Monday, September 18, 2006

Norman, Is That You?

A lot of people were surprised when 1982's dreaded "who asked for it?" sequel, Psycho II, turned out to be pretty decent and a modest box-office success. Naturally, Universal sensed the potential for a new franchise (a term they still slap on almost every DVD they release) and allowed star Anthony Perkins to hop into the director's chair for the next installment, 1986's Psycho III. The result was a beautiful, perverse study of dangerous psychology (despite some studio-imposed slasher additions), with an emotionally-scarred nun (Diana Scarwid) winding up at the Bates Motel and turning Norman's homicidal tendencies upside down. Closer to the Italian gothics than Hitchcock, it's a twisted treat worthy of rediscovery. The equally haunting music comes from Carter Burwell (his second score after Blood Simple), who hit the big time as the Cohen Brothers' regular composer (Fargo, Miller's Crossing, etc.) along with other excellent work like Being John Malkovich, Fear, and Rob Roy. The main theme here ("Maureen in the Desert") is powerful stuff and will stick in your head for days; it's been sampled a surprising number of times in electronica and chill-out pieces the past few years, though the soundtrack itself never hit CD and remains strangely obscure.

Psycho III
1. Maureen in the Desert
2. Before And After Shower
3. Warm As A Cry For Help
4. Sisters / Catherine Mary
5. Mother?
6. Bad Boys And Body Bags
7. Revenge Of A Thankless Child
8. Electroshock Waiting Room
9. Dirty Street
10. Scream of Love

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Blogger ISBUM said...

Give me a holler, I may have something you would like.

11:14 AM  
Blogger attax said...

Hi thank you, I had this years agon on LP and loved the score.

11:21 AM  
Blogger SENDERON said...

Cool, Thanks !

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Breton Girl said...

Great post, thanks!
It's just a pity the theme song, "Scream of love", is not here... Any way to have the song?

11:43 AM  
Blogger attax said...

Btw. do you have Raising Arizona ? :)

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psycho 3 DID go to CD - it's just extremely hard to find.

8:13 AM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Not commercially; there have been boots made from the LP (they show up on ebay sometimes).

9:11 AM  
Anonymous jackson2300 said...

it's strange because i know a special edition of this soundtrackwhich contain 10 tracks with the song when a girl make a striptease , it's a cool saxophon song !
thank you for the album i have the part 2 if someone is interresting

12:38 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

The striptease song is "Scream of Love" -- see a link for it in the comments above.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Jackson2300 said...

ah ok thankyou very much !

6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi 7, thanks for the post. but, you made a mistake: Before And After Shower is 3:26. your Before And After Shower 1:08. please check it and upload this song as same bitrate again. thank you.

3:35 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Here's the extended "Before & After Shower;" the main album post has been corrected as well for anyone who hasn't downloaded it yet.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you re-upload the soundtrack, please?

12:43 PM  
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