Friday, July 21, 2006

Music To Make You Go Berserk!

One of the more unlikely box office heroes of the early '70s, Billy Jack first appeared onscreen in 1967's Born Losers but really took off in his self-titled 1971 feature, the directorial brainchild of star Tom Laughlin and his wife/co-star, Delores Taylor. The karate-chopping, Indian-defending, ex-Green Beret
became an instant star, returning in 1974's The Trial of Billy Jack and 1977's Billy Jack Goes to Washington (which never got to theaters). Jazz guitarist Mundell Lowe (Satan in High Heels) provides the score for the first film and offers some nice groovy flourishes here and there, though the highlight for many listeners will be the catchy hit theme song, "One Tin Soldier." Trial has a more traditional orchestral score by Elmer Bernstein, though you do get some weird touches like a Dies Irae death march, a choral version of "Give Peace a Chance," and the funky "Karate Fight." Read more about Billy Jack by visiting the official site.



Blogger nomwl1 said...


Just wanted to drop a note saying what a great blog this is!! Keep up the good work. Can't get enough cinematic weirdness! :))

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Anonymous deeky said...

once, a long time ago, i opened a mix CD i made with "A Rainbow Made Of Children." after about 30 seconds it cut to another tune, but i thought it a great way to start a CD. no one else did.

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Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Well, that would be enough to hook me. Hard to believe that song title even exists...

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another LP I was gonna, eventually, get round to recording.
I meant The Trial of B.J. - Cool Elmer Bernstein stuff there. I don't think I could take the other one. Hearing it might remind me of the movie... (shudder)

Thanks bunches!

8:12 PM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

Hey 7, I nearly forgot to thank you for these!
Makes me wonder how big Tom Laughlin's ego became after the success of B.J.

"We got the guy who scored Moses doing the music!"
Mundell Lowe, what a name.

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