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Old 25-06-2014, 11:59 PM   #1
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Disco Undead (80s electronic horror soundtrack tribute)

Any other fans of this tribute to the days when horror soundtracks were chock full of eerie electronic goodness? Disco Undead is a few years old now, but it's a crackingly good album for fans of 70s/80s Italian horror classics (Zombie Flesh Eaters, Burial Ground: The Nights Of Terror, Suspiria, Deep Red, Cannibal Holocaust - composers like Fabio Frizzi, Riz Ortolani, Claudio Simonetti/Goblin) and John Carpenter's smokin' minimal electronic soundtracks to his excellent early films (Assault On Precinct 13, Halloween, Escape From New York, The Thing - okay, the last one's a Morricone soundtrack). It's a fitting tribute to the glory days of exploitation cinema (please don't use the G-word, I beg of you); eerie and spooky sounds abound - and it's toe-tappingly infectious! Good use of sampling, too, to really take you back to the films themselves. Any other fans?

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Old 26-06-2014, 09:33 AM   #2
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What's the G word?

Gore? Grindhouse?

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Re: Disco Undead (80s electronic horror soundtrack tribute)

I've always loved the experimental modular stuff I've heard in some of the 50-70's Horror OSTs.

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Old 26-06-2014, 10:28 AM   #4
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"Grindhouse". I hate the term. I'd never even heard it until the Tarantino and Rodriguez film, and I've been watching those kind of films since the early 80s. No-one used it then, and now it's been retroactively added to practically everything from the time frame as long as it lacked a budget or an A-list director, which is ironic, given Grindhouse had both. Now most movie shops even have a "grindhouse" section.

And as Nathan Barley-esque hipsters need a peg to hang the remains of their vulture-like feeding on the carcass of popular culture on, so to make it sound "edgy" - or to reduce it to a simple commodity for easy digestion and regurgitation, "grindhouse" is unfortunately it. It's not an authentic term or one used prior to the marketing campaign of the aforementioned film; certainly no 42nd Street cinema ever referred to itself in such a fashion.

I'll get off of that soapbox right now. As a long-time cult and horror film fan, it's a pet peeve. You may have noticed a touch of mild annoyance there. Not directed at anyone here, by the way.

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Re: Disco Undead (80s electronic horror soundtrack tribute)

Great rant. Educational too.

Got a touch too paranoid and apologetic just at the end though

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