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Music to Make Horror Movies By: My Gold Mask, “Leave Me Midnight”

Published December 31, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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When I mix Siouxsie and Robyn, all I get is a mess. But, when sexy, giallo inspired rock ‘n’ roll architects like My Gold Mask do it? They create a moody, Italian-esque masterpiece like Leave Me Midnight.

This sophisticated slab of wax has been praised by many, since its spring 2013 release, including the editors of Rue Morgue Magazine. One of the throaty, reminiscent tracks will even being featured during an emotional scene of the January 20th, 2014 episode of Being Human , as well. So, it is no surprise that every one of the ten tracks contained, here, would drape, perfectly, over the shoulders of vintage era Martino style sirens like Dagmar Lassander and Edwige Fenech.

mgmThe whole affair reaches its summery nadir with the beautifully fun Burn Like the Sun, but what is so impressive about this chilly, cobwebbed pop as a whole, is its strong emotional underpinnings. Lead singer Gretta Rochelle artfully conveys life’s scariest textures – its uncertainties and its emotional regrets – but also makes the whole mess sound so mysteriously exotic that one is compelled to join her (and cohorts Jack Armando and James Andrew) as she travels, bravely, where Night Falls, lost so passionately in her ever buzzing head.

Leave Me Midnight is truly one of this year’s best.

Purchase details and other haunting, furtive details about My Gold Mask can be obtained at http://www.mygoldmask.com.

Midwest residents can ring in the New Year with My Gold Mask, as well, when they perform with Pickwick at Schubas in Chicago on the 31st. That event is featured at https://www.facebook.com/events/558657687561965/.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Asia Argento, “Total Entropy”

Published December 22, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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Everyone looks better in pink vinyl! Euro horror legend Asia Argento proved she was no exception with the release of her musical soundscape Total Entropy earlier this year.

With every track creating a moody and dark (yet dance worthy) vibe, this seductive femme proves she knows her fan base. Even the backing to a song like CheeseAndEggs (which details the emotional routines involved with breakfast consumption) seems like it belongs behind the action of a grimy George Romero flick. Vampy concerns a girlfriend who is a “lesbo vampire” while the song with the most interesting title My Stomach is the most violent of Italy is actually one of the most musically complex, as well.

Placebo fans will rejoice at Argento’s collaboration with Brian Molko, a fun reimagining of Serge Gainsbourg’s Je t’aime moi non plus while others will definitely want to join this chameleon-like chanteuse at the Sexodrome, pronto!

Until the next time – keep your Asia love going strong by following her at
https://twitter.com/AsiaArgento — and SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Jessica Walter, “Why Can’t You Behave?”

Published December 15, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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Oh, the double standards! Its okay for the 95 year old with the elk tattoo on her stomach to parade around the lobby of our building in a Dracula string bikini- but not me!!! What??!!??

Walter, going crazy, in Misty!

Walter, going crazy, in Misty!

Similarly, it seems its perfectly acceptable for the divine Jessica Walter, perhaps best known to some as Arrested Development ‘s caustic Lucille Bluth, to cause massive amounts of mayhem in genre projects like Play Misty for Me (1971), TV Christmas slasher Home for the Holidays (1972), Doctor Strange (1978) and Ghost in the Machine (1993) – but introduce her to one wayward gentleman and she wonders why he can’t behave!

Yes, in the “She Can Do It All” sweepstakes, the eclectic Walter sang the role of Bianca/Lois Lane in a 1968 television production of Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me Kate, which was also released as a limited edition LP. This proves, at long last, that Belinda Carlisle’s theory is true. Heaven is a place on earth!!! (Bloody Jessica Walter walking earth!!!)

Delicious Walter as the delicious Morgan LeFay! Doctor Strange

Delicious Walter as the delicious Morgan LeFay! Doctor Strange


So, worship that red dress and — Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Music to Make Horror Films By: Odetta, “Odetta Sings of Many Things”

Published December 1, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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The black lipstick wearing, Amy Lee worshipping, multi-pierced gopher living down the hallway from me needs only one thing to dive, wholly, into the Gothic life style. She needs a little Odetta on her life soundtrack.

One of the pioneers of the 60s Folk Scene, Odetta inspired everyone from (presumably) Bob Dylan to Joan Baez, but while her fame may reside in granola strewn galleries – her voice is full of gallows darkness and haunted beauty.

Her 1964 recording Odetta Sings of Many Things includes several numbers that could accompany any twisted coven meeting or underplay the macabre plotting of your favorite serial killer. Opening number Troubled is full of strands of a silken brand of punk. Odetta’s resolve to keep on moving as life attacks her is as youthful as any cherished Jawbreaker track. The deep, resonant valleys of her voice, also, bring potent power to the twisted meanness of Katy Cruel and the menacing sexual aggression of Anathea, as well. Four Marys, meanwhile, focuses on bloody, violence fraught history – not the bitchy queens who populate your local bar.

While none of these songs, unfortunately, are available video-style, this classic take on House of the Rising Sun illustrates the deep, horror filled sorrow that Odetta could capture within her sound.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Music to Make Horror Movies By: Audrey Landers, “Dallas Feels Like Home”

Published November 24, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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Coming full circle is usually a good thing. Well, unless you are talking my stomach after the holidays. Not so good, that!

As 'Miri' on Battlestar

As ‘Miri’ on Battlestar

Fans of gorgeously talented blondes, though, have been giddy about the deserved resurgence of Audrey Landers, whose easy going glow always made her seem like one of the sweetest divas that television had to offer. Landers, of course, is best known for her 8 year run as songstress Afton Cooper on the original Dallas and for her committed hoofing in the glitzy film version of A Chorus Line. But, this eclectic wonder has earned her genre stripes with performances in such giddy exploitation epics as Deadly Twins (85), Getting Even (86) and Ghost Writer (89). Memorable guest shots on shows like Battlestar Galactica and The Hitchhiker and a role in the little seen horror comedy Highcliff Manor earn her howls of terror fiend delight, as well.

The popularity of TNT’s Dallas remount has benefited, greatly, by including Landers in the mix and this revival has, seemingly, inspired a beautiful new recording from Landers entitled, appropriately, Dallas Feels Like Home.audrey deadly twins

Full of lush 80’s style balladry and pop music magic, this disc contains 11 songs all either written or arranged by Landers and her talented musician son, Daniel. Here, lush story songs (the touching, fun Still Dreams to Dream) stand beside powerfully pretty declarations of survival (Through the Eyes of Winter). Monte Carlo is a sprinkling of exotic Beach Boys magic while Let Me Down Gently is one of the simplest odes of surrender ever committed to tape. Soap opera fanatics, of course, will thrill to the subtly implied passions of Steal Me Away, the popular song that Landers wrote for her initial Dallas stint. The full version is heard, for the first time, on this recording.

Of course, the professionalism of this venture should come as no surprise to Landers’ devoted followers. She maintained a successful singing career, with great overseas’ popularity, for decades.

Dallas Feels Like Home can be purchased at

http://www.AudreyLanders.com

Just in time for Black Friday, her Christmas recording is, also, available, here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/you-came-to-me-on-christmas/id485234682

You Came To Me On Christmas

You Came To Me On Christmas

Buy from Amazon

Be sure to follow her on Twitter and Facebook, as well:

http://www.Twitter.com/AudreyLanders

http://www.facebook.com/AudreyLandersOfficial

Until the next time, as I investigate how to become an honorary Landers sister, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

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Rockin’ The House by the Cemetery with Hotlips Messiah!

Published November 21, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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Usually, as I attempt to clone an American version of Italian terror goddess Dagmar Lassander, the only soundtrack I have to work to is the hiss of frazzled bolts of lightning and the scorched sighs of my rapidly frying equipment.

Luckily, kick-ass punkers Hotlips Messiah have just released a fantabulous single based on Fulci’s House by the Cemetery, the gruesomely fun flick in which Lassander plays doomed real estate agent, Laura Gittleson. dagmar

The single is, appropriately, titled House by the Cemetery and it is loads of loud, fan-loving fun! Best of all – it is free to listen to and can be owned, completely and totally, for only a $1.

Be sure to check it out at http://hotlipsmessiah666.bandcamp.com/track/house-by-the-cemetery

And – Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Anthony Perkins, “On a Rainy Afternoon”

Published November 17, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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Chocolate syrup on your hot dog, that three-way with the kleptomaniac butcher and the serial killer (whom doubled as a mid-wife for zoo wolves)…these are things that you just don’t want to try a second time.

Well, that is the way horror treasure Anthony Perkins should have felt after his 1958 full length album On a Rainy Afternoon. Me, sing? Never again!!! Unless it’s as a maniacally obsessed preacher under the direction of Ken Russell, that is. (1984’s Crimes of Passion, yo!)

Recorded in 1958, two years before his life was irrevocably linked with Psycho and Norman Bates, On a Rainy Afternoon finds Perkins warbling on such well established tunes like Miss Otis Regrets, I Remember You and Why Was I Born? Unlike many film stars, who choose to back their meek musical stylings with lush, full blown orchestral arrangements, our honorable Anthony wisely places himself in front of a nimble, fully realized jazz sextet here.

Unfortunately, producer Fred Reynolds allows Perkins to strain, often, for notes his pleasant yet weak voice simply cannot reach. Modern listeners, as well, will find it hard to divorce themselves from the fact that this is everyone’s favorite Hitchockian psychopath gamely syncopating on the tunes of Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart and Jerome Kern. Perkins’ tone is that distinctive.

Witness:

Ah, well. (A voice only a mother could love, I guess.)

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan

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