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Return Of The Living Dead [Soundtrack]

Return Of The Living Dead Audio CD

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1. Surfin' Dead - The Cramps
2. Partytime [Zombie Version] - .45 Grave
3. Nothing for You - T.S.O.L.
4. Eyes Without a Face - The Flesheaters
5. Burn the Flames - Roky Erickson
6. Dead Beat Dance - The Damned
7. Take a Walk - Tall Boys
8. Love Under Will - Jet Black Berries
9. Tonight (We'll Make Love Until We Die) - SSQ
10. Trash's Theme - SSQ

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If there is a lesson to be learned from the movie The Return of the Living Dead and its soundtrack, it's that the only good punk is an undead punk. Many of the songs that underscore this zombification of humankind are bathed in 1980s horror punk rock, most notably from the American hardcore scene. In the opening tracks you have 45 Grave's take on the far-gone dysfunctional family in its hard-edged goth-metal "Partytime (zombie version)", the emotional isolation of TSOL's straight-ahead "Nothing For You", and the trashy, treble-topping nonsense of The Flesheaters' "Eyes Without a Face". But even the most highly exalted examples of filmic camp can articulate moments of self-reflection--or try to, anyway. And what better music to score a man's decision to toss himself into a crematorium oven and stop his transformation into a brain-eating ghoul than the psychedelic misgivings of Roky Erickson's "Burn The Flames"? Scavenging off this initial angst are the Tall Boys with the suicidal romanticism of "Take A Walk" and the quick forays of SSQ into New Wave synth scores--a tasty, bloody dessert to top off this banquet of fresh flesh. --Michael Woodring

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Killer soundtrack to 1985 trash feat.The Cramps, The Damned, TSOL, Roky Erickson and more!

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5.0 out of 5 stars My love of this movie and soundtrack makes me feel a little hypocritical... 19 Feb 2007
By Mr. Richard K. Weems - Published on Amazon.com
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It's nice to be able to pick up something you once liked in your younger days and still find something to admire. Growing up a punk kid in South Jersey, I found it hard to find punk music. Sure, I could pick up the whole Pink Floyd discography and shuffle it about with Zeppelin, but the Sex Pistols? Black Flag? There was no way in hell I was going to find any of THAT at the local record store.

But this album flew in under the radar. Because it was a movie soundtrack, and because the movie was new at the time (I had seen it in the theatre and rushed to the store to see if I could finally find some music that people I actually identified with listened to), the Wee Three (or whatever) records actually had this one in stock.

And there it was--my first education in punk music, followed shortly thereafter by the soundtrack to _Repo Man_, the only kind of punk music that slipped through the fishing nets of banality surrounding South Jersey. I have gone on to absolutely adore The Cramps, but am slightly saddened that I have rarely heard a song by them as absolutely catchy and singable as "Surfin' Dead." This was also my introduction to The Damned and The Flesheaters ("Eyes Without A Face" is without doubt the most raucous track on this disc, something to play loud on the boom box when walking down the street just to make the old biddies get out of the way). There are also some heavily synthed 80's style new wave on here, with SSQ and The Jet Back Berries, but with metal like 45 Grave's "Partytime (Zombie Version)," one needs not feel at all embarrassed. And if you are looking for your soundtrack for when you've been partying too hard and have little left in you but to stare at the ceiling and sing out some lyrics, Roky Erickson's "Burn the Flames" is just the thing.

Even better than a good intro to some good punk bands, this soundtrack nicely captures the essence of one of the best zombie movies of the 80's--a good predecessor to _Shaun of the Dead_, in that it is a zombie movie that is very cognizant of the standards of zombie movies and plays around with them. This is also the probably the ONLY movie with fast zombies that I like--which makes me feel a little hypocritical, for I have vocally despised the fast zombie trend since what I thought was its inception recently...but then I had a reminder that this movie also has fast zombies, and I must admit that I am quite fond of this movie.

Not every punk soundtrack I was able to score in the early to mid 80's proved to be this good in retrospect. There is no denying the impact of _Repo Man_, which I wrote about earlier, but then there was the soundtrack to _Desperate Teenage Lovedolls_, which spun on my little fold-out turntable many a times on my violent youth, but now offers little of interest.

For this one, I will merely quote The Cramps on the first track: "There's nothing on the radio when you're dead. / There's nothing at the movie show when you're dead. / There's nowhere left for YOU to go when you're dead, / So do the dead."

That about sums it up. A classic album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't even like this kind of music 7 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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But for some reason it's GREAT! Everytime I listen to it I picture all the scenes from the movie. Which by the way is probably my number one all time favorite. I think this is the best movie soundtrack. Buy it Now if you're a fan of the movie.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Would Give This Movie Seven Stars If I Could!!! 22 Feb 2010
By The Zipper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Return of the Living Dead is the best zombie movie ever made. My boyfriend and I must have watched this film thirty times. It's hilarious! Scary! The scariest thing is that it's so realistic! The special effects are a little dated compared to newer movies like the Dawn of the Dead remake, and like all horror movies it has a moron or two who make stupid decisions when the time is right, but the reason Return really gets inside your head is that everybody else acts exactly like you think you would in the zombie apocalypse!!! They do things like barricade their windows and run for working cars and lock up their own friends when they're bitten and sick. Return also makes fun of a lot of other zombie films like the Romero classics which is awesome. The way it ends is a huge shocker!!! Maybe ten stars would be better!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the cult movie lovers! 24 Jun 2008
By Stephen J. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The classic Return of the living dead has an equally classic soundtrack. Everyone will remember "Do you wanna party" from 45 Grave and you will find this and other gems on this vintage soundtrack. Cult classic, full stop.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best soundtracks ever! 10 Dec 2001
By T. Semonik - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best sountracks ever made! Dark, funny and sweet all at the same time, the movie is a classic... the soundtrack adds to the experience!
In my humble opinion, the best punk/goth compilations are those not initially intended to be an "instant goth-in-a-box, just add water, black lipstick included" set, but ones that just HAPPEN, such as this.
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