Thursday, October 19, 2006

Be Positive

Arguably the last masterpiece of theatrical adult filmmaking, 1982's Café Flesh became a full-fledged midnight cult hit thanks to its striking blend of sci-fi, social satire, and, of course, sex, usually with people dressed up as rats or pencils. (Really.) The story follows the unfortunate souls in the audience and onstage at Café Flesh, a post-apocalyptic club where the few remaining humans with functioning libidos are forced by law to perform for everyone else. Dark humor and numerous plot twists ensue. Scream queen Michelle Bauer stars under the name "Pia Snow," though reports differ on whether she used a body double during some of the big finale. The mad genius behind this one is Stephen Sayadian (under the name "Rinse Dream"), who had already made the almost-as-good Nightdreams and went on to semi-mainstream cultdom with 1990's Dr. Caligari. The outstanding new wave instrumental score comes from the eclectic Mitchell Froom (ex-husband of Suzanne Vega), who went on to fame with acts like Crowded House. (Too bad he'll always bear a certain badge of shame for inflicting the worst James Bond theme ever upon the world, Sheryl Crow's "Tomorrow Never Dies.") Here's the full score (long out of print under the title The Key of Cool), sequenced to play in the original film order and expanded to include some of the more memorable monologues and dialogue exchanges from the film.

Café Flesh
1. Thrill Factor
2. Welcome To Café Flesh
3. Fruto Prohibito

4. Strangle A Girl With Love
5. We Don't Dream
6. Pleasure Is A Widow Maker
7. Face Down
8. The Skull in The Cage
9. Miami Priests
10. Moms
11. Blue Lips
12. Be Positive
13. The Key Of Cool
14. Press The Panic Button
15. Jungle Of Cities
16. Patio
17. The End Of The Line
18. Zip Code
19. Thrill Factor (Reprise)

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll have to disagree with you on one thing. Madonna's theme song from "Die Another Day" is the worst theme song from the 007 series; however, I do think Crow's theme song is worst, which is a shame as Tomorrow Never Dies is my favorite Pierce Brosnan venture as Bond.

9:09 PM  
Anonymous colinr0380 said...

Just another thank you for this blog. The music is great, very eclectic! However it is not just the music but the interesting notes you provide to each score that makes this blog great. Thank you very much,from someone looking forward to seeing what you post up next!

3:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANXXXXXS ALOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


GREAT BLOG BY The WAY !!

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I meant to say:

I'll have to disagree with you on one thing. Madonna's theme song from "Die Another Day" is the worst theme song from the 007 series; however, I do think Crow's song is second worst theme, which is a shame as Tomorrow Never Dies is my favorite Pierce Brosnan venture as Bond. But Madonna's is much harder listen. Eric Serra even agrees on that one.

12:28 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Thanks guys! Enjoy your stay at the Cafe!

And Madonna's song is just forgettable. The Sheryl Crow song ("Darlin' I'm killed...") could have only been worse if it had been sung by Jessica or Ashlee Simpson.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From now on you are my GOD!! THANKS for the Café Flesh post!!

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Uncle Vernon said...

Thank you VERY, VERY MUCH. I've been searching for this soundtrack for years, so it's a very welcome addition to an already excellent blog.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous nekromistress said...

wow you are so awesome for posting this!

1:27 AM  
Blogger 0T0 said...

here's the link to the album cover i scanned (yep, i planed to share this score but you were quicker 7 black notes, congrats!) :
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y236/0t0matik/MitchelFroom-Thekeyofcool1984Slashr.jpg.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know if there was ever
a soundtrack release to these movies:

NEON NIGHTS by cecil howard
THE OPENING OF MISTY BEETHOVEN by
radley metzger

both feature some great music

chears

10:57 AM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Thanks for the cover!

Sadly most vintage porn never got a soundtrack release; in the case of Misty Beethoven (and almost every Radley Metzger movie starting with Score), the scores were compiled from various European music libraries, making it nearly impossible to identify all of the cues.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous R.T said...

an interesting if dated soundtrack, thanks so much for putting it up.

1:40 AM  
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