Friday, August 11, 2006

Basketball with BB

A number of folks have been requesting music from the underrated Charles Bernstein, so here's the first one to make you happy. Way back in 1986, Bernstein and director Wes Craven were fresh off the iconic A Nightmare on Elm Street and teamed up again for Craven's first real studio film, Deadly Friend. The story follows the attempts of a tormented teen scientist (Matthew Laborteaux) to revive the pretty dead girl next door (future skating celeb/gossip favorite Kristy Swanson) by implanting a chip from his pet robot, BB. Not surprisingly, things go very badly afterwards. Unfortunately Warner Brothers wasn't too keen on this tragic, mildly creepy teen love story and insisted on a number of ridiculous changes, including a junky, nonsensical ending. The final result has its share of tampering issues (heck, what '80s Craven movie doesn't?) but still has its good points, namely Bernstein's appropriately electronic-heavy score and a classic gore gag involving cranky Anne Ramsay and a very powerful basketball. For some reason a good chunk of music (including the opening titles!) never made it onto the soundtrack, so if that much-promised CD release ever comes to pass, let's hope it's an expanded special edition. In the meantime, enjoy this tasty dose of '80s synth-horror... and brace yourself for "BB's Song." (Oh yeah, and I was dismayed to just discover my LP of Bernstein's excellent Gator score is in less-than-prime condition; if anyone has a clean rip handy, please share!)

Deadly Friend
1. BB's Theme
2. BB's Song
3. Love Waves
4. Halloween
5. BB's Funeral
6. Hot Head In Bed
7. Back Porch Romance
8. Elvira, Mad Again
9. Nutcracker Street
10. Daddy Dearest
11. Slam Dunk
12. BB Gunned
13. Goodnight Kiss
14. Change of Minds
15. Just Choking
16. Born Again

17. Spotting Pop
18. Body Snatchers

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Blogger ISBUM said...

I put Gator on rapidshare for you here to say thanks for the scores.
If you post on the FSM message board, my name there is zippy.

Sorry about the length of this, I am nude to this ;)

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi again 7 black notes. can i ask a question? may you tell me, where i find old soundtracks like these as free: witchcraft by john scott, cleopatra by alex north, lust for life by miklos rozsa, samson and delilah by victor young, the ten commandments by elmer bernstein, we are no angles by george fenton etc. thanks..........the graphic designer

3:37 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Thanks, ISBUM -- unfortunately the link doesn't seem to go to a valid file. Can you verify that's the correct name? I'll look for you on FSM, and many thanks again.

And hey, Graphic -- "Witchcraft" is a likely post in the future, but I haven't seen the others around. I believe "We're No Angels" can be grabbed for a dollar or less on several mp3 sites like,, etc.; the others might be on there, too.

4:36 PM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

Well, darn it. Skip the underlines and leave them as spaces. Yep I'm a newbie!
Let me get back to you here or plain ol email me

5:42 PM  
Blogger fauxteur said...

great shares all around, thanks a lot

1:56 PM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

For "Gator" try this one

let me know if this works 4U

10:46 AM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Yep, that one works great. Thank you very, very, very much!

11:06 AM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

Thanks for the Schifrin!
How'd you know he's my favorite composer?
I am still missing "Voyage of the Dammed" though. Per chance?

1:17 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Yep, I have Voyage of the Damned but haven't gotten it ready yet; watch for it in a future posting!

3:40 PM  
Blogger ISBUM said..., I'll be watching and waiting.

3:56 PM  
Blogger attax said...

THanks man, I had this record years ago ....

4:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Deadly Friend! I had this on Vinyl when I was a teenager and ended up selling it along with a whole bunch of other Vinyl. This was the time between me not having a turntable and not having a PC to transfer. So its great to revisit this old classic. And yes, Im hoping for the expanded release. I might pick up Cujo as well. Thankyou once again!

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Isbum, thanks for the Gator link. I LOVE IT!

9:21 AM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

Your welcome anon, it's Bernstein baby! Charles, that is. ;)

12:55 AM  
Blogger Oliver said...

Our mutual friend, Don Guarisco, pointed me to your blog, and I just want to say THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I've been collecting scores for 18 years and I never once gave a listen to Charles Bernstein, but thanks to you I'm hooked! I've listened to this gem at least 20 times already. I continually grow more nostalgic for all the movies from the 80's--especially the horror films with those great synth scores! Just wanted to say thank you. I'm a filmmaker who's new to all this blogging stuff, but I've been linking around to some other people's blogs and they've got some great, rare stuff. Here's a link to my inventory of scores if there's anything your heart desires me to post...

3:22 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Hey Oliver,
Thanks! Hope you find some good stuff here; there's more Bernstein on the way, too. Great list there; I'd be very curious to hear Goldsmith's The Vanishing or that promo John Powell release if you get a chance. Tell Don I said hi!

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh No! The link has gone :(
it's possible to have it again?

4:34 AM  
Blogger Oliver said...

Hi, 7 Black Notes! So sorry it took me this long to do this, but as requested, here's Goldsmith's "The Vanishing" which includes a goodly amount of "Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend" plus themes from "Damnation Alley" and "Barnaby Jones." I also posted the John Powell promo CD which has a bunch of interesting stuff. It's difficult, but who knows? I may get into this in a bigger way, post some more, and actually say a few things about the scores soon. Until then...

2:24 PM  
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