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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Dietz and Schwartz

Published August 18, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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Composed for the 1931 Broadway show The Bandwagon, Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz’s classic tune Dancing in the Dark has found its way into many films, including a self titled offering in 1949 starring William Powell. Of course, many of these movies feature the song with an emphasis on its classic, moody jazz tones – much like this live version by the irreplaceable Sarah Vaughan.

The gloomier implications of its title, though, have helped this distinguished number find a home in a number of horror projects including 1988’s Twice Dead and 1995’s Lord of Illusions. Nicely, the version in the latter film was dominated, ominously, by avant garde singing sensation Diamanda Galas.

Meanwhile, Dietz and Schwartz, whose other well known compositions include That’s Entertainment and I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plans, are given a nice career overview at https://masterworksbroadway.com/artist/howard-dietz-and-arthur-schwartz/.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Tina B

Published August 11, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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One of the most talented ladies of dance and pop music in the’80s, the magnetic Tina B should have had a much bigger career than she was allowed. Her hit Honey to the Bee showed her off to great advantage…

She also gave horror fans a sonic tease by co-writing Wake Up Call, performed by Ian Hunter on the soundtrack for the cult classic The Wraith.

Thankfully, this talented mistress o’ tune is ripe for discovery and still hitting the online airwaves at www.tinab.tv/.

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Deb, Creepozoids and Hope!

Published August 10, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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It’s hard to find the gratitude sometimes, right?!? Money worries, career concerns, the state of the world, seasonal depressions… But you grab what you can when you can and sometimes the littlest things can turn you around.

My friend Deborah Dutch was visiting this past weekend. As we chatted and prepped for our evening adventures, I noticed my copy of the recently released Creepozoids soundtrack on vinyl. I asked her to pose with it…and, suddenly, life seemed kind of cool again.

As an overview, I was lucky enough to interview horror queen Linnea Quigley for the liner notes for this Terror Visions product. The fact that Deb is often associated with her, having appeared as an actress in such projects as Hard to Die, Sorority Girls and the Creature from Hell and others, made this photo pairing seem like electric kismet. (Deb and Linnea actually even appear together in a scene in the cult slasher film Graduation Day!) This simple photo op made me realize how cool my life is. I have some amazingly creative friends and have been able to work on interesting projects. I’m also sure I’m not the only one in this position. I have a hopeful feeling that any person reading this right now can say the same about their life.

So, here’s to the vibrant connections that make our existences special!

Meanwhile, if you have exploitation soundtrack fever, Terror Vision is always uncovering amazing, rare celluloid tunes. http://www.terror-vision.com/.

Deb is also creating her own projects on the spectacular, as well. https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodwarrioress/

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Debbie Harry

Published July 29, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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Before she began a healthy run of horror and science fiction roles with 1983’s Videodrome, the incomparable Debbie Harry flirted with spacey themes via her 1981 solo recording debut Koo Koo. Featuring cover art from Aliens HR Giger and futuristic production work from Chic’s Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards, this LP continued the artist’s eclectic pursuit of musical exploration, but was considered a critical and financial failure upon its initial release.

The passage of time, of course, has led many fans to reconsider this incredibly varied and truly interesting work from a group of creative individuals in the prime of their careers.

Harry, whose other genre credits include the anthology features Tales from the Darkside: The Movie and Body Bags, continues to dive into new sonic adventures to this day. You can keep up with her always noteworthy journeys at www.blondie.net.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Joan Blondell

Published July 21, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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She was one of Warner Brother’s brightest, sassiest dames in the ‘30s. The distinctive Joan Blondell also found recognition in such ‘70s MFTV horror flicks as The Dead Don’t Die and Death at Love House. Joan Death at Love

But whatever era she found herself in, she was always her simply irreplaceable self…most particularly in this production number by the influential and equally singular Busby Berkeley.

Also of significance here are the haunting vocals of Etta Moten. Moten appeared in a number of fun Warner Brothers pictures, including the WIP epic Ladies They Talk About, but was never allowed to reach her full potential, cinematically, due to the racism inherent in that (and, unfortunately, every) decade.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Martha Davis

Published July 14, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

328544CB-1210-4548-8F22-52AD352601CAShe possesses one of the most unique and powerful voices in pop and New Wave music. Thankfully, The Motels’ irreplaceable Martha Davis also lent her talents to Dreams, a song featured in Night of the Creeps, Fred Dekker’s genuine horror cult favorite.

Thankfully, akin to Terri Nunn from Berlin, Davis’ popularity has recently surged due to an elastic stretch of ‘80s nostalgia. She and other members of The Motels are consistently touring and creating new music.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Barbara Cook

Published July 7, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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She was one of the queens of the Broadway stage and the cabaret circuit. But the multi-talented Barbara Cook also took a turn towards the gothic as one of Hitchcock’s famously conflicted blondes in the A Little Sleep episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Long considered to possess one of the sweetest, nuanced soprano voices, Cook was a 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree and, appropriately, received many other honors (including a Tony Award) before her death in 2017 at the age of 89.

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