"Record Store Collapses Under Weight of John Carpenter Re-issues" was an earlier the Onion-style headline we once used to try to make you crack a smile and lo and behold here is another re-press from the soundtrack lord. This time it's the soundtrack for They Live one of his urban Western type films with a fist fight and a sci-fi twist. One of the most interesting things about this re-issue is that it has artwork designed by Alan Hynes which reveals hidden messages when you put on the enclosed pair of sunglasses. Worth the £35.99 price tag alone for that.
Vinyl LP £35.99 DW130
180g BLACK vinyl reissue LP on Death Waltz featuring new artwork design by Alan Hynes - slipcase reveals hidden messages!.
Vinyl LP £18.49 DW9DL
Deluxe reissue 180g frosted clear vinyl gatefold LP + poster on Death Waltz.
Well this is exciting. Death Waltz’s Carpenterpallooza continues with the soundtrack to his bleakly satirical dystopian sci-fi romp ‘They Live’, which you might remember saw wrestling icon Rowdy Roddy Piper up against an Icke-ian legion of body-snatching aliens bent on world domination.
It’s one of my favourite John Carpenter films and also a very strong soundtrack from John and regular collaborator Alan Howarth, taking the director’s iconic glacial synth-based style and soaking it in Ennio Morricone-style atmospheres with slow-burning tension and some nice little bluesy harmonica swells, giving the mechanical ‘80s sheen of the synth-heavy compositions a playful spaghetti western feel whilst keeping a hold on the more synthetic and futuristic aspects which the director made his trademark - a perfect fit for a sci-fi western such as this. One of Carpenter’s finest moments, I think.
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- They Live by John Carpenter in association with Alan Howarth
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