In 1986, director Jimmy Murakami and writer Raymond Briggs saw When The Wind Blows hit the screen, an animated adaptation of the graphic novel. It’s a nuclear war story with a grim message, and it had an all-star cast in the soundtrack department thanks to DAvid Bowie, Roger Waters, Genesis, Squeeze, Paul Hardcastle, and others.
Below is a Youtube video (while it lasts, as usual) that features Bowie’s work on the title song, but what’s REALLY interesting from a vinyl obsessive’s standpoint is the rare and unusual picture disc that was released to promote the film:
Yes, those images above are the 7-inch single, shaped as the two main characters in the film, odd and rare indeed! The world is full of unusually-shaped vinyl releases, and discovering them could turn into an obsession all its’ own. The fact that THIS one is by the late-great David Bowie makes it especially lustworthy, especially for its’ Blackstar-like elegaic qualities.
La Gatta In Calore (The Cat In Heat) has thrown in the not-for-the-faint-of-heart kitchen sink; bored housewives, druggie drama, orgies, revenge, the lot. And the VERY Morricone-esque soundtrack from Gianfranco Plenizio, with giallo favorite vocalist Edda dell’Orso cannot be beat. Directed by Nello Rossati, this one is, as they say, twisty/turny.
The soundtrack is HIGHLY recommended, and you can (at the time of this writing for as long as the video stays online, hah) get a good look and listen via YouTube. If you feel motivated to buy after watching the full-length film below, Turntabling has limited quantities of the La Gatta In Calore soundtrack for sale, available as a 2015 Australian repress with extensive liner notes and GORGEOUS album artwork.
You might well wonder why people (like me) collect strange and hard to find vinyl records. Part of the appeal (for me) is that it’s often very hard to believe people A) thought the record was a good idea in the first place, B) weird records are fascinating time capsules of pop culture and related ephemera.
This little flexi disc has all KINDS of fun and interesting cultural implications…I’m glad that somebody was interested enough to find and share the Million Dollar McDonald’s record. Behold this record in all its’ PR marketing hype glory…all these years later. We didn’t make this video, but we’re glad SOMEBODY did!
The 80’s New Year’s Eve film Get Crazy is one of those kitchen-sink comedies you either love or hate…but how could you do anything but love a movie starring Lou Reed as a parody of himself, Malcolm McDowell playing a drug-crazed glam rockin’ codpiece-sporting nut, and Daniel Stern? Keep an eye peeled for Mary Wornov, and Ed Begley, Jr. as the corporate bad guy. It’s best viewed on New Year’s Eve!
The soundtrack to this movie includes the Fear song seen in the clip below-Lee Ving chews the scenery so hard that he goes into another dimension. And…did we mention the Get Crazy soundtrack LP is available from Turntabling? You can buy it from us (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST) once you get hooked on the movie (which is at the time of this writing available in its’ entirety below).