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.
Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is a classic of the drive-in exploitation genre. As the trailer says, “The sweetest kittens have the sharpest claws.” My favorite line from the movie, asked by a crotchety desert-dweller; “You girls a bunch of nudists or are you just…short of clothes?” How can you possibly go wrong with this movie?
For a start, you get Tura Satana wiping the floor with the dudes and rolling around in the hay to boot. This is the movie that put Russ Meyer in the hearts and minds of drive-in denizens everywhere, even if it took a little time to get there. And on the soundtrack front, the music for this is really fun–that blurry line between late 50s camp and groovy beatnik watusi madness. The theme song alone is worth the price of admission.
People who pull serious faces about cinema give Russ Meyer the short shrift, but these weren’t SUPPOSED to be Zaffirelli or Bergman pictures. They are what they are. Have a look at the trailer for Faster Pussycat! at the end of this post. If you haven’t experienced a Russ Meyer movie yet, you’re in for a treat. We recommend seeing Beyond the Valley of the Dolls first, but Faster Pussycat! is a good second choice.
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I discovered a fascinating blog post at COLOURlovers (a craft blog, not a vinyl blog) called Unusually Colored Vinyl Records. It featured a variety of impressive colored vinyl productions including the Man Or Astroman release, “Your Weight On The Moon” on glow-in-the-dark vinyl pictured above. But the REAL treasure in this blog post was the mention of some seriously vintage post-war vinyl produced in Detroit by a company called Sav-Way Industries.
The Vogue Picture Discs are amazing for their detail and the instant visual reference to the post war era when they were made (1946-1947) but the real stunner for me was the visual theme of the Marion Mann track, “You Took Advantage of Me”.
Sure, it COULD be argued that this was an innocent depiction of the song’s theme, but lest we forget, post-war culture in the 40s was filled with double entendres created to titillate and amuse while maintaining “plausible deniability” in a so-called respectable society. Mondo bondage indeed!