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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