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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Goldie Hawn and Liza Minnelli

Published September 9, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan

 

CBS television special 'Goldie and Liza Together,' September 22, 1979

Just like me, Goldie Hawn and Liza Minnelli have never quite made the curve. While my lack is probably imaginary and (possibly) self-inflicted, the only way Hawn and Minnelli didn’t quite got into the groove was with their horror credits.

But…Hawn did face down the terrors of an abusive ex in the 1991 thriller Deceived and is an integral part of the catty craziness of Death Becomes Her, a much loved take on body modification (that has many campy elements of terror). Minnelli, meanwhile, has provided gothic back-up vocals for both Alice Cooper and My Chemical Romance…earning her place in the hearts of everyone on eyeliner spectrum – from drag to punk rock.

In 1980 these two icons joined forces for Goldie and Liza Together… a truly colorful television special, indicative not only of the era but of the incredible talents involved.

The show aired twice, to less than stellar ratings, but it will forever remain a favorite to those who actually experienced in all of its initial flaming glory.

Goldie Liza Duo

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: The Weather Girls

Published July 15, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan

The Weather Girls

The sassy novelty of The Weather Girls’ huge hit It’s Raining Men has found it a placement in such disparate films as Easy Money, Eraser, Stuck on You and Vampires Suck.

But the unstoppable team of Izora Armstead and Martha Wash knew their way around songs of every distinction. For instance, Big Girls Don’t Cry, their second album, found them doing a variety of covers – one of the more anthemic being their powerful take on John Fogerty’s Down on the Corner.

 Currently, Wash still has a deserved place in the public eye, but the unfortunate passing of Armstead in 2004 means we will never see these two multi-talented performers reunite. Still, their work, from their early days backing up disco icon Sylvester to their own lauded output, will live on forever in the hearts of their fans and those who, thankfully, are still discovering them anew.

Weather Girls cover

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Bette Davis

Published April 22, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan

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After her role in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Bette Davis became the goddess of the Grand Guignol horror film. Her presence electrified such projects as Dead Ringer, The Nanny, Burnt Offerings and The Secret of Harvest Home.

While not as celebrated  as Baby Jane, Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte was another solid offering in the scare sweepstakes. Nominated for numerous Academy Awards (including one for supporting actress Agnes Moorhead), this production was, originally, supposed to reunite Davis with Jane co-star Joan Crawford. Crawford took ill, though, and was replaced by Olivia De Havilland, who gives a ghoulishly intense performance as Bette’s determined rival.

Here, Davis, the master of the television interview, sings Charlotte’s theme song on one such appearance.

Meanwhile, discounting Jane’s maniacally funny I’m Writing a Letter to Daddy, Davis’ best known singing performance has to be the clever They’re Either Too Young or Too Old from the star studded Thank Your Lucky Stars.

Sonically satiated, we leave you with one of Bette from her first breath of spring….

bete glamour

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Christina Aguilera

Published April 15, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan

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It may not give Tippi Hedren shivers – because I have a feeling that nothing scares her – but Christina Aguilera’s Birds of Prey, a track off of her unnecessarily unheralded science fiction concept album Bionic, is definitely a spooky pop masterpiece.

Of course, Aguilera, who has had songs featured on such genre television shows as The Vampire Diaries and Roswell, is always in flight at www.christinaaguilera.com.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Lainie Kazan

Published January 21, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan

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More than blood and gore, horror films survive on their sense of dramatic stakes. Similarly, theater diva Lainie Kazan, who has graced a number of horror themed projects, has as much drama in her voice as the best of them.

 

First coming to prominence as Barbra Striesand’s understudy in the original Broadway run of Funny Girl, Kazan may be better known as a comedienne in projects such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Lust in the Dust. But she’s added sass and vibrancy to Out of the Dark, a late ‘80s slasher featuring a golden cast of stand-bys including Karen Black, Tab Hunter and Geoffrey Lewis, and an episode of Tales From the Crypt that featured other notables such as Bill Paxton and Brad Dourif…who did away with her overbearing office manager character in a very gruesome manner.

Lainie

www.lainiekazan.com

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