EGG CITY RADIO’S MOVIE MUSIC ARCHIVES (2 of 4)

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POLICE ACADEMY 6: CITY UNDER SIEGE (1989)

It’s hard to defend this film, so I won’t bother. I know it’s total shit, but for an inexplicable reason I have a soft spot for the backwards, drooling simpleton of a franchise known as “Police Academy”. This clip perfectly explains why; here we have Lt. Hightower (Bubba Smith) and the mousey Sgt. Hooks (Marion Ramsey) questioning a coupla street performer MCs about the whereabouts of a suspect…or something. The MCs respond in rhyme, so Hightower and Hooks reply back…in rhyme…or something. The rhythm of the way the sequence is edited is so poor that none of the four actors by the end of the scene are on beat.

“Police Academy 6″ interrogation rap (MP3)

DEATH PROMISE (1977)

What is there to say about ’70s kung fu cinema that hasn’t already been said — except that it’s nearly impossible to stop watching any picture that opens with a piece of audio like this! As they say in the song itself, “That’s a promise! That’s a promise…”

“Death Promise” opening theme (MP3)

PRIVATE DUTY NURSES (1971)

George Armitage (”Grosse Point Blank”, “Miami Blues”) wrote and the directed this above-average sexploitationer for Roger Corman in ‘71 as a quick sequel to Corman’s enormously successful “The Student Nurses” (1970). It’s full of the usual catty bickering and sexcapades one would expect from a bunch of young women in the nursing profession, but during a “party” sequence, there’s also this snappy foot-stomper by an uncredited rock band…

“How’s That Treatin’ Yer Mouth, Babe?” (MP3)

PERFECT STRANGERS (1984)

Plot outline: A pulpy, stylish thriller about a Mafia hit man who falls for the mother of the two-year-old witness to one of his contract slayings.

Writer-director Larry Cohen is drunk on cinema, which would explain why a great deal of his movies (“The Stuff”, “Bone”, “God Told Me To”, “Q: The Winged Serpent”, “It’s Alive”) are so hazy. “Perfect Strangers” abounds with boozy, staggering energy, whipping along at a brisk pace, without any time for you, the viewer, to ever say to yourself “Gee, wasn’t that plot point awfully fucked!” Aiding and abetting in this glorious mess are a few original songs by Michael Minard, who also did the music for Cohen’s “Special Effects” (which also came out in 1984 right alongside “Perfect Strangers”.)

Michael Minard – “I’m A Shadow (On The Walls of the City)” (MP3)
Michael Minard – “Mama, Look What The Big City’s Doin’ To Your Little Boy” (MP3)
Dwight Dixon – end credits (MP3)

BLOOD AND CONCRETE: A LOVE STORY (1991)

We know that Jennifer Beals can dance, as evidenced in — well, “Flashdance”, of course, but did you know that she could also croon? “Blood And Concrete” is an oddity from that great period of American independent film, the pre-Tarantino/post-Soderbergh late ’80s/early ’90s where quirkiness wasn’t simply just a required means to an end, a period that also includes “Motorama”, “Rubin and Ed” and “Sonny Boy”.

Jennifer Beals – “One Girl In A Million” (MP3)

AUTHOR, AUTHOR (1982)

Plot outline: While facing the stress of his play being produced on Broadway, a playwright (Al Pacino) deals with having to raise his sons, his stepdaughters and his sons’ friend.

I’m gonna guess that Pacino’s agent, after having his client appear in the ultra-lurid gay thriller “Cruising”, thought it best for Al’s career if the actor were to suddenly leap from exploitation to family-friendly fare. Whatever the case may be, “Author, Author” is the height of ’80s cinematic banality, and Pacino’s participation in it is more shocking than anything shown on-screen during “Cruising”. The greatest insult may be the film’s end credits song, “Coming Home To You”, which is “sung” by Michael Franks; upon listening to this song, you get the distinct impression that Mr. Franks had never uttered a note in his life before stepping in front of the mic to record it, for it is just a wretched, wretched performance. The lyrics don’t help, either. I do enjoy those wildly out-of-place disco drum pad noises that wander in from time to time, though –

Michael Franks – “Milk and Cookies” (MP3)

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724 Responses to EGG CITY RADIO’S MOVIE MUSIC ARCHIVES (2 of 4)

  1. Jude says:

    gonna try out this song on the woman tonight.

    if she fails to respond/react — she’s fired.

    thems lyrics.

    (viva Bret.)

  2. Jude says:

    I mean “Milk and Cookies” of course

  3. Zharaberserk says:

    Someone really ought to post the soundtrack to Myra Breckinridge somewhere, for the world to hear a septuagenarian Mae West performing “Hard to Handle”

  4. andrew says:

    the uncredited song from “Private Duty Nurses” is by a band called Sun. A solid rock band who put out two amazing records. I dj this song occasionally for good humor.

  5. thanks bret!
    all about the police academy!
    The theme from PA 4: Citizens on Patrol is may fav.
    LA Dream rapping and Michale Winslow making goofy sound effects doesn’t get better!