Thursday, July 20, 2006

Soap Gets In Your Ears: Part 2

The ultra-trashy novels of Harold Robbins have provided some entertaining, glossy sleaze over the years (see The Carpetbaggers, The Betsy and The Adventurers, for starters), but sitting at the top of the trash heap is The Lonely Lady. This side-splitting1983 soaper stars Pia Zadora as a wide-eyed aspiring screenwriter who gets raped with a garden hose (by Ray Liotta) and decides to sleep her way to the top of the Hollywood elite, thanks to her brilliant writing prowess and ability to copulate on pool tables. Featuring one of the funniest mental breakdown sequences ever filmed, this gem from once-talented Hammer director Peter Sasdy (Countess Dracula, Hands of the Ripper) won a boatload of Razzies and is still screaming out for a DVD release. The soundtrack is a wonderfully ripe chunk of '80s pop excess, including an over-the-top theme song (by "Ellis Hall, Jr.") and, best of all, a zippy cover of the Belle Stars' "The Clapping Song" enhanced by the vocal stylings of Ms. Zadora herself.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


Great site. Was wondering if you were open to any suggestions? Would love to hear some early 80's Charles Bernstein soundtracks!

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Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Thanks, Xtabay -- your magnificent blog is one of my favorites, so it's an honor you dropped by to visit. I hope your hard drive doesn't burst!

And thanks for the suggestion, Anonymous; I have some Bernstein in line to post, so look for it soon.

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Anonymous christian licorice said...

awesome blog. many thanks for anything/everything you post/have posted/will ever post.

while we are on the subject of pia zadora, any chance you have the score to Pia's other epic Butterfly (score by ennio morricone)?

7:50 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Thanks, CL. Oh yeah, Butterfly is a nice one. Probably won't post it anytime soon since it's still commercially available (for around $3 on eBay and Amazon!), but if it goes out of print, I'll offer it up.

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