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Enjoy The Thrill Of The Floppotron Airwolf Theme!

When it comes to thrilling as well as toe-tapping 80’s TV show themes. Airwolf certainly should be in the top ten. It was Pawel Zadrozniak however that realized that a Floppotron Airwolf theme sounded even better. Granted that is due to it being played on a system of 8 hard disks, with 64 floppy drives, and 2 scanners. Because in my personal opinion anything on this system sounds better. Knight Rider, Queen, and yes, even a version of the Floppotron Airwolf theme.

Now just before we let you listen to said theme. Bear with me just long enough to share with you my memories of Airwolf. It will be pretty quick, I promise you. Back in 1984 when the show was beginning it’s first three seasons on CBS…I never watched it. As I have shared before, in my household, if my Father didn’t want to watch something we didn’t see it. However there was one evening when flipping the channels that I was able to catch the opening. Which included that thrilling theme by Slyvester Levay!

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So then it became something of an odd situation, friends. I would turn to CBS to watch the intro to Airwolf. Then I would change to ABC so my Father could watch T.J. Hooker. Just remember in those day we only had the one television.

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I did learn all about Airwolf though!


That was thanks to my schoolmates. It was during recess and our lunches that I would sit and listen to them talk about the series. How the supersonic helicopter was stolen by it’s chief designer. Used as an instrument of terror and destruction, it fell to Stringfellow Hawke, the original test pilot to reclaim it. Stringfellow played by Jan-Michael Vincent was aided by a mentor and Father figure, Dominic Santini. Portrayed in the series by the one and only Ernest Borgnine. Together the two reclaimed the helicopter and used it on special missions for a top secret agency. In fact you should listen to Borgnine talk about the series yourself!

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All right, with a little history behind us. It is time to thrill to the Floppotron Airwolf theme!

[Via] Pawel Zadrozniak
Floppotron Airwolf Theme - Airwolf Cast

Small Soldiers - The Deluxe Edition - Cover

Jerry Goldsmith’s Small Soldiers: The Deluxe Edition!

When Small Soldiers was released back in 1998 I was so pumped for it. There were of course some very obvious reasons why too. Mainly, it was a new film from Joe Dante. The man who brought us the likes of The Howling, Gremlins, and Explorers to name a few. Naturally, then as I am now, I was a big kid at heart. The thought of action figures waging war for real was something I could get behind. Of course the fact that Small Soldiers had music from the legendary Jerry Goldsmith didn’t hurt either.

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The late and great Jerry Goldsmith has 249 film and television credits to his name. While I will certainly admit that I use legendary a little too freely. I do not believe in fact you can describe his work as anything less. Planet of the Apes, Patton, Chinatown, as well as The Omen. And so much more. Furthermore Goldsmith played a little with his work from 1970’s Patton in Small Soldiers.

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Now in just about three weeks, it will be the 20th anniversary of Small Soldiers. Varese Sarabande has released Small Soldiers: The Deluxe Edition just last week to celebrate. Back in 1998 when the original score was released there was a mere 9 tracks. Great that it was, many fans kept asking for an expanded version. Now there are 36 tracks with four of those being alternate takes. Here is the complete track listing:
Small Soldiers - The Deluxe Edition - Tracks

Of course it should be no surprise that the Small Soldiers: Deluxe Edition soundtrack contains bombastic music. Both Dante and Goldsmith were indeed having fun with making a ‘war’ film. Melded with that though is a little touch of horror. Such as in the track Gwendys Attack.

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With the Commando Elite you expect a military theme, right? You certainly get that in Roll Call and Prepare for Assault. Moreover it is even the central theme for the overall score. When it comes to the heroic Gorgonites however, it calls for something different. The characters are outcasts, bizarre, but peaceful as well as noble. Which is why you get such moving themes throughout the score like Alan and Archer or The Wind.

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Friends, I miss the days when I could pop into my local music store and find a handful of new soundtracks. Even with the ease of online shopping it seems like Studios just aren’t releasing as many scores. It is why we should be so grateful that Varese Sarabande are still pleasing music fans with these releases. You can hop on over to their official site and order your copy of the Small Soldiers: Deluxe Edition soundtrack today.

Now that you know about the Small Soldiers Deluxe Edition soundtrack. Why not enjoy this interview with Jerry Goldsmith on his work for Star Trek: The Motion Picture?

[Via] Andrew P. Alderete

Sloop John B - Wild Wild West - Michael Dunn and Phoebe Dorin

Sloop John B…On The Wild Wild West?!

Now don’t get me wrong, friends. I certainly know that with the song Sloop John B, the Beach Boys didn’t create it. Indeed, it has been at least credited as far back as 1916. It is of course assumed to be far, far older than that. In fact the original song wasn’t known as Sloop John B. The tune originated in the Bahamas and was known as The John B. Sails.

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Naturally more than a few singers and bands have tried their hand at the song. One of my favorites happens to be by The Kingston Trio. The band was quite known for their folk and pop music ballads. Including a 1958 recording of The John B. Sails version under The Wreck of the John B.. Moreover it has been said that Al Jardine had heard the song and actually took it to the rest of the Beach Boys.
Sloop John B - Beach Boys

Which is how the band ended up writing and singing Sloop John B on Pet Sounds in 1966. While it was Brian Wilson who would alter some of the original songs lyrics. Al Jardine is credited with changing the chord progression of the song. Furthermore in The Pet Sounds Sessions: “The Making of Pet Sounds”, Jardine has stated about demonstration the song to Wilson:

“So I put some minor changes in there, and it stretched out the possibilities from a vocal point of view. Anyway, I played it, walked away from the piano and we went back to work. The very next day, I got a phone call to come down to the studio. Brian played the song for me, and I was blown away. The idea stage to the completed track took less than 24 hours.”

Now then, that leads us to how Sloop John B landed on The Wild Wild West. Pet Sounds was released in March of 1966. With the episode of the western sci-fi series airing on September 30th of the same year.

Not very hard to see why the show wouldn’t add a little nod to theBeach Boys. Especially considering they had both Michael Dunn and Phoebe Dorin to sing the song. While both played villains on The Wild Wild West as Miguelito Loveless and Antoinette. In real life they had become a singing duo thanks to Roddy McDowall. Who after seeing them perform suggested they become a nightclub act.
Sloop John B - Michael Dunn - Phoebe Dorin

Ready to be charmed by Dunn and Dorin’s version of the Sloop John B?


You will notice they use both the Beach Boys lyrics mixed with The John B. Sails version.

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But wait, friends. Did you also know that Bil Mumy and Marta Kristen also tackled The John B. Sails in an episode of Lost in Space?

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Killer Klowns - John Massari - Varese Sarabande

Killer Klowns From Outer Space: Reimagined!

Holy cow, friends! I was working down here in the Retroist Vault this morning when we got in this bit of exciting news. Varese Sarabande has totally released the digital soundtrack for John Massari’s Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined today. There will be a physical CD released next week on May 25th. Furthermore Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined features a brand new version of the theme song from the film. Performed of course by the Dickies!

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Much like Albert Pyun’s Radioactive Dreams, I first discovered Killer Klowns from Outer Space on VHS. The Chiodo Brothers released their cult classic while I was still in High School. I was in computer science class and the description of the film from a fellow student, forced me to rent it that very evening after class. In no way was I disappointed by Killer Klowns from Outer Space, indeed it became one of my favorite films.

Obviously what the Chiodo Brothers pulled off, it’s similar to 1984’s Gremlins. You are certainly a little creeped out by the alien clowns in the film but you are laughing too. Of course what do you expect from the same three brothers who worked on the likes of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure as well as the Critters series?

Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined is being released at the perfect time. As May 27th in fact is the 30th anniversary of the cult classic film. The new soundtrack of course features the fantastic score by John Massari. However this time he is also being backed up by the 30-piece Hollywood Chamber Orchestra.

Did I forget to mention that Bear McCreary also is featured on the new album? Yeah, he sits in and plays both accordion and the hurdy-gurdy. The very same McCreary of Battlestar Galactica, God of War, as well as Outlander fame.

Let me be clear, the synth score for the original motion picture was great. Backed up with a full orchestra however and it has become absolutely epic. John Massari is no stranger to scoring for films and television either. In fact he got his start working on the likes of Little House on the Prairie, I, Madman, and 1986’s The New Adventures of Jonny Quest!

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The film most assuredly contains elements of madcap comedy. However, it is still very much a horror film beneath those bright colors and bizarre situations. The same rings true with Massari’s score, there are jovial elements in it but they are darkly twisted. The soundtrack knows it is intended for a horror film. That I believe is one of the reasons that it is so remarkable, friends.
Killer Klowns - Officer Down

With the track Killer Klown March you have a toe-tapping calliope styled main melody. Which weaves itself in and out of other tracks throughout the score. The score is proudly ‘metal’, however there are softer elements in the score too. Overall the composer while sticking to a horror feel – still successfully injects fun into it.
Killer Klowns - Reimagined Score

You can hop on over to the official Varese Sarabande site to pre-order your CD now. The digital version of the score should be available there too as well as iTunes, etc.

Now then, with the 30th anniversary of the film just around the bend. There is one other super special event taking place besides the Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Reimagined release.


How would you like to see a live concert to film presentation of the movie?