A blog about the things I find accidentally on Spotify while looking for something else

Wednesday, 25 September 2013


Soundtrack to Peter Watkins's (who once gave a lecture I attended when I was at university on his later, scarily long and Marxist films) 1967 dystopian pop film, in which chart throb Paul Jones is subverted into becoming a mouthpiece for the religious right.  The score contains several songs from ex-Manfred Mannster Jones and instrumental music by Mike Leander, plus some rockin' hymns by one George Bean.  There is an interesting progression as the songs begin espousing a position of individualism before crossing over into worship numbers as the album goes on, with melodies recycled.  One song ('Free Me') would later be covered by Patti Smith.  The Jones songs are obviously the stand-out tracks, but the instrumental themes are nice too, with a Barry-esque vibe to some of them.  A surprisingly satisfying and cohesive listen for a soundtrack album.


Thursday, 19 September 2013

Just Released - Dickie Goodman

Before Harold Robbins invented sex in 1963, between the end of the Chatterley ban and the first Beatles LP, if you wanted sexually explicit comedy albums (which many people do) you had to make do with this sort of thing from 1962 - trad and pop songs reworked frat house-style.  The theme of venereal disease is returned to regularly, along with periods and unwanted pregnancy.  You'll probably end up feeling a bit funny.  Tellingly, the final and least filthy track, in which Tennessee Ernie Ford's Sixteen Tons is reworked as a tale of a daughter dating a beatnik, has dated the best.


Tuesday, 10 September 2013

What Do You Say To A Naked Lady? - Steve Karmen

As promised, this week I reveal the nature of the film 'What Do You Say To A Naked Lady?'.  It was in fact a spin-off of Candid Camera (US version) from 1970, and featured real-life reactions to sexually charged stunts, such as a naked woman stepping out of a lift and an interracial couple kissing (one of whom is a pre-Shaft Richard Roundtree).
  This is the groovy soundtrack by one Steve Karmen.  The title theme is a delight.  A song called 'Rape is Not as Easy as it Looks', less so.  A generally pleasant collection of soft-pop sounds, some Rod McKuen-esque narration, plus a song about a tailor which sounds like it was cut out of Oliver! for being too racially insensitive.


Monday, 2 September 2013

Movie Themes From the Past

A collection of Hollywood theme tunes from the late '50s to early '70s.  There are tracks by the greats of the era - Hermann, Jarre, Elmer Bernstein, Quincy Jones, as well songs from Tom Jones, Paul Jones and Joey Dee and the Starlighters.  What is most interesting, however, is that while some of the films from which these themes originate are famous (Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), others have sunk into near-obscurity. Blue Denim, for example, is a teen pregnancy film based on a play by Midnight Cowboy James Leo Herlihy, but it's little-seen now.  And what, pray tell, was 'What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?' about?  This is a question that I will answer in a week's time.