Monday, July 10, 2006

Girl Bombs Away!

Universally regarded as the worst film Mario Bava ever made, Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs was the less-than-spectacular follow-up to Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine with Fabian stepping in for an absent Frankie Avalon and Vincent Price still running around trying to cause world chaos. As usual with Bava's AIP titles, the film was drastically altered for its American release and, in its final version, appears to have been edited in a blender. Designed as a vehicle for would-be comedians Franco and Ciccio, the Italian version isn't much better but at least boasts a more coherent storyline; however, its teeth-grating music score by Lallo Gori (featuring Franco performing "vocal" duties) makes AIP's decision to scrap the entire soundtrack quite understandable. Taken on its own terms, the American LP is a great "with-it" pop collection alternating songs with instrumentals by the "Mad Doctors" (though Les Baxter is credited with the score on the actual film). Oh yeah, and musical direction comes courtesy of Mike Curb (see The Big Bounce below). As a bonus, you'll also find a homemade 6-minute suite of music from the Italian version; don't expect to listen to it more than once, but at least you'll get an idea of how very different the film's two incarnations really are.

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Anonymous boris said...

Granted it's not my favourite Price or Bava film, but I'm very happy to have the s/t nonetheless. Any chance you might have the "Bikini Machine" s/t as well?

12:37 AM  
Blogger gspeedlace said...

I found a sealed copy of this LP for something like $20 at a Hollywood bookstore in the late 90s and flipped over the great pop tracks. I've been championing this one to anyone who would listen ever since, and lost my copy (another loan that was never returned) for my efforts.

So thanks very much, I'm thrilled to have a chance to hear these cuts again!

2:55 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Glad you like! Unfortunately the Bikini Machine soundtrack has never been released (apart from the easily-obtained Supremes theme song as a single), but hopefully it will turn up one of these days.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as an avid Bava film and soundtrack collector, I want to thank you for posting this! Dunno how I would otherwise get hold of it! However, your Italian Score track seems to be missing in the Zip file... Any way you can also post this?

12:23 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

That's odd, the Italian score was in the zip file originally. Here's a separate link to the Italian suite:

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks, that worked!

2:08 PM  

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