Did I Just…Oh, Yes…Yes! Yes! Yes! I Had A Scoregasm!
Posted on February 28, 2011
I needed to lighten up a little in this week’s Monday post, so I thought I’d chat about something kinda fun. Ready? Here we go. I’ve been teased for years about my love for soundtracks. Well, okay, I’ll be honest. I’ve been teased about my love of b-movie soundtracks. Sure, I love some of the big budget ones–something by Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Vangelis–but what about the others? What about the rarities? I always said I’d die a happy man if four specific scores were released on CD. And you know what? The fourth one has just been release! This doesn’t bode well for my mortality.
Remember those films from your youth that just made your imagination run wild? And the music, even if they were songs from pop artists? Those were the days and they honestly aren’t making them like that anymore. When was the last time we had a soundtrack released with the sheer number of memorable tunes like in Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Top Gun or Pretty In Pink? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Incidentally, I’m still waiting for the release of Lovelines and I suspect I’ll be waiting a really, really long time. But the actual scores themselves?
I looked for years for the elusive Megaforce soundtrack. There was supposed to be one. The movie posters I’ve collected over the years even list it on there, so what happened to it? The film tanked, so nothing ever got released. Mind you, Megaforce was a huge driving push for me to become a writer. It engaged my imagination like few ever did and I was very, very fortunate to get actor Barry Bostwick (the lead actor in Megaforce) to read Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell before it was published and offer a blurb for the back cover. How cool is that? The only thing cooler was getting my hands on that soundtrack, which is the most recent release of the four on my wish list. It’ll be delivered sometime this week if I’m lucky.
There were two 3-D films from my teens that I frequently found myself kicking back and humming the score from when not watching them on VHS (and, later, DVD); Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone and Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn. Some would say the scores were better than the films, but I tend to think of them as complimenting each other. Elmer Bernstein’s sweeping motifs and theme gives Spacehunter character while Richard Band provides Metalstorm with a heroic, driving pulse. Both of these scores finally saw a release in the last couple of years.
My fourth selection turned out to be, of all things, released as T.C. Blake (like an Alan Smithee film). That means the director disowned the final version of the film, usually because of studio meddling. In the case of Nightlyers, I haven’t been able to figure out why Robert Collector had his name removed. It might be worth tracking him down and asking. Regardless, I fell in love with composer Doug Timm’s dark, haunting melodies. It’s unfortunate that it’s his only feature film release; he was murdered just as his career was taking off.
All four of these films (well, three with one about to be) have found their way into my collection, which means I’m going to have update my wish list. I think it’s about time we finally had official releases for Battle Beyond The Stars, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and The Legend of Billy Jean.
Okay, so, I’m curious. Fess up. What’s on your wish list?
Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the novella Falling Awake, its sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant and Falling Awake III: Requiem.
2 Responses to “Did I Just…Oh, Yes…Yes! Yes! Yes! I Had A Scoregasm!”
Dorien Grey says:
February 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm
Any score with a Theramin.
February 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm
Really? Why’s that?