The Return Of The Living Dead (1985 Film) Soundtrack
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Genre: Soundtracks & Scores
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 1-JAN-2002
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But this album flew in under the radar. Because it was a movie soundtrack, and because the movie was new at the time (I had seen it in the theatre and rushed to the store to see if I could finally find some music that people I actually identified with listened to), the Wee Three (or whatever) records actually had this one in stock.
And there it was--my first education in punk music, followed shortly thereafter by the soundtrack to _Repo Man_, the only kind of punk music that slipped through the fishing nets of banality surrounding South Jersey. I have gone on to absolutely adore The Cramps, but am slightly saddened that I have rarely heard a song by them as absolutely catchy and singable as "Surfin' Dead." This was also my introduction to The Damned and The Flesheaters ("Eyes Without A Face" is without doubt the most raucous track on this disc, something to play loud on the boom box when walking down the street just to make the old biddies get out of the way). There are also some heavily synthed 80's style new wave on here, with SSQ and The Jet Back Berries, but with metal like 45 Grave's "Partytime (Zombie Version)," one needs not feel at all embarrassed. And if you are looking for your soundtrack for when you've been partying too hard and have little left in you but to stare at the ceiling and sing out some lyrics, Roky Erickson's "Burn the Flames" is just the thing.Read more ›
In my humble opinion, the best punk/goth compilations are those not initially intended to be an "instant goth-in-a-box, just add water, black lipstick included" set, but ones that just HAPPEN, such as this.
A sampling of punk of that era, well represented. The Cramps play "The Surfin Dead", a tune that represents the spirit of both the movie and themselves quite well. A Beach Boys-on-a-nightmare-trip kind of track.
Of course there is the track that has come to symbolize the movie, "Partytime" by 45 Grave. A rockin' excitin' track, that should vitalize any punk party (damn bubblegummers can't seem to get into it, though). Two things. (A)Not until relatively recently did I realize the lead singer was female and (B)Apparently, this a relative tame remix of a song that was very dark and disturbing in its original context.
"Eyes Without A Face" is an OK track, but "Burn the Flames" sent me on the path of becoming a (minor)Roky Erickson fan. "Dead Beat Dance" is decent Damned stuff. "Take a Walk" and "Love Under Will" are reasonable filler. They won't make you buy the CD, but they won't make you get rid of it.
There are two tracks by SSQ. "Tonight" an uber-sexy punk song that makes you hunger for naked dyed-hair punk girls in the rain, and "Trash's Theme", a relatively mellow instrumental on which to fade the album out. As far as I know, SSQ seems to be exclusive to this soundtrack--at least this is the only place I can find them.
This is good starter-punk material, and just fun Halloween and party music. Definitely recommend buying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this cd because I loved the movie and one track where he burns himself in the incinerator was great but the cd is missing the best track of all, the main title :(Published 22 months ago by Stargate310
Do you need words for a staple in Deathrock/80's musick? C'mon, if you didn't know about this movie, you've been sleepingPublished on September 15, 2013 by Bryan Scott Mcguire
I remember watching this movie over and over and over again and again and again. I never tired of it!! This movie is GREAT Scary and FUNNY! Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by shelly
This is on of the ultimate 80's punk compilations every, it has a wide range of bands that play some really good songsPublished on March 14, 2013 by Jeffrey A Wimer
I gave it 5 stars because its a good soundtrack but please someone out there Remaster it. They need to equalize it so it can be more pronounced. Its a little on the quite side.Published on July 18, 2011 by Glendale Walter
... Cool music if you like old 80's bands. It's kinda dark sounding album. Not really fast songs. Recording quality is poor. Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Average Joe
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|Anyone know if this edition of "Return..."?||
The problem with these films is that many times the producers did not secure the music rights for the DVD edition (because in the 80's, nobody knew DVDs were coming, right?). So it is all a contractual matter and most "cheaper" films with more restrictive contracts suffer from this (why... Read More
Sep 18, 2007 by Paulo Leite | See all 5 posts
the oringal audio track is available on the uk blu ray version. 2012 you will have to have a all region blu ray player to watch it though.
Oct 25, 2012 by Michael Dobey | See all 2 posts
|The Burning DVD||
I'm wondering the same thing.
Jul 27, 2007 by M. | See all 2 posts
I BELIEVE neither of the R1 DVDs contain the original soundtrack, from what I've seen posted here, but hopefully someone can give you a more concrete answer than that. I'd like to buy the collector's edition, but not if it's been "butchered" 'Tour Of Duty' style! :(
Aug 9, 2009 by Banjo | See all 12 posts
|Original Soundtrack on UK DVD or Only Blu-Ray||Be the first to reply|
|The new version is sad, so sad.||Be the first to reply|
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