23 February 2006

Bile and Buboes



If you go down to the woods today then you can download the soundtrack to John Carpenter's The Thing aka Kurt Russel's crowning glory (Escape from New York blah). Although the soundtrack is Morricone scored, you can tell from the beats and phasing synths that John Carpenter smeared himself all over it to such an extent that this is essentially a collaborative affair. In fact, I seem to remember hearing somewhere that Carpenter ditched as lot of the original score because it didn't sound enough like his own work (which begs the question...), though I'm sure some of that is put back onto the CD... because parts sound less phased out than I remember... have to watch the film again tonight, just to make sure...

Anyway, the music alone makes it an ideal i-pod soundtrack for scouring the streets in early morning ice and fog, setting fire to vagrants and watching them scatter pretty patterns around the streets like fireflies (on nothing strongger than acute sleep deprivation the trailers can be magnificient) ... although it works just as well when you're sat at your computer composing poetry/hate mail to lost loves.

And if you haven't found seen the film then come over and we can watch it together though you'll have to excuse the bile and the buboes because the Loki family are giving up smoking and it's like my wife and I have just found ourselves abandoned on a desert island and have started snacking on fish that were already dead...

4 comments:

johneffay said...

There seems to be some confusion here: Kurt Russell's crowning glory is indeed a John Carpenter film, but I think you'll find that it's Big Trouble in Little China...

Psychbloke said...

Jodie likes the head with the spider legs...

Oh.. and the line:
"What was that?"
"I dunno, but it's big and it's pissed off...."

droid said...

Nah - The Thing all the way. Possibly Carpenters finest moment as well (except for Prince of Darkness) - and the last great animatronic horror film...

'Contamination' of the soundtrack is great.. I even got it into a mix a while back!

kek-w said...

Totally love Carpenter, but really totally love "The Thing"...one of me all-time faves...

Spot on about animatronics: I much, much prefer it to CGI...

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