If you haven't watched 'Surf Nazis Must Die', it's about a bunch of Neo-Nazis who can surf and take control of a Californian beach -- then a grieving mother takes revenge on them with a lot of grenades. Yeah. Now, its soundtrack is being released by the newly launched Strange Disc Records. The score was never released alongside the movie, so this is its first official release: the music was composed and arranged by cult movie musician Jon McCallum, who decided the movie needed a good dosage of foreboding synth to go along with it. For fans of the dark ambient sound made by acts such as Tangerine Dream.
LP £28.99 SD-001LP
Black vinyl repress LP on Strange Disc, housed in deluxe old school gatefold tip-on jacket. Comes with extensive liner notes and original artwork by John McCallum himself.
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Tape £8.49 StrangeStatic01
Ltd tape on Strange Disc.
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Surf Nazis Must Die isn't a great film. I tried to watch it once but it's more ponderous and confusing than the badass title suggests. Thankfully this so-so mid-'80s Troma exploitation shocker does boast an excellent synth-laden soundtrack, and here you can enjoy it in its ideal setting - sans film.
Ultimately a revenge flick in which the mother of a murdered African American man hunts down the nazi surfers who murdered her son, in the setting of a lawless earthquake-ravaged California, Jon McCallum's score mixed throbbingly sinister Carpenter-inspired synths with peaceful drones and whooshes and mechanically looping rhythms. The press release mentions Tangerine Dream and their 'Near Dark' soundtrack is certainly pretty close to what's going on here, but with a dose of 'Deadly Spawn' schlock and a pulsating relentlessness that's almost techno-ish in places.
'Nobody Goes Home' is quite a departure from the brooding synth atmospheres of the rest of the LP, throwing in some squealing axe action for a gloriously garish bit of '80s drum machine thump and clifftop guitar heroics. It's like a strutting, muscular version of McGuire and Clark's 'Inner Tube'. Regardless of my opinion of the film itself, the 'Surf Nazis Must Die' soundtrack really does still stand up as an excellent album.
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