Heavy Metal (1981) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Are you a heavy enough dude to hang with some smooth Donald Fagen solo action?

I have no clear recollection of putting this on my iPod but I guess this is what I'm listening to now.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Black Sabbath - 'The Mob Rules' 7
Blue Öyster Cult - 'Veteran of the Psychic Wars' 7
Devo - 'Working in the Coal Mine' 5
Don Felder - 'Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride)' 4
Stevie Nicks - 'Blue Lamp' 3
Journey - 'Open Arms' 1
Sammy Hagar - 'Heavy Metal' 1
Donald Fagen - 'True Companion' 1
Cheap Trick - 'Reach Out' 1
Nazareth - 'Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment)' 0
Grand Funk Railroad - 'Queen Bee' 0
Cheap Trick - 'I Must Be Dreamin'' 0
Riggs - 'Heartbeat' 0
Don Felder - 'All of You' 0
Trust - 'Prefabricated' 0
Riggs - 'Radar Rider' 0


Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 March 2017 13:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Devo by a country mile. BOC second.

Lauren Schumer Donor (Phil D.), Thursday, 16 March 2017 13:48 (two months ago) Permalink

'Radar Rider' is probably the best song on here that actually approximates heavy metal. The BOC song is tight, the Cheap Trick tracks are some last gasps of goodness before they devolved into keepers of 'The Flame'.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 March 2017 13:52 (two months ago) Permalink

pretty hard to call it between BOC,DEVO and Mob Rules

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 16 March 2017 13:55 (two months ago) Permalink

this is such a great artist/song title combo:

Don Felder - 'Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride)'

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 16 March 2017 13:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, alright, listening to it now the Sabbath track is pretty dece. Never really got into the Dio era.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:00 (two months ago) Permalink

this is my kind of poll

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:02 (two months ago) Permalink

"reach out" ROCKS

as do the felder tracks

"blue lamp" is one of stevie's best songs ever imo

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Mob Rules, no other answers accepted

waht, I am true black metal worrior (Neanderthal), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:03 (two months ago) Permalink

also "true companion"!!!!! what a soundtrack

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:03 (two months ago) Permalink

reach out and take it!
reach out and t- t- t- take it!

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:06 (two months ago) Permalink

"blue lamp" is one of stevie's best songs ever imo

― the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson),

oh for real -- that guitar hook stayed in my head for weeks when I first heard the track on the boxed set twenty years ago

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Realizing now I should've included the Bernstein score as an option for Jon L. It's good stuff as well.

I wanna talk about the movie for a second. This was like my first portal into transgression as a youngster, and one of my earliest super-vivid memories. I was staying at my grandparents' house and getting ready for bed, and my aunt started videotaping this off of HBO for my grandpa to watch later. I was fascinated because, y'know, cartoon, and then that green orb dissolved that dude and I was semi-traumatized and couldn't sleep. But then the next day all of the grown-ups were watching this and banished the kids to another room, which did nothing but arouse our curiosity. Peeking around the corner I saw...graphic violence! Swearing! Boobs! People doing it! Drug use (although I had no idea what I was actually seeing)! All in a cartoon! I distinctly remember feeling concerned that the existence of this thing was probably illegal. But I was fascinated. And because of the music rights issues, it wasn't released on home video for over a decade, so it mostly just existed in my memory until one of the premium movie channels started showing it again in the late '80s/early '90s, and seeing it again was mind-blowing but also resonant on some newer, nascently-pubescent levels (ahem). So the thirty-second snatches of songs from this soundtrack are difficult for me to divorce from the attendant film which was such a deeply formative cultural object (and which I didn't realize until seeing it again as an adult was actually, y'know, a pretty shitty movie). It's like walking into houses you've spent years walking past and barely noticing.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Voted for title track (no, the other title track) because unless we have a poll of "Who's Your Favorite Eagle?", it'll probably be the only time I ever get to vote for Don Felder.

pplains, Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:42 (two months ago) Permalink

the Felder title track is solid. Henley harmonies!

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:43 (two months ago) Permalink

everlasting twilight, tired of action... "true companion" 4eva

a but (brimstead), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:46 (two months ago) Permalink

<3 Steve Kahn

a but (brimstead), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I was fascinated because, y'know, cartoon, and then that green orb dissolved that dude and I was semi-traumatized and couldn't sleep

same

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:50 (two months ago) Permalink

I really might have to poll the score separately, if only to have people weigh in on track titles like 'Castrate Him/Searching for Loc Nar'.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:54 (two months ago) Permalink

it's a shitty movie but bc it's composed of vignettes there are very good parts imo. the world war ii one, is horrifying and beautifully animated, and "taarna" is great moebius fanfic. there was also a cut sequence called "neverwhere land" that iirc is really haunting. i wrote a v long essay about this film that ended up spilling into blue öyster cult's whole imaginos storyline (a lot of parallels in that both kind of try to locate an essential evil in the universe) and it was a real learning experience, mostly in how extensive the den universe is

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:57 (two months ago) Permalink

I do still love the Ploog war zombies vignette, but most of the rest of the movie is so narratively vaporous and kinda badly animated that it's a real tough watch at this point.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:03 (two months ago) Permalink

'Neverwhere Land' was v cool, though, from what I remember. Have no idea why they cut that.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:04 (two months ago) Permalink

penderecki would've been a nice addition to the soundtrack lol

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:32 (two months ago) Permalink

The words to “Veteran” were written by the famed science-fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock, best known as the creator of the decadent, albino antihero Elric. BÖC had previously worked with Moorcock on the 1980 song “Black Blade”—a reference to Elric’s soul-drinking sword, Stormbringer. And “Veteran” takes its title from the lyrics that Moorcock wrote for another sympathetic band, Hawkwind, whose 1975 album Warrior On The Edge Of Time is based on Moorcock’s concept of the pan-dimensional Eternal Champion, of which Elric is merely a single iteration.

didn't know the Hawkwind connection!!

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Realizing now I should've included the Bernstein score as an option for Jon L. It's good stuff as well.

<3

Just threw on the score now in solidarity with thread.

(Of the songtrack, my vote goes to BOC of course)

(Brad N um can we read your HM/Imaginos essay?)

chip n dale recuse rangers (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:48 (two months ago) Permalink

i can't account for its quality but here http://brightwalldarkroom.com/issue-17-1/2016/4/1/after-dark

it's behind a paywall but i think u get 5 free articles before it kicks in

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:50 (two months ago) Permalink

I am also listening to the Bernstein score atm, and I don't think I ever realized before that certain musical elements of this movie that was such a mythic presence in my youth may, on some level, have informed my feelings about Ghostbusters (one of my favorite movies, with a soundtrack and score that I was equally obsessed with as a young'un). They aren't overtly similar scores, but there are some shared strains which are among my earliest aural associations with 'mythic' and 'spooky'.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Actually, I take it back: there are some cues that overtly similar to his Ghostbusters score. Thinking of 'Dana's Theme' specifically, I believe.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:18 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah i definitely hear a few similarities between Elmer's work on Ghostbusters and Heavy Metal but mainly just in those parts in the former where he plays it straight and goes for that kind of dark wonder vibe. Also of course he has his ondes martenot frolicking in both scores.

I basically group Ghostbusters-Heavy Metal-Black Cauldron together in my mind as these atypically fantastical Bernstein scores. Slipstream from later on kind of fits this mold too.

Brad that piece was fucking cool! I was not really acquainted with your work -- count me as a new fan.

chip n dale recuse rangers (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:19 (two months ago) Permalink

there was that great era from 78-85 or so where tons of composers, some better bred for it than others, got the budget and latitude to try to 'do a star wars' (or in some cases 'do a conan'). I have a special folder for that stuff.

chip n dale recuse rangers (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh, I forgot that another reason why it's hard to hang with this movie in my post-pubescent years is the weird choice they made to have SCTV folks do so many of the voices. Once it occurred to me that, f'rinstance, John Candy was voicing Den, some of the mystique evaporated somewhat.

(Unrelated, but it reminds me of the Fantastic Four radio dramatizations featuring Lampoon-affiliated folks. Jarring to hear Bill Murray as the Human Torch.)

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:38 (two months ago) Permalink

i bet it plays well in a french dub with english subtitles

chip n dale recuse rangers (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:42 (two months ago) Permalink

There's a short Den/Neverwhere film by Corben from the late 60s. It's very basic and the animation looks more experimental than anything and I think his wife appears in the live action framing part.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:51 (two months ago) Permalink

'galloping dick' was a prose highlight in brad's piece

chip n dale recuse rangers (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Was just thinking about this movie - we've got an injured tom cat in the house who hasn't quite worked out the litter box 100%, which reminded me of the South Park episode.

pplains, Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:58 (two months ago) Permalink

thank u jon

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Played the hell out of this when I was 14. It's uneven and overlong, but the best stuff holds up pretty damn well. My favorites are probably the Devo, Sabbath & Stevie Nicks tracks, and I expect they'll take the poll. Don Felder's "Heavy Metal" is up there, too. BOC's "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" is brilliant, but being so minimal & narrative, it doesn't have a ton of replay value. Cheap Trick's "Reach Out" plays like a top shelf One On One outtake, and that's fine w/ me. Nazareth's "Crazy" and Felder's "All of You" round out the defensible keepers, while Riggs' "Radar Rider" is a longtime guilty pleasure.

I don't know the story in all its details, but I understand that Blue Oyster Cult wrote several unused songs for the film. "Vengeance (The Pact)" and "Heavy Metal: The Black & Silver" wound up on Fire of Unknown Origin, but I've long been curious about what else might lie buried.

contenderizer, Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:23 (two months ago) Permalink

And yeah, loved reading your BWDR piece, Brad. Thanks for linking it. If nothing else, it reminds me how fascinating and strange "All of You" seemed when I first heard it.

contenderizer, Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:29 (two months ago) Permalink

When you listen to fools...

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Very pleasantly surprised that this thread did not die on the vine like I thoroughly expected it to.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:47 (two months ago) Permalink

"Taarna" segment is so gorgeous. Mob Rules!

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:53 (two months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 14 April 2017 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

More bands should hire sci-fi writers to pen lyrics

a but (brimstead), Friday, 14 April 2017 15:41 (one month ago) Permalink

This was one of the first albums I ever owned, when I was eight or so? And years before I ever saw the actual movie, which did not live up to my imagined version based on the sweet gatefold pix. But I really liked Felder's Heavy Metal and coerced some relative into getting it for me as a gift. I remember accidentally playing Mob Rules at 45 rpm and preferring it that way. Maybe the first time I heard Devo. What a weird LP.

orifex, Friday, 14 April 2017 22:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 15 April 2017 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Pretty good showing, Fingers!

iris marduk (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 15 April 2017 00:23 (one month ago) Permalink


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