Not Of This Earth was an alien-tastic 1988 film that blended science fiction with doses of horror, starring Traci Lords. With all those elements in place, you can just imagine the kinds of tunes soundtrack composer Chuck Cirino came up with. Very generous doses of 80’s production and a frantic synth-sensibility, on the Graveface label.
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Opaque yellow/ transparent milky clear vinyl LP on Graveface, in tip-on gatefold sleeve.
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Terror Vision records is a very punny new label dedicated to - you guessed right - releasing cult sci-fi silliness, from the netherworld of the '80s. The cheese is here, you betcha. Even the record is a big slab of yellow. Cheese is yellow too. Parallels.
Believe it or not, Traci Lords’ character isn’t the alien, it’s actually this guy in a hospital bed but she finds out and has to tell the world but WILL SHE SURVIVE? Judging by these Darkplace-esque cues, it sounds like she’ll be alright, they sort of nullify any real evil’s chance of being sinister entirely. It’s got that 80s sound of a primitive digital synth pretending to play a guitar solo, string bend emulation and all. There are also tense-beyond-tension fake timpani knocks and even some imitation slap bass parts, I can hear you drooling from here you '80s fetisher, you.
It must be a hilarious film from these cues that either doesn’t take itself too seriously OR (maybe more likely) takes itself really seriously and is amazing to behold in hindsight. As for the music, it’s exactly what throwbackers want to hear so if you’re into that then go right ahead and stay tuned to the label, there’ll be more soon no doubt.
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