Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND is the story of a legendary showmans double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night.
The Soundtrack includes Freddy Cannons Palisades Park, Donovans Sunshine Superman and Peter, Paul & Marys If I had a Hammer. In addition, this soundtrack features original music from the film, scored by Alex Wurman as well as the Game Show Confessions Remix featuring classic Chuck Barris penned theme songs: The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine.
In keeping with this film's fantastic premise--that The Gong Show
creator Chuck Barris led a double life as a CIA operative--the selections here err primarily on the zany side, although a couple cuts ("If I Had a Hammer," "Sincerely") are so incongruously earnest that they almost seem to imply his preposterous claims contained at least an element of veracity. Kicking off with Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon's 1962 hit "Palisades Park" (which Barris composed), the program balances kitschy Esquivel
and Yma Sumac
selections that any well-heeled hipster will instantly recognize with a couple lesser known, but equally worthy, retro gems: Vicki Carr
's campy "The Silencers" (originally the theme to a 1966 Dean Martin spy caper), and a jazzy rendition of "There's No Business Like Show Business" by Rosemary Clooney
that actually divorces this Irving Berlin
chestnut from its overpowering associations with Ethel Merman
--now that's hard to believe! --Kurt B. Reighley