The very first OST from Goblin for Dario Argento‘s Profondo Rosso and its disco cover song.

Goblin – Profondo Rosso (1975)

City Center – Profondo Rosso (1984)

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Dec
01
2007
6

The Ghost That Walks

Dark. Gritty. Abrasive. Grim. Detroit electro on a gloomy night. The Ghost That Walks is all of this… and more. This bloke produces quality music (and he’s a nice guy BTW), highly inspired by both John Carpenter and the old-school electro masters from the D.

The Ghost That Walks – The Machine (2007)

The Ghost That Walks – 7 Deadly Sons (2007)

The Ghost That Walks – Urban Jungle (2007)

He is still unsigned and struggles to get a record deal, what a shame.

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Nov
30
2007
2

Season Of The Witch

A Halloween movie sequel without Michael Myers? It did happen and I’m talking about Halloween III: Season of the Witch here. The movie was… well, below average. But the score was up big time. Thanks to John Carpenter with the help of Alan Howarth.

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth – Goodbye Ellie (1982)

(And it will obviously not be the last ticket devoted to John Carpenter as I am one of his self-confessed zealots)

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Nov
29
2007
0

Le Messager

Not disco at all, not even electronic, but nonetheless worth listening. The OST of Joseph Losey‘s The Go-Between by Michel Legrand.

Michel Legrand – Theme From “Le Messager” (1972)

Interesting trivia, the main theme from the French TV documentaries Faites Entrer L’Accusé is directly inspired by this piece of work. The piano melody from the intro is almost identical (section not included in the preview).

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Nov
28
2007
1

Plants and Life

I don’t know much about Joël Fajerman except that he used to produce a lot of soundtracks for the French television during the eighties.

Anyway, his whole work is really inspiring. Just take a listen to the main theme for a French series called l’Aventure Des Plantes and make up your own opinion.

Joël Fajerman – Flowers Love (1982)

For all you curious people over here, Flowers Love has been played using a Prophet V (main theme and soundscape layers) and an Arp Odyssey (with a resonant filter, for the distinct ‘voice-like’ sound) and sequenced through a 16-step analog Arp sequencer.

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Nov
26
2007
0

Street Hawk

Street Hawk is the archetype of the 80’s series, the story is in the same vein as Airwolf or Knight Rider but the final result is a bit weaker than its direct competitors IMO. The music score is quite good though. Thanks to Tangerine Dream‘s know-how.

Tangerine Dream – Le Parc (1985)

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Nov
26
2007
2

Voices From Nowhere

Almost exclusively known for his soundtracks for Lucio Fulci’s movies, Fabio Frizzi perfects his art in 1980 for the movie The Beyond. Impressive piece of work, multi-layered (not that rare for a euro-horror movie soundtrack but worth noting) and with a simple but haunting theme.

I always used to think that Frizzi’s scores were out of touch with the pictures from Fulci, but in fact it is for the best: this is an original score and the proof that Frizzi is a great composer.

This is the movie main theme (watch out for the incredible flute),

Fabio Frizzi – Voci Dal Nulla

On a side note, High Contrast – Everything’s Different samples it with great effect

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