Stormy Weather

October 28, 2012

Well, here we are again — with your Music on a Stick authors in the path of nature’s rage. While we all buckle down in our respective hovels, here’s a little number to mark the occasion. Interesting to note that the song choice is heightened in greatness by where they lifted it from. Glorious!


Word this morning that Director Tony Scott has died of an apparent suicide. Before defining the “need for speed” in Top Gun, Tony directed the cult classic (and one of my favorite Vampire films,) The HungerLet the opening sequence (NSFW) wash over you with its gothic greatness, featuring Bauhaus, David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve, Ann Magnuson, a no-name male hunk actor and some monkeys.


Happy Birthday, Jungalero!

November 1, 2010

Our favorite co-blogger is a year older today — let’s celebrate Bollywood style!

Warning — you might want to have some confetti on hand to throw at some point, as you will no doubt develop an urge to liven up the party while viewing this — what on earth is wrong with these people?!?


September 16, 2010

Jungalero and I have been texting back and forth about the James Last track on an earlier post here at Music on a Stick. It’s really quite a remarkable track – I love that it starts with a very lush orchestral movement – my favorite moment in the pastoral part is the deeply rich woody tone from 1:10 to 1:11 that could be the sound of an old wood door pushed open by the pressure of sunlight on a windless day. Aaaahhh. Then suddenly the guitar jangles, the horns swing into action and the electric keys take on a kaleidoscope of groovy patterns. This ‘sneak attack’ type song that was around much in the seventies is a favorite subset of music for me. These tracks are so steamy and so swanky they could hardly be considered cheese, in my book. Unfortunately these same musicians did in fact record some REALLY unbearably cheesy tracks and released them on the same records as these swanky numbers. Oh well.

Michel Polnareff has an exceptionally good ‘Sneak Attack Swank Track” (it’s SASTY) that certainly comes across like a film score. Enjoy: (There’s no video, just audio)

I love the organ, the jazzy piano, the horns, the chorus, the cowbell, the strings, the “WOW!” flourishes on the organ…. oh luscious track.

Less of a Sneak Attack Swank Track, but just damn OOOOOzing with funk, is the Changing Rooms theme by Lalo Schifrin. It’s a cross between a horror/suspense soundtrack and a dirty Italian soft core soundtrack in all the right ways. Listen to this loud. (It’s an audio link with really basic slideshow)

All the horns mutate into night creatures on this track, the strings are classic horror strains, the drums, bass and electric keys are pure swanky funk.

And to round out this set is Deodado, who Jungalero introduced me to, with a nice blend of lush orchestra and swanky funk and this one actually had video footage. ENJOY!!!