THE APPLE

“THE APPLE” soundtrack: 2 versions (1980)

From Nate Thompson’s now-defunct soundtrack blog 7 Black Notes:

After officially buying Cannon Films from its British founders in 1979, Menaham Golan stepped behind the camera again for a colorful, widescreen musical spectacular, shot in Germany with a bizarre international cast including newbie Catherine Mary Stewart (’Night of the Comet’), future BBC staple Grace Kennedy, Joss Ackland (’Lethal Weapon 2′), and the wonderfully hammy Vladek Sheybal (’From Russia with Love’) as Mr. Boogalow, a satanic record producer who controls the world of pop culture in the futuristic year of 1994.

The end result, ‘The Apple’, appalled audiences worldwide with its glam-rock fusion of biblical symbolism, dirty disco, and dieties descending from the sky in pimpmobiles, though it has more recently become a perpetual revival house and midnight movie favorite. The, uh, unique songs are the brainchild of Israeli popster Coby Recht and American composer George S. Clinton (who also appears onscreen as a mind-controlled reporter), later known for much bigger titles like ‘Austin Powers’, ‘Wild Things’ and ‘Mortal Kombat’. ‘Xanadu’ ain’t got nothin’ on this one, baby.

Before it enjoyed its current midnight-movie revival and late night cable TV status, “The Apple” languished at the video store I’ve worked at for ages, on the “musicals” shelf, thoroughly unwatched until one day, a fellow employee noticed its colorful cover box, and popped it in, unaware of what he was in store for. Needless to say, he was instantly bowled over, and proceeded to hound every last co-worker until we’d all seen it. I quickly became infatuated with the film’s jaw-dropping lyrics and faux futuristic inanities, and cobbled together a homemade soundtrack CD by ripping the audio from our old VHS rental tape. Eventually we tracked down an LP copy of the official version, probably the only album to have ever been released by Cannon Records! In comparing the two, I was disappointed by the LP version’s tendency to bathe every note of every song in a torrent of phase and flange effects, whereas in the video version, those effects are absent. Also, the LP version does not contain every song, bit of extraneous dialogue or extended music cue that the video version does.

Later, I thought of re-recording the video version when “The Apple” finally came out on DVD, but decided against it. I guess I like that thick layer of tape hiss too much; it reminds me of that bygone era when VHS was king. Here, I offer both versions for download. You decide which one you like best.

“The Apple”, VHS audio rip (ZIP file)
“The Apple”, soundtrack LP (ZIP file)

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71 Responses to THE APPLE

  1. cathy says:

    Thank you sir. I can’t say enough about these jaw dropping songs, and now I can share them w/o having to sit people down in front of the TV. Your thoroughness is appreciated.

  2. Xopher.tm says:

    You’re one twisted SOB Bret. Which is, of course, why I keep coming back. Thanks again for all your efforts.

  3. Pup Don says:

    OMG, I have this LP, got it on Ebay, but had no way to rip it to mp3. I’ve been looking for this for ages. Now I can spread the gosple of the BIM on my ipod. Yay!!! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. cranky says:

    oh wow, i’ve been looking for this soundtrack for FOREVER!

    thank you!

    :)

  5. Robbie Ryan says:

    Thank you for posting this! This is one of those movies that is so terrible you can’t help watching it over and over again. Mr. Topps will save us!

  6. oscar says:

    Oh my God. Thank you so much. I’ve wanted these stupidly catchy songs for years.

  7. Vicky says:

    Thank you so much.

  8. Mushroom says:

    And now we’ll do the Apple Dance… But first, please put this BIM mark on your forehead. I remember the film getting way too much airplay on The Movie Channel in the mid-80′s and my sister really liked it. It was complete crap. :-D

    “…Moosejaw?!”

  9. ehsteve14 says:

    GO BACK TO MOOSEJAW!!!

    But really, thanks for this.

  10. Flying Spaghetti Monster says:

    The one glorious thing which the album has tha the film does not have is the wondrous gem of Mr. Topps actually SCATTING!!

  11. Thank you so much for this. I’ve been trying to find this soundtrack for a while now.

    Cheers,
    Luigi

  12. luxurious says:

    This is my favorite musical, most disco-licious soundtrack ever!

  13. OrangeWilliam says:

    You are the King !!!! Or should I say… the Moss-tah !!

    It’s a natural, natural, natural desire…
    To want the actual, actual, actual soundtrack !!!!

    You have made me very happy – THANKS !!!!

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  25. Caesius says:

    Just another one of those people wanting to send you a great big THANK YOU for the time and effort at doing this and making them available. I was maybe 14 or so when I first saw The Apple on a pay-cable channel and as such (back then as it is now) what was on would be played a lot. I knew, even then, that it was a bad film, but the music really had the kind of hook that stayed with me. Call it a guilty pleasure. About 6 years later I found the soundtrack LP in a used record store (remember those?) and have enjoyed it until – as with many of us – I no longer had a record player. And you have brought this joy back. I just rewatched the film via Netflix and am even more thankful that you added the VHS rip. Now to leave a separate thanks for URGH! A Music War….

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