Friday, December 01, 2006

Soap Gets in Your Ears: Part 4

The indisputable queen of literary trash, Jackie Collins (sister of Joan) ruled the '70s with string of "steamy, yummy bestsellers" (in the words of French & Saunders) with titles like The Bitch and The Stud. Fortunately the movie adaptations are just as OTT and hilarious, and one of the most overripe of the bunch is 1979's The World Is Full of Married Men. Almost a musical, this full-strength wallow in glitzy excess features many on-screen dance performers including a young Bonnie Tyler (who sings the title track, later issued in a different version on CD), Paul Nicholas (still fresh off his turns as Cousin Kevin in Ken Russell's Tommy and Wagner in Lisztomania), and even space-disco Brit-group Hot Gossip, whose one-time lead singer, future stage and vocal chart star Sarah Brightman, also contributes a song (the ultra-rare horror disco ditty, "Madame Hyde"). The "normal" actors in the film include an obviously fearless Anthony Franciosa (pre-Tenebrae), Caroll Baker, and even Story of O's Anthony Steel. The UK-issued double-LP soundtrack ("As Seen on TV!") was released by Ronco, best known for hawking chintzy kitchen utensils on television, who apparently decided to compete with K-Tel in the late '70s and lost. The album quickly disappeared and has become quite a curiosity item thanks to a dizzying roster of songs, most of them pleasingly weird and obscure (just skip past the occasional overworn chestnut like "Copacabana").

The World Is Full of Married Men - Part 1
1. The World Is Full Of Married Men (Bonnie Tyler)
2. Get Down (Gene Chandler)
3. Shame (Evelyn "Champagne" King)
4. Weekend (Mick Jackson)
5. Love Clone (Hot Gossip)
6. We Don't Make Each Other Laugh Anymore (Gladys Knight)
7. Copacabana (Barry Manilow)
8. Woman In Love (The Three Degrees)

9. Boogie Town (F.L.B.)
10. Take That To The Bank (Shalamar)
11. Boogie Oogie Oogie (Taste Of Honey)
12. Makin' It (Paul Nicholas)
13. Snakes Alive (Nona Hendricks)
14. Disco Nights (G.Q.)
The World Is Full of Married Men - Part II
15. Now That We've Found Love (Third World)
16. Contact (Edwin Starr)
17. Lovely Day (Bill Withers)
18. Right Back Where We Started From (Maxine Nightingale)
19. Crazy (The Glass Family)
20. Madame Hyde (Sarah Brightman)
21. Best Of My Love (The Emotions)
22. Mind Blowing Decisions (Heatwave)
23. Every Woman In The World (Billy Ocean)
24. You make Me Feel Mighty Real (Sylvester)
25. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel (Tavares)
26. Disco Concerto (Jasmin)
27. Loveline (Paul Nicholas)
28. The World Is Full Of Married Men (Mick Jackson)

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Blogger gspeedlace said...

Wow... Looking over the tracklist while I download, I'm thinking this might just be the single *gayest* recording you've ever posted - setting a new standard for 7BN FABULOUSNESS! Could CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC be far behind?

Thanks, and keep the strangeness coming!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

I CANNOT WAIT to download this little gift...and I'm going to have to rent the movie to this weekend, methinks.

1:42 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Thanks! You think this is gayer than Cruising? Really...? :)

2:21 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

I don't want to make any requests and I have kept myself from doing it since I found this blog, since you give so much...but I couldn't you, by any chance have Bill Conti's score for AN UNMARRIED WOMAN? I don't even love the score--but it is, to me, probably the most uplifting movie ever and I want to bring some of it's uplift to my boring miserable job! I know that I'm never going to find it anywhere so I thought I'd give it a shot.

If you have it and *only if* it's convenient, I'd be grateful to you forever if you posted it.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Bulldog said...

Hi there! A mint copy of this soundtrack was going for like, 2 dollars on ebay this morning, but my account there has been hacked so much, i had to change my password. Unfortunately, i forgot to change it on my auction sniper, so of course, i missed out. Desperate to find an HQ version of Sarah Brightman's Madam Hyde (is there really no 'e' at the end of Madam?), I googled my way to you and here i am! Thanks SO MUCH for posting this! You've got a new reader in me!

4:17 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Hey Ben,
I'm pretty sure I have the soundtrack for Unmarried Woman around here someplace; I'll see if I can dig it up shortly...

4:51 PM  
Blogger kukoz said...

Hi, Please, humbly I ask to you to repost the soundtrack: The World Is Full of Married Men.


11:39 AM  

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