Here’s some fun tracks made out of audio I’ve ripped from movies I’ve seen recently, prescription ranging from the silly to the strange, diagnosis the banal to the breathtaking.


Somewhere a few months ago, I read that the soundtrack album for “Full Metal Jacket” had on it a track where R. Lee Ermey did a boot camp rap over a cheesy backing beat. Of course, I had to hear it right away…

Turns out that it isn’t so much Ermey on the mic than it is dialogue clips from the film layed over said cheesy backing beat, with a shredding guitar solo in the middle. The music for the whole film is credited to “Abigail Mead”, which is a pseudonym for Vivian Kubrick, Stanley’s daughter. Nigel Goulding is just some studio musician hack, I guess.

In addition to being on the soundtrack album, this song was released on its own as a 12″ single!

Abilgail Mead & Nigel Goulding (w/ R. Lee Ermey) – “Full Metal Jacket (I Wanna Be Your Drill Instructor)” 12″ (MP3)


Plot outline: “Deadly Friend” is simply a story about the robotic ghoul next door, or I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, updated for the ’80s by director Wes Craven of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” fame. A super-nerdy brainiac (Matthew Laborteaux, “Little House on the Prairie”) makes an artificial intelligence robot named BB, and falls for his abused hottie neighbor (Kristy Swanson, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). Tragedy strikes, and both the robot and the girl have near-fatal accidents on Halloween. The nerd swings in to action and fuses their brains together. Unfortunately this radical medical procedure turns his girlfriend into a death-crazed zombie with scary strength. Deadly bloody mayhem ensues. – DVD Verdict

Screw Nightmare on Elm Street — this is simply the best Wes Craven movie ever. From the opening scene of the film, we’re treated to an artifically-intelligent robot named “BB”, who babbles incoherently in a made-up language that makes it sound like he’s an Ewok. The film is an insane grab-bag of killer robots, biker gangs, teenage geniuses, reanimated corpses, drunk incestuous morally-bankrupt fathers, gratuitous gory dream sequences (after all, it was directed by the man who created Freddy Krueger), and, best of all, a cranky neighbor with a shotgun (played by Anne Ramsey, who undergoes what is easily one of the best death sequences in all of ’80s horrordom).

The music over the end credits is a wild, laughable ode to the film’s deadly robot. Even out of context, the song is retarded.

Charles Bernstein(?) – BB (MP3)


Plot outline: “High school student turns out to be personification of Lucifer. Two arch angels in human form (as women) take him on.”

1981’s “Fear No Evil” is a goofy, slightly strange demonic possession flick notable for its rock and roll soundtrack provided mostly by Sire Records, who at the time had the Ramones, Talking Heads and the B-52’s in its roster. The punk rock theme, though, is shattered completely by the film’s end credits theme song, done by a goofy-ass deep-throated metal band called Trybe, very much in the vein of Saxon or Krokus.

Trybe – “Fear No Evil” end credits theme (MP3)

ALIEN (1979)

Jerry Goldsmith’s spidery, frigid orchestral score for “Alien” is the perfect compliment to what’s rightly considered one of the most powerful films in both the sci-fi and horror genres — but it’s difficult to piece together just what music cues from the “Alien” soundtrack LP actually appear in the film itself. On the subject, Wikipedia sez:

Director Ridley Scott and editor Terry Rawlings became quite attached to several of the cues they used for the temporary track while cutting the movie. As a result they moved around much of Goldsmith’s score and had many sequences rescored. (Interviews on the ‘Quadrilogy’ DVD release of this film document the viewpoints of Goldsmith, Rawlings and Scott in regard to this situation and why it occurred.) Two cues from Goldsmith’s earlier score for ‘Freud’ appear in the film, and a section of Howard Hanson’s second symphony, ‘The Romantic,’ replaced the end credits. As a result, Goldsmith’s original soundtrack LP represented more the original score he wrote than what ended up appearing in the film.

In any case, the one mystery credit, when it comes to the music of “Alien”, is who scored the film’s theatrical trailer? Judging by Goldsmith’s work elsewhere on sci-fi films like “Logan’s Run” and “Outland”, it’s quite possible he did it, but there seems to be little info available on the subject.

“Alien” – theatrical trailer audio track


I always love it when a singer or band mentions their own name in song lyrics — Bo Diddley is the king of this practice — but it’s an extra special treat to hear a movie theme song that repeatedly uses its own name. In this case, we have the end credits theme to the ‘85 Charles Bronson crime drama “Murphy’s Law”, in which once again, Bronson plays, um — Bronson. Here, the theme of the film is sung by Bronson’s co-star Kathleen Wilhoite. These lyrics have to be heard to be believed, but yet, the logic of them seems typical for a Golan-Globus production. As an added bonus, the track is sung by the film’s wiley co-star, Kathleen Wilhoite.

“Murphy’s Law” theme song (MP3)


Lars von Trier’s Danish television miniseries reaches the “Twin Peaks”-like peak of weirdness, standing out as possibly one of the most warped things to have ever been broadcast on network television anywhere. 99% of all the action takes place in the neurosurgical ward of Denmark’s biggest hospital, and while the overall tone of the series is quite disturbing, the mood at the head of each episode is momentarily broken by the opening credits sequence and its accompanying militaristic theme song —

“The Kingdom” opening credits theme (MP3)

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  1. Rich says:

    Thanks for all those. Really unique tracks, too.
    The Full Metal Jacket track sounds just like Gary Clail’s Tackhead song ‘I Wanna Be an Airborne Ranger’. Geez, you could play those tracks back-to-back they’re so similar.
    And the Kingdom song and that haunting bit of music from the Alien trailer – too cool!

  2. filmgoerjuan says:

    The Art of the Title recently featured a post with a link to the opening credits of The Kingdom. It’s a decidedly funny, definitely weird series…but oh how I love it!

  3. Seth says:

    Great, now I’m going to have that Kingdom song stuck in my head all night! Sort of sounds like what the “Miami Vice” theme song would have sound like it were done by Nitzer Ebb or someone like that. KING-DOM! Great, great series too, of course. Too bad they couldn’t continue with it.

  4. buzz says:

    Thanx for THE KINGDOM opening title! This was a great series — what a pity it was turned into a turgid Stephen King mini-series a few years ago that flopped badly. How I wish they would have ended the original series.

  5. Ian says:

    just read this (while watching the movie, naturally) on the wiki..

    “Two theatrical trailers were shown to the public. The first consisted of rapidly-changing still images set to some of Jerry Goldsmith’s electronic music from Logan’s Run. The second used test footage of a hen’s egg set to part of Goldsmith’s Alien score.[53] The film was previewed in various U.S. cities in the spring of 1979[53] and was promoted by the tagline “In space no one can hear you scream.”[60][64]“

  6. J Thyme says:

    I caught this one being broadcast about 10 years ago. Brilliant series.

  7. Dave Goulding says:

    Re “Full Metal Jacket”, Nigel Goulding was an extra in the film (Private Beautiful!) and met Vivian Kubrick on the set. They collaborated and he co-wrote the song with her, hence the credit. Calling him a hack seems a trifle harsh…but as he’s my brother, I would say that, wouldn’t I? It was a massive hit in the UK in 1987, and it looks like Tackheads version came out in 1989.