Monday, September 25, 2006

Various Artists

Return of the Living Dead Soundtrack
Enigma/Restless 1985

Pretty hokey by today's standards, but this punked out (1985-style) soundtrack to one of the first zombie movie revival flicks - and a pretty hot one to boot- was a really big deal at the time. Not only did some very cool acts on the Enigma label get some mainstream exposure, it was the first thing that we heard from The Cramps for at least a couple of years, after IRS stranded them in some contractual gulag. Their Surfin' Dead was a taste of the madness to shortly come when they unleashed A Date With Elvis a year later. Another hot-shit track is The Flesheater's Eyes Without a Face, where Chris D sounds like he's gargling Liquid Plumber.
There's a few pre-Goth horror punk staples; the Damned make an appearance, as well as the vastly overated TSOL. 45 Grave do a metal anthem that would make Quiet Riot proud. Sheesh, it's hard to believe that this is the same band that did White Cross or I Got Fucked By the Devil! SSQ embarass everyone one with a few songs that were dated sounding (whomp-whack electronic drums) ten minutes after they were cut.
Another truly amazing track is Roky Erickson's Burn the Flames, used to great effect in the film.
This soundtrack went out of print awhile back, and even cassettes of it fetched high prices for a spell. Mine is a little odd - not too surprising considering that I dredged it up from Russian sources - in that it includes the title music, not seen on any issues of the album. Hmmm.

Track list:
1.) Main Title -- Matt Clifford
2.) Surfin' Dead -- The Cramps
3.) Partytime (Zombie version) -- 45 Grave
4.) Nothing For You -- TSOL
5.) Eyes Without A Face -- The Flesheaters
6.) Burn the Flames -- Rocky Erickson
7.) Deadbeat Dance -- The Damned
8.) Take A Walk -- Tall Boys
9.) Love Under Will -- The Jet Black Berries
10.) Tonight (We'll Make Love Until We Die) -- SSQ
11.) Trash's Theme -- SSQ

I think it's been picked up by Ryko, and may or may not be OoP again.

re-upped on 10/12


Blogger DEATH TO FALSE BLOGS said...

uou , sounds great , what is this about , what tsol era ?

3:43 AM  
Blogger Chardman said...

I'm assuming 1985.

5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please reup Return of the Living Dead soundtrack. My copy got stolen awhile back and it is nearly impossible to replace these days. Thanks a ton.

11:39 AM  

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