Thursday, October 30, 2008

Inevitable Rocky Horror Post

rocky horror
Being that it's the end of October it just wouldn't be right if I didn't post this classic. Mrs. homercat has never seen Rocky Horror in all it's glory at a midnight screening in a theater, so this Halloween we're thinking we're gonna do it. She's a Rocky Horror virgin. In the past homercat has won a couple contests dressed as Frank n Furter(with the fishnets, garters and such). If you think you've seen the film on video and that's that, then you are sorely mistaken. One of the most fun nights I ever had was at the show, winning the contest for best costume, doing the time warp and pointing out the virgins. You really haven't experienced a proper Halloween until you attend a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Really I feel sorry for people who have never been. Because it's a kick in the ass boatload of fun.

Besides that I would have to scratch my head in bewilderment if this album was not in everybody's music collection. Amazing. Just in case I'm putting up a couple tracks from the biggest cult movie of all time. It is the longest running theatrical release in film history. More than 30 years later it is still in limited release in theaters around the world. In December 2005, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington added The Rocky Horror Picture Show to the National Film Registry, a list that contains only 450 films. Lips, lips lips! Asshole!!!

Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me by Susan Sarandon
Sweet Transvestite by Tim Curry

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Killer Cat's Halloween Tunes

The last few remaining days of October are upon us. Homercat is entering the homestretch of his month long salute to Halloweenish type tuneage. I wish I had more time in my schedule to have posted an entry every day but this cat's time is limited and I hope no one leaves Rockin' feeling dissatisfied. By the time the 31st gets here I know I'm going to hear it from someone for not posting this song or that one. Again I am but one cat. Today I'm going to just put up some of my fave tunes (like I haven't already). The usual horror mainstay artist may make a few more appearances here. I will save my last post of the month for those typical Halloween songs you tend to hear all day come the 31.

This first track is full of everything you would expect from a horror track. If any of you saw Rob Zombies first movie, then you will know what to expect from this track. It is a good and creepy one.
House of 1,000 Corpses by Rob Zombie

Love him or hate him, Marilyn Manson's take of the Eurhythmics Sweet Dreams has a really great eerie feel to it.
Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson

Because it's Alice and they are also deliciously creepy and a couple of my faves.
This House is Haunted by Alice Cooper
Skeletons in the Closet by Alice Cooper

Every single chance I get to showcase something from the best album of this decade (so far) I do it. From Devil's Playground a great Idol tune.
Evil Eye by Billy Idol

There are some great moments in this song such as, Christina your mother's calling, you have to hear it to understand.
Joan Crawford by Blue Oyster Cult

Can't get enough of this Voltaire guy. Voltaire’s music has strong roots and connections to European folk as well as other influences such as the goth scene. However, many listeners find his music hard to classify. Although it has a sound reminiscent of European folk music, many people claim it to be darkwave. As an avid fan of Star Trek, Voltaire frequently attends science fiction conventions (such as I-CON and Dragon Con) and released a four track E.P. called Banned on Vulcan.
The Headless Waltz by Voltaire

Speaks for itself
A Nightmare on Elm Street Movie Theme

A Perennial favorite by the Q's all bad band.
Monster Ass

A song that I never get tired of and is a great party song.
Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo

Classic Horror Flick
Hope everyone enjoys!

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Evil Dead: The Musical

The Evil Dead is a 1981 horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell. The film was extremely controversial for its graphic violence and gore, being initially turned down by almost all U.S. distributors, until a European company picked it up. Because of its graphic violence, the original version of the movie was banned in several countries.

The movie spawned two sequels and the Evil Dead Trilogy has an intense cult following with fans clamoring for a fourth installment. If you haven't seen it or have no idea what these movies are about then I heartily recommend you run out and rent all three of the trilogy and make a night of it. Essentially you either get it or you don't. Personally I rate the trilogy at number 1 in the best horror flicks of all time, with Romero's Living Dead series coming in second.

evil dead the musicalEnter Evil Dead: The Musical which is a Canadian off-Broadway show based on the cult classic film series. With the approval of both Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, a musical version of the film was staged, enjoying a successful workshop in Toronto and performances at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal in 2004. The New York off-Broadway production started previews on October 2, 2006. The Official Opening Night performance was November 1, 2006 and it ran, performing 8 times per week at the New World Stages, until February 17, 2007. Toronto producers announced a new Toronto production of the show, starring Ryan Ward at the Diesel Playhouse which started May 1st 2007. The musical loosely follows the original incorporating elements of all three movies.

This is a show I would have given my left nut to see as Fans enjoyed the "splatter zone" -- the first three rows of the theater where patrons could count on a good blood-soaking. Ticket buyers in the Splatter Zone were advised to dress down. Hazards included gallons of stage blood and fake gore. (Ponchos were provided during the 15 minute intermission before Act Two).In fact, Toronto fans began wearing white t-shirts to take home later as bloody souvenirs which inspired the show's marketing team to start selling "I Survived the Splatter Zone" souvenirs. Fortunately, Evil Dead: The Musical has been been released on CD and it is freakin' awesome. This is a must have CD for Evil Dead fans. People unfamiliar with the movies probably wouldn't get any of the tunes but they're surprisingly good with some great humour thrown in. Here's a rough rip of the album and I strongly suggest you scoop the real album up if you can find it. Limited Time only.

192 kbps

1. Book of the Dead
2. Cabin in the Woods
3. Stupid Bitch
4. Housewares Employee
5. Evil Trees
6. It Won't Let Us Leave
7. Look Who's Evil Now
8. What the Fuck Was That?
9. Join Us
10. Good Old Reliable Jake (Intro)
11. Good Old Reliable Jake
12. Housewares Employee (Reprise)
13. Death is a Bitch
14. I'm Not A Killer
15. Evil Puns
16. Bit Part Demon
17. Good..Bad..I'm the Guy with the Gun
18. All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons
19. Ode to an Accidental Stabbing
20. Boomstick
21. Do the Necronomicon
22. It's Time
23. We Will Never Die
24. S Mart
25. Blew That Bitch Away
26. Groovy

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Phantom of the Paradise

This may not be the creepfest some might be expecting from the homercat, but this is a lost classic from the 70's that I thought should be resurrected here. Nothing creepy here in the music, yet as in the original phantom, this is a sad tale. After all these years and before I thought to bring it here. Initial memories of the film are of Beef and his back-up act to the no-talent band The Juicy Fruits. Upon older person reflection, it is quite a sad story with a pretty decent 70's soundtrack before movie soundtracks were a staple of a film's success.

Phantom of the Paradise is a 1974 horror-thriller musical film written and directed by Brian De Palma. The story is a loosely adapted mixture of Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Faust. The film was marketed with the tagline "He sold his soul for rock n'roll", and then with "He's been maimed and framed, beaten, robbed and mutilated. But they still can't keep him from the woman he loves." Initially a box office failure and panned by some critics, it has since gained a huge cult following. The film was a box-office bomb the year of its initial showings. Curiously, the film's major market during its theatrical release was in Winnipeg, Canada where it stayed in local cinemas over four months continuously and over one year non-continuously until 1976. Relatedly, the soundtrack sold 20,000 copies in Winnipeg alone, and it got Gold status in Canada. (Yay! Canada)The film was later shown on area IMAX screens in the 90s. A 2006 fan-organized festival, dubbed 'Phantompalooza', reunited the original cast and featured a concert by Paul Williams in the very theatre where the film played during its original run.

It is quite the tragedy/musical/horror flick and the ending is enough to make a macho red neck cry. In fact, I forget how damn depressing this movie was. No it's not a "great" movie, but it is a lost classic in my opinion. Will the songs make you shiver with fear? Not likely, but they are a tribute to a genre I adore, the really bad b movie horror flick. This is a rare one folks. Get these and be the envy of all your nerd sci fi friends at the next comic con. (See story line after funny toon)

Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye
Life at Last
Classic Horror Flick

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The story follows a music composer and singer named Winslow Leach (played by William Finley), who works as a back-up act to the no-talent nostalgia band The Juicy Fruits, who are produced by Satanic record producer, 'Swan' (played by Paul Williams). Swan is deeply moved by Winslow's pop cantata, based on the story of "Faust" and, deeming Winslow's music as the perfect music to open ""The Paradise" - Swan's anticipated concert hall, has his right-hand man Philbin (George Memmoli) steal it.

When Winslow arrives at Swan's record label, Death Records, he is thrown out. When he sneaks into "Swanage", Swan's private mansion, to find out what's going on, he observes several women all singing his music. Winslow meets Phoenix, an aspiring singer (played by Jessica Harper), whom he deems perfect for his music, and the two quickly fall for one another. Winslow is told of Swan's plan to open the Paradise with Winslow's music. Thrown out again, when Winslow sneaks in once more, Swan orders his minions to beat up Winslow and frame him for drug dealing.

Winslow is given a life sentence in Sing-Sing Prison. In prison, Winslow's teeth are extracted due to an experimental prisioner program, funded by the Swan Foundation. His teeth are now replaced with shiny metal ones. Six months later, when Winslow hears on the radio, while assembling tiddleywinks games in the prison rehab center, that The Juicy Fruits, who he hates, have made an anticipated hit record of his music, with Swan's backing. Winslow goes berserk, punches out a guard, and escapes from prison in a delivery box driven off prison property. He breaks into the Death Records building and tears the place up. He then breaks into Swan's record factory, where he sets out to destroy a record press. When a guard catches him fiddling with the record press, Winslow slips and the record press catches his sleeve, tumbling Winslow head first into the record press, crushing his face. Bleeding profusely, and with his face now mutilated, a very disoriented Winslow makes his way to the edge of the East River and tumbles into the water. The newspaper reports that he was shot by a security guard at the factory and is now dead.

Sneaking backstage into the Paradise, Winslow makes his way into the costume department, where he dons a black leather costume, a long, black cape (though later in the film he also wears a red one) and a silver, owl-like mask to cover his now scarred face, becoming The Phantom of the Paradise so he can terrorize Swan and his musicians. He plants a time bomb into a prop car, nearly killing the Juicy Fruits. Swan, seeing the Phantom on a security camera, realizes there is an intruder about.

The Phantom confronts Swan, who recognizes him as Winslow. Swan offers the composer the chance to have his music produced his way. Auditions are held, and the Phantom selects Phoenix. Later, in a secluded recording studio, Swan provides the Phantom with an electronic voice-box, enabling him to speak and sing (voice of Paul Williams). Swan asks the Phantom to rewrite his cantata for Phoenix. The Phantom reluctantly agrees, on the condition that Phoenix is the lead singer, and that Swan plays "what I write!". Swan promises, and the Phantom signs a contract in blood.

While the Phantom remains in the recording studio rewriting his cantata, Swan breaks the deal, telling Philbin that he resents Phoenix's "perfection": "You know how I abhor perfection in anyone but myself." Swan puts a pill-popping, gay male glam-rock prima donna named Beef (Gerrit Graham) in the lead of Winslow's "Faust", with Phoenix as a backup singer.

The Phantom completes "Faust". Swan then drugs him and steals the cantata, ordering his minions to seal the Phantom up inside the recording studio with a brick wall. However, when the Phantom awakens and realizes he's been betrayed, he manages to escape. The Phantom then confronts Beef, threatening to kill him if he performs. Beef tries to flee, but is stopped by Philbin, who suggests to Beef that it was all a drug-induced hallucination.

Onstage, the glam-rock band The Undeads (the former Juicy Fruits) sing of the perfect man, taking numerous body parts and "turning" them into Beef, dressed as a glitter-clad Frankenstein's Monster. As Beef performs, the Phantom, up in the rafters, strikes Beef with a lightning bolt-shaped neon sign, electrocuting him, to the great delight of the crowd. Horrified, Philbin orders Phoenix onstage as a replacement. Phoenix is an immediate sensation with the audience. Swan now realizes the potential of the situation.

In Phoenix's dressing room, Swan arrives and seduces Phoenix, telling her of her future stardom. As she leaves, she is nearly overwhelmed by the overzealous crowd, but is quickly carted away by the Phantom. On the roof, the Phantom tells Phoenix his true identity. He implores Phoenix to leave the Paradise so Swan won't destroy her like he's destroyed everything else. Phoenix doesn't believe him, however, and, afraid of the Phantom, flees.

At Swanage, Swan's private mansion, the Phantom, watching atop the roof, observes Swan and Phoenix locked in a tight embrace. Heartbroken, he commits suicide, stabbing himself through the heart with his own knife.

The Phantom awakens from death, however, to see Swan (who'd set up the entire "embrace" for Winslow's benefit) standing over him. Swan tells the Phantom that he cannot die because he is locked to the blood contract he'd signed earlier: The Phantom can't die until Swan himself has died. With that knowledge, the Phantom attempts to stab Swan through the heart, but Swan, unharmed, merely pulls the knife away and replies, "I'm under contract, too!"

Rolling Stone Magazine announces the upcoming wedding between Swan and Phoenix during Faust's finale. While everyone prepares, the Phantom sneaks into Swan's private taping room to watch the tape containing the blood contract. Watching the tape, the Phantom then learns that Swan made a pact with the devil years ago: Swan will remain youthful forever, unless the videotaped recording of his contract is destroyed. In turn, the tape reveals Winslow's contract with Swan, and a secret one Swan made with Phoenix when she was drugged. On a live security camera, the Phantom learns that Swan plans on having Phoenix assassinated, observing the hit man on the monitor. The Phantom destroys all the recordings, setting them on fire, and then heads off to the wedding between Phoenix and Swan.

The story ends with the Faust finale. Onstage, the wedding is in full swing. The Phantom manages to stop the assassin's bullet from hitting Phoenix, which ends up killing Philbin, who was officiating at the wedding. The Phantom swings down onto the stage and rips off Swan's mask, exposing Swan as a monster on live television. Swan's face is now hideous; melting due to the tapes being destroyed (burning, appropriately enough) and the deal between him and Satan being terminated. Realizing what's happening, Swan tries to strangle Phoenix, but the Phantom intervenes and stabs Swan through the heart. The moment he does, however, his own fatal wound opens, as he is now free of the contract. Swan, as he is dying, is carried around by the audience, who are excited to the point of hysteria, and Winslow, dying, removes his own mask, revealing his own disfigurement. Dying, and cheered on by the crowd, Winslow crawls on the floor towards Phoenix, who is in shock. Swan dies and so does Winslow, just as he holds out a hand to Phoenix. Phoenix finally recognizes the Phantom as Winslow. As Winslow collapses, the crying Phoenix rushes over to him and lays down next to him, heartbroken, and the film ends.

Homercat cries every time.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Return of the Living Dead

A couple of posts ago I was almost lynched because I didn't feature the "zombie" version of Partytime by 45 Grave. I had planned to in this post about this awesome movie. I just wanted to put this one up closer to Halloween. So by popular demand, songs from the soundtrack to The Return of the Living Dead.

The Return of the Living Dead
is a zombie horror film that was released in 1985. The film was written and directed by Dan O'Bannon and starred Clu Gulager(awesome), James Karen(classic), Don Calfa(amazing), Thom Mathews(braiiiiiins) and Beverly Randolph. The film tells the story of how a group of teenage punks deal with the accidental release of a horde of blood thirsty zombies onto an unsuspecting town.
The film is also known for it's soundtrack features several noted deathrock, and punk rock bands of the era and it kicks ass.

Really what more do you need from possibly the best film of the 80's. I saw this film the week it came out and me and my buds sat thru it 3 times the day we went to see it. They didn't chase you out of the theaters back then. You just sat and waited for the next showing. After seeing it 3 times in a row that day we all decided it was one of the best movies we had ever seen.

When it came out on video , we used to hold parties based on this film. We had our own yell at the screen (Rocky Horror) moments. The whole dialogue and we would laugh our ass off and have a great time. The zombies in this movie differ from those in Night of the Living Dead movies. Return's interpretation of zombies have influenced cultural interpretations of zombies, particularly with regard to their hunger for brains and their constant vocalization of this hunger.

* They are fast and can run.
* They are as strong and intelligent as they were in their previous life, and they can also speak sometimes.
* They can form words despite their physical degradation.
* Instead of hunting humans for their flesh, they hunt for the humans' brains, stating that only their consumption eases the pain of being dead.
* It appears that injuries to their brains do not have any effect and the only way to fully destroy them is to cremate their bodies, although the ensuing smoke spreads the contagious gas.

How do you survive that?

One thing that helps is having a kick ass soundtrack. This one is the bomb.
If you have never seen this movie, then I highly recommend you run out and rent this sucker for Halloween . Homercat double guarantees you will love this movie.


Intro Song (Trioxin Mix)
PartyTime (Zombie Version)by 45 Grave
Burn the Flame by Roky Erickson
Let Me Eat Your Brains (movie dialogue)
Classic Horror Flick

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Da Da

DadaUh oh here comes another Alice Cooper post. Let's face it though, Halloween wouldn't be complete without the ton of creepy songs Alice has recorded over the years. Yes I'm biased because I'm a huge fan of the Coop, but if you missed today's showcased album when it first came around, you should do yourself a favor do yourself a favor and give it a try now.

DaDa is a highly highly overlooked Alice Cooper concept album from 1983. The album tells the story of Former Lee Warmer, a cannibal whose family keeps him locked in their attic. This album features some of the creepiest Alice Cooper tunes in his entire catalogue. This album was very disappointing from a sales point of view, and that is certainly a shame. As Alice Cooper albums go, this one is really far above average. It seems to be one of his albums that tried to merge the older, creepy style with a newer, more alternative style. From the spooky opening tones of the title track, the horror movie chic that Cooper did so well is very apparent right from the start. The title track, Dada, is in my opinion the creepiest track Alice has ever done. It's like a haunting Halloween treat with a little girls voice behind menacing music, repeating the word "Dada." I dare you to listen to this track with the lights out, all by yourself. A couple of people I have played it for over the years have actually freaked out over this song, giving them nightmares and a stern warning from them to never play that freaky shit again. Although relatively short at 9 tracks, this Cooper album ranks in my top 5 fave Alice Cooper albums and I have every one of them. There's just something about it that grabs me.

Former Lee Warmer
Fresh Blood
Classic Horror Flick

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Party like it's Zombie 99

This old fart has hosted and attended one or two parties over the years and the best ones have always been the Halloween party. No other type or holiday can come close to an excellent Hallows eve shindig. Being that Halloween is on a Friday this year it will be a good opportunity to host/attend someones get together this year. That is one reason why I'm running this theme for the whole month. Maybe you're looking for some good tuneage for an event. If you are hosting a party your musical selections should follow the night's theme as much as possible. For example as your fellow zombies are arriving and things aren't in high gear yet, I suggest some creepy instrumental mood pieces as people mill about showing off their costumes. Some excellent starter choices are classic horror movie theme stuff. Some are instantly recognizable and others are not yet set the mood quite nicely. When you are ready to switch gears into genuine party mode, I think the opening song from the Rocky Horror Picture Show let's your guests know you're serious. So today's post has are a few selections that make for good starter's for a party or a compilation disc. Of course there are tons of stuff to choose from and obviously I can't post them all so maybe these will get you thinking.
Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield (Single Version)
Tubular Bells Remix

The Omen Theme

Shock Theatre Overture by Mary Shelley Overdrive

In A Groovy Grave by Frankie Stein & His Ghouls

Science Fiction Double Feature (Original Soundtrack Version)
Science Fiction Double Feature by Joan Jett

Partytime by 45 Grave
Classic Horror Flick

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Zombie Pleasures-The Beginning

When you get right down to it, zombies are the hip, cool and best of the horror genre. The living dead which all started with that madman Romero. Night of the Living Dead which will be a classic until the end of time. Yep there's yer classic slow moving living dead folk which healthy adults can't seem to outrun. Here's the deal though, the bulk of that movie deals with humans interacting with each other in the face of this horror and it turns out that the regular dudes may be worse monsters than the zombies. That was Romero's genius.

To this day I would rather watch a bad zombie flick than a big budget prequel, sequel, original or any genre of movie. Trust me I have watched my share of bad zombie flicks and they're great. When a good living dead movie comes down the line such as Fido or the Dead of the Dawn remake, then yer Spidermans or Batmans don't hold a candle. In the homercat house we are zombie junkies. For the missus and I, an ultimate dream of ours is to be extras in a zombie movie. Which is bringing us closer to the musical part of our program.

I have a lot of songs about zombies. Yet it seems about 80% of the zombie music genre is psychobilly, or essentially, rock-a-billy jazzed on Red Bull and Meth. Me thinks The Cramps had a lot to do with this. This being the case the psychobilly songs dealing with zombie lore are not really creepy or weird, just a helluva a lot of fun and are great for a break some of the truly creepfests out there. Whatever the case or genre, October looks to be a big zombie month for us here at Good Rockin'. Let us get on with our first installment of Zombie Pleasures.

Zombie Prostitute ** by Voltaire (Maybe the greatest song ever)
Fashion Zombies! by The Aquabats
Army Of Zombies by Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards
Classic Horror Flick

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Brownsville Station

Brownsville Station was a band from Michigan who were popular in the 1970s. Their most famous song, "Smokin' In the Boys Room" (from their 1973 album Yeah!) was recognized as one of rock's earliest teen anthems, featuring angst filled lyrics, blaring guitars and a harmonica solo. The track reached #3 on U.S. charts. "Smokin' In the Boys Room" was later dismally covered by Mötley Crüe in 1985. In 1977, Brownsville Station recorded the song "Martian Boogie", which is played on Dr. Demento's radio show on occasion, most often around Halloween. They were the ultimate garage band. They mixed country, rockabilly and blues with lyrics about partying, women and just having fun. Cub Koda (RIP) had to have had one of the best singing voices, not in range so much as in raw emotion and feeling. Listening to him makes me think he has lived each one of the songs. Rough, gritty and unpolished, perfect for good time rock and roll. The late Cub Koda may be one of Rock's most under appreciated front men; part rock and roll madman, part carny barker, he led the band through such recorded hysteria like "Kings of The Party" without ever sounding tired of playing the same song night after night.

Brownsville Station disbanded in 1979, with the individual members going their separate ways. Sadly, Cub Koda died of kidney disease on 1 July 2000 at the age of 51. Way too young.
So the Martian Boogie makes an appearance on homercat's Halloween song roll.

The Martian Boogie by Brownsville Station
Classic Horror Flick

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

My Favorite Brain Soup

evil deadIt's inevitable that when Halloween rolls around every year, there are bound to be a couple re posts of songs that I featured years ago on this site. So today I'll try to get a couple of these classic tracks out of the way and hopefully a couple people will be hearing them for the first time. Back in August I talked about a real creepy song in my Peter Gabriel post. I'm not going to re up it here as it may still be up. I'm just mentioning it as it is essential for any Halloween compilation one may be fixing up.

The very first post I did on this music blog was way back in 2004. I"ll have to repost this particular song yet again as it's probably the best zombie song ever recorded and most suited for this time of year. I first heard it when I saw the movie Return of the Living Dead at the theater back in the 80's. For example you know you're in for a good tune when the song starts out with, "Aaahh my favorite brain soup, cream of nowhere." This classic zombie tune is Surfin' Dead by The Cramps. This song originally appeared on the Return of the Living Dead Soundtrack and was added to their album Smell of Female as a bonus track on the CD. Like the black-blooded, flesh-rotted, brain-slurping demons of the kitschy B-movies they adore, you simply gotta love it.

When I first heard todays 2nd song I was very young and it scared the bejeebus out of me. As a matter of fact, I still can not listen to this song to this day because it really gets under my skin and quite frankly, it gives me nightmares. Why do I have this song then? And why in the hell did it become a top 40 hit? Well I keep it around to play for folks if they've never heard it and then I can creep them out too. As for the top 40 thing, there's no predicting what kind of music will become a hit.

The artist is Bloodrock, and the song is DOA. Bloodrock was an early '70s hard rock band from Fort Worth, TX. They charted with six albums between 1970 and 1972 and scored their first and only Top 40 hit with the totally morbid DOA which is off their second album. What's really weird is that the first album is a lot more creepy than their second one. Bloodrock 2 actually has some upbeat stuff on it. Guitarist Lee Pickens recounted this story how the song came about.

When I was 17, I wanted to be an airplane pilot. I had just gotten out of this airplane with a friend of mine at this little airport and I watched him take off. He went about 200 feet in the air, rolled and crashed. The band decided to write a song around the incident.
Complete with ambulance sirens, plodding, eerie, music and lyrics such as
I remember
We were flying along and hit something in the air

Life is flowing out my body
Pain is flowing out with my blood
The sheets are red and moist where I'm lying
God in Heaven, teach me how to die

Holy crap, I'm getting the heebies just writing about it. Again another classic track that must be included in your Halloween festivities.

Then just for good measure the theme music from John Carpenter's Classic horror film, Halloween.

Surfin' Dead by The Cramps
DOA by Bloodrock
Halloween by John Carpenter
Classic Horror Flick

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Friday, October 03, 2008

Let the Creepiness Begin

zombieIn this month of my favourite themed songs I have to give a shout out to a great friend of mine who turned me on to a lot of songs I'll feature this month. Don't know if this person wants me to web out their name, but this person over time has turned me on to a wealth of great stuff that I should have known about, and am eternally grateful. For this month's purposes any song that my friend turned me on to, I will put a ** after it.

Now that I have that big disclaimer out of the way, we can get to my first installment of Halloween/party/creepy/type stuff. Along with a typical zombie cry of BRAINS by Voltaire, we also have an excellent cut off of the new Alice Cooper album that may get my site shut down. As the album is a concept album and this is the last cut off the album, I almost feel like it may be a spoiler for the whole concept, but it may also get folks to buy it. I do feel it is appropriate to lead this month off with new Cooper for several reasons. 1 once again after almost 40 years of recording, being a true pioneer and still going strong and a bazillion gold albums later, and yet once again being snubbed by the rock n Roll Hall of Fame, it's only right that the Coop get his due right here on Good Rockin' Tonight where if nothing else, homercat knows his rock n roll. 2 Because I say so on this here my blog. and 3 I Love Alice!!

As an aside, for those who are not familiar with Voltaire**, be assured he will be dealt with in a later post. Lastly I hope you all are taking these songs down, because this month's posts could and most possibly turn out to be best and most definitive Halloween Party Disc ever. Then again, what do I know.

BRAINS! by Voltaire **
I Am the Spider by Alice Cooper
Just go and buy Halloween stuff you like

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Thursday, October 02, 2008


For the month of October, homercat is going to try to focus on the darker creepier side of music as each day gets us closer to Halloween. Nothing better than a good creepy song to get the juices flowing. For the most part every post this month will have some kind of kinship with Halloween. To get things started, what could be scarier than Sylvester Stallone singing country music?

rhinestoneRhinestone was a soundtrack album from the 1984 film starring Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone. The Dolly Parton-composed soundtrack produced two Top Ten country singles: "God Won't Get You" and the chart-topping "Tennessee Homesick Blues". Parton stated in her memoirs, My Life and Other Unfinished Business, that she regards the soundtrack album as some of the best work she's done, though the film was largely regarded as a critical and commercial flop. She also cites "What a Heartache" as a personal favorite of all the songs she has written, and she has since rerecorded it twice. Honestly, as bad (and it really isn't) as this movie is, it is excellent. When it finally came out on VHS in 85 or 86 we used to have major parties surrounding this film. Everyone of us knew every line in the movie and we had our "drink now" spots. Really though, Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone with Sly singing? Honestly the movie works and it really is a favorite of mine.

A popular country singing star, Jake Farris (played by Dolly Parton), boasts that she can make anybody a country sensation. She makes a bet with her sleazy manager (played by Ron Leibman), that she can turn any normal guy into a country and western singer in two weeks. At stake is her contract and her body. The problem is that her manager can select the man, and he selects an obnoxious New York cab driver Nick Martinelli (played by Sylvester Stallone). Jake takes Nick back to the hills of Tennessee for a two-week crash course in how to walk, talk and sing like a genuine Country star. Stallone reportedly turned down Romancing the Stone and Beverly Hills Cop (1984) to make Rhinestone.

Critics and fans alike lambasted this album, yet they were right and so wrong at the same time. Really can you think of anything more hilarious than Stallone trying to sing, let alone country. A different side of Rambo shows he can do humor and do it well. A long lost favorite of mine and even the Stallone songs are decent, if you take them for what they are. The Parton, Stallone duets are absolute classics and worth any price you may have to pay for this album. Oh Yeah, I stand by it, awesome movie. If you haven't seen it, maybe see if you can rent it. What better Halloween party song could there be than Sly's Drinkenstein. Out of Print.

Drinkin'stein by Sylvester Stallone
Stay Out Of My Bedroom by Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone
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