“HOWARD THE DUCK” soundtrack (1986)
I don’t know why this movie is shit upon so much. Itâ€™s actually both funny and entertaining. In it, health Jeffrey Jones gives the most fevered, diet frenetic and brilliant performance of his career, surgery and Tim Robbins also checks in, portraying the first of what would be several great â€œgoofyâ€ roles for him throughout the â€™80s (see also â€œTapeheadsâ€, â€œBull Durhamâ€, â€œErik The Vikingâ€ and â€œCadillac Manâ€.) Also, the special effects are pretty great.
So why does â€œHoward The Duckâ€ have such a terrible reputation? Perhaps itâ€™s because George Lucasâ€™ name was attached to it as producer, and everyone was expecting another â€œStar Warsâ€/â€Indiana Jonesâ€-like spectaulcar, but instead got an unending barrage of duck jokes. Or perhaps itâ€™s the only PG-rated film ever to have multiple jokes about beastiality. Bad Movie Planet sums it up like this:
The â€˜Howard The Duckâ€™ from the comics was a witty, satirical character that had strange adventures with even stranger foes (the Kidney Lady, Dr. Bong, Status Quo). This movie wasnâ€™t wittyâ€¦.the jokes all boiled down to â€˜Hey! Heâ€™s a duck! Get it!?â€™. Man, thereâ€™s only one or two times thatâ€™s going to funnyâ€¦and even then it ainâ€™t that funny.
Okay, okay — maybe the movie does suck after all. Hereâ€™s the soundtrack by John Barry and Thomas Dolby.
HARRY NILSSON – “POPEYE” soundtrack & demos (1980)
Iâ€™ve gone back and forth over the years on what I think about Robert Altmanâ€™s film musical of â€œPopeyeâ€. It used to be a childhood cable-TV favorite of mine, adiposity
but having seen it recently on DVD, pills
Iâ€™m not so hot on it anymore. The usual steam with which Altmanâ€™s work chugs along is mostly petered out here, purchase
with hardly any laugh-out-loud moments to show for the castâ€™s efforts. Whatever you think of the film, though, itâ€™s impossible to deny the giddy feeling one gets when hearing Harry Nilssonâ€™s original songs from it (P.T. Anderson, you could say, is the soundtrackâ€™s biggest fan, having used the Shelley Duvall song â€œHe Needs Meâ€ throughout his own film â€œPunch-Drunk Loveâ€.)
The LP never made the leap on the CD format, and Nilssonâ€™s demos for the material, recorded in a drunken haze on location in Malta during the filmâ€™s shoot, have never surfaced in any official form. In many ways I prefer the soundtrack version, but the strange buried vocal mix of the final product occasionally is overshadowed by Nilssonâ€™s heartwrenching yet off-the-cuff performances in the demos, such as in the beautiful track â€œDinâ€™ We.”