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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: The Space Children/The Colossus of New York
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2011 - 4:55 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)


I just love kids with brains.


LOL!

This is a truly bittersweet thread of announcements - a couple of much-appreciated rarities and the closing of the company. I'm not sure what to think.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2011 - 5:12 PM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

Holy shit! These two, especially Space Children, are a couple of my guilty pleasure/holy grails that I NEVER thought would see the light of a CD laser. big grin Just delightful. Dig that super-ethereal electric violin - one of the best uses of it in the movies short of Billy Goldenberg's Columbo stuff. Fab!

God bless you Lukas... and that's coming from an atheist! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2011 - 8:52 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

These are fascinating scores. The only Van Cleave I'd really paid attention to previously was his Twilight Zone "Perchance to Dream" score (which you'll hear a hint of in Space Children), but Space Children, as Joe says, is a quintessential example of the fifties sci-fi sound.

And the entire movie is on YouTube. Check out the music in the opening credits.



Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2011 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

HMMMMMM.... Can "THE CONQUEST OF SPACE" be far behind?

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2011 - 9:30 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Oh, yeah, I'm buying this watermelon.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2011 - 2:31 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

"The Space Children" was the final science fiction film directed by Jack Arnold, who had previously helmed such Universal releases as 1953's "It Came from Outer Space" and 1957's "The Incredible Shrinking Man." The film marked the motion picture debut of actor Ty Hungerford, who soon changed his name to Ty Hardin and gained fame on the television series "Bronco."

Very eerie score.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2011 - 2:43 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

It's fitting that the scores for "Colossus of New York" and "The Space Children" appear on the same CD, since the films were originally released as a double bill by Paramount. With regard to the sparse score, the reviewer for Variety noted its effectiveness, but speculated that "either economy, or perhaps the studio musicians' strike" may have been the rationale for the unusual practice.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2011 - 4:17 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Absolutely EXCELLENT release! I keep saying I don't need any more CDs and then something like this comes up! Some of us have been championing these scores for what seems a lifetime! What marvelous, inventive music. I'll be giving ROB CRUSOE ON MARS a few more spins to get in the mood!

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2011 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Although I'm a big 50s sci-fi movie fan, I had never seen The Space Children until it was riffed on MST3K. I have since seen it in its original version. Jack Arnold directed some of my favorites from the era: The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Incredible Shrinking Man and It Came from Outer Space. For the most part all of his sci-fi films were solidly directed, intelligent entries into the genre. The Space Children has a message and solid direction as usual of the veteran cast and the children, but ultimately for me comes off as a bit dull in the telling which is more to do with the scipt. The score however brought some much needed color and atmospheric eeriness to the proceedings and helps make it a better film for me. As a standalone listen, the score is a veritable compendium of 50's sci-fi music and manages to do so without the ubiquitous Theremin!

Anyway, how can a movie that stars a solemn Mr. Drysdale sans toupee, a drunken Professor Roy Hinkley and Uncle Fester in swimming trunks, together with a giant glowing brain, be all that bad!

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2011 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   Creepshow2   (Member)

Received my copy today! I'm on my first spin and The Space Children was awesome! I'm a huge sci-fi fan and I never had the chance to see this movie. I'm hoping a DVD is in the near future just as The Colossus of New York has just been released. I really don't want to have to watch this film in 20 different parts on You Tube, but if that's the only way, so be it.
The music Van Cleave wrote for this film is loaded with atmosphere.
I can only hope the last few FSM CDs are just like this one...1950's sci-fi goodness!

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2011 - 2:51 PM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

I too received my copy and gave it a spin in my truck while driving today....SPACE CHILDREN sounds amazing...the quality of sound for it's age is wonderful. As a synth guy myself I love the Novachord usage. There's a recurring motif throughout the score which reminds me of ALIEN (a low pulsing sound) and also some percussive Novachord notes with echo that remind me of STAR TREK TOS (the Talosians). I wonder if Jack Cookerly was playing it?
COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK's theme reminds me of Gort's theme from THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (a good thing) The momentary faint bits of audible talking from the M&E track don't bother me.
Lukas, I salute you, sir....for releasing yet another treasure for my scifi archives. THANK YOU.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2011 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

BTW- THE SPACE CHILDREN features Sandy Descher in a role as one of the kids...(she was the little girl who screamed "THEM!!! THEM!!" in the film of the same name)

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2011 - 6:38 AM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

hmmm....hard to believe this isn't being discussed by more folks. Hope it's selling well.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2011 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

hmmm....hard to believe this isn't being discussed by more folks. Hope it's selling well.

I'm really enjoying my copy of this CD - I have the COLOSSUS movie on an old VHS tape, but I decided to order the DVD - that robot, voiced by Ross Martin always creeped me out.

Anyway, I also hope this sells well - just another great release by Lukas and FSM...:-)

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2011 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

I've got to wait for next month's CD budget to order mine, but I'll chime in after I get it.

To be honest, this is the type of release that probably only appeals to a small audience so it's most likely another of Lukas's releases done because he wanted it released and possibly a money loser. This is the type of release I'll miss after he closes shop in a few months. The other labels do some of these from time to time, but Lukas just seems to just do them more often.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2011 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

I gotta tell you, track 2, "The Arrival" still creeps me out whenever I hear it, especially the second half when it sounds like dying whales.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2011 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I did my duty. Just waiting to get it now.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2011 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   joec   (Member)

I've got to wait for next month's CD budget to order mine, but I'll chime in after I get it.

To be honest, this is the type of release that probably only appeals to a small audience so it's most likely another of Lukas's releases done because he wanted it released and possibly a money loser. This is the type of release I'll miss after he closes shop in a few months. The other labels do some of these from time to time, but Lukas just seems to just do them more often.


And, I might add, do them right!

I am still waiting for my copy to arrive!

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2011 - 9:24 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


Charles, your enormous space brain does you proud. The organists were Jack Cookerly, Chauncey Haines and Wesley Tourtellotte. We'll get the complete orchestra list on the site in due course.

Lukas

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2011 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

THIS arrived today-

THIS is the best godam listen I've had in a while- Wow- WOWIE- WOW--

Scary stuff, kiddees...big grin

 
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