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 Posted:   Dec 29, 2015 - 8:54 PM   
 By:   connorb93   (Member)

Now I'm not entirely sure of what to make of this obscure 1992 train-wreck of a movie. It's (intentionally) stupid, and appears to have had a budget too small to even complete the production. How they were able to afford Jerry Goldsmith to create a score I'll never know, much less hiring the NPO to perform the music.

What I do know is I love it! The film is the ultimate guilty-pleasure, especially for someone like me who gets a real kick out of terrible movies. Goldsmith's score is easily the film's biggest asset. It's rambunctious, energetic, and quite funny by itself. Pairing it with the picture actually enhances the script's attempts at comedy and gives just as much life to the story as the actors inject to the action.

I just caught the movie on HBO and throughout I timed cues that aren't featured on the original album. Of course I neglected to write them down razz but I estimate the score is around 53 minutes when complete, including a final fight sequence which may be THE most wild and creative comedy scoring I've heard Jerry write down. Would anyone besides me be interested in an expansion? There's also a 9 minute end title (!!) and though it's mostly cut and paste from other cues, there are a few moments that sound new or possibly from alternate takes.

I would love to have an expanded release of this wacky score, even for the liner notes alone. I'm dying to know how Jerry got involved and how he felt being involved with a project that deserved nowhere near this much effort. Sure he'd been part of productions like that many times before, but this? I can't imagine he found much to be inspired by. Hell, I only enjoy the movie in part because the music is so good.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2015 - 9:06 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

I've never seen this flick, nor heard any of the score, but I am tremendously curious about it.
Lois Carruth, Jerry's personal assistant, told me that Jerry was a very, very fun-loving man. She said he frequently had long lunch visits at his home with his good friends Ronnie Schell and Harvey Korman, and they would all spend the afternoon cracking each other up. I believe that has a lot to do with Jerry's ability to put so much wacky fun into his comedy scores.

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2015 - 9:26 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Would anyone besides me be interested in an expansion?

Me!!! I really enjoy the existing album and would love more of the score (though I've never seen the film).

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2015 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

I've never seen this flick, nor heard any of the score, but I am tremendously curious about it.
Lois Carruth, Jerry's personal assistant, told me that Jerry was a very, very fun-loving man. She said he frequently had long lunch visits at his home with his good friends Ronnie Schell and Harvey Korman, and they would all spend the afternoon cracking each other up. I believe that has a lot to do with Jerry's ability to put so much wacky fun into his comedy scores.


Jerry was buddies with Headly Lamarr? eek Lucky bas****!

Oh, and please bring on an expansion of this wonderfully fun and creative score. Wasn't it Jeff Bond or Lukas who compared the film to The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T?

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2015 - 9:56 PM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

It should be mentioned that Gene Siskel commented on this score during his review on "Siskel & Ebert", one of the very few times he would ever mention film music.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2015 - 10:19 PM   
 By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

Movie sucked but Goldsmith's score was melodious and inventive- I liked it.!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2015 - 10:20 PM   
 By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

Movie sucked but Goldsmith's score was melodious and inventive- I liked it.!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2015 - 11:15 PM   
 By:   connorb93   (Member)

It should be mentioned that Gene Siskel commented on this score during his review on "Siskel & Ebert", one of the very few times he would ever mention film music.

That was actually Mr. Baseball

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2015 - 11:53 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

YES, Advise & Consent,

Jerry WAS best buddies with "Headly Lamarr"!!!

Jerry, Ronnie Schell ( another comedian) and Harvey Korman had regular meetings at the Goldsmith home.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2015 - 12:03 AM   
 By:   Sampo   (Member)

I guess JG thought it was a better movie than The Mummy, since he cited that as the worst film he scored.

I've seen the film; & it's so bad it's good. If you have a soft spot for Howard the Duck or Cabin Boy, this is definitely one you'll enjoy.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2015 - 1:13 AM   
 By:   mark_so   (Member)

brings back to mind this great l.a. times bit (from a series of ads that used to play in front of movies) which features goldsmith playing his theme



correction: turns out I was misremembering the trailer theme, which was elfman's beetlejuice...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2015 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

It should be mentioned that Gene Siskel commented on this score during his review on "Siskel & Ebert", one of the very few times he would ever mention film music.

That was actually Mr. Baseball




Siskel also commented on the score during his review of Hoosiers, but he seemed to hate that score, especially commenting on the music for the winning shot at the end, resenting that it was manipulative.

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2015 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

I would love an expansion of this wacky score. Goldsmith's nutty quasi-epic approach is over-the-top and makes for a highly entertaining listen.

I think the main titles are edited or extended in the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2015 - 1:09 AM   
 By:   peterproud   (Member)

I think the film is a hoot! Jon Lovitz is hilarious and there's actually a sweetness to the film that is enhanced by Goldsmith's score. I find myself humming the love theme when there's no reason for it to pop into my head big grin .....I say bring on an expansion!!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2016 - 5:11 AM   
 By:   Cruikshank   (Member)

Drop me a line, connorb93, regarding the full 55 minutes:

kazimierzsiemaszko@gmail.com

If you are still interested

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2019 - 3:05 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

So there is a terrible-sounding unmentionable of the sessions floating around out there for this score, but we really need a great sounding official Deluxe Edition of it, as it's a complete delight all the way through (I call it an "honorary Joe Dante score").

Here's a complete official cue list:
http://collections.new.oscars.org/Details/Archive/71302987

1-1 "Meet Spengo," 5 pages
1-2 "The Death Ray Laser," 3 pages
1-4 "Morning Paper," 2 pages
2-1 "The Abduction," 8 pages
2-3 "Rough Landing," 3 pages
2-5 "Photo Session," 3 pages
3-1 "Family Talk," 2 pages
3-2 "The Dungeon," 1 page
3-3 "Open My Pants," 4 pages
3-4a "Tod the Destroyer," 2 pages
3-6 "Take Her Away," 1 page
4-1 "The Mind Machine," 3 pages
4-2 "The Needle," 5 pages
4-3/5-1 "The Lub-Lubs," 8 pages
5-2 "True Power," 7 pages
5-5 "Captured," 3 pages
6-1 "The Camp," 1 page
6-2 "Target Practice," 4 pages
6-2a "Hot Lub-Lub," 1 page
6-4 "Rebel Dance," 2 pages
6-5 "I Love My Wife," 2 pages
7-1 "Gathering Forces," 8 pages
7-3 "The Ceremony," 2 pages
7-3a [no title], 1 page
8-1 "Misunderstood," 9 pages
8-2 "Let's Have Lunch," 8 pages
9-1 "The Flight Home," 4 pages
9-3 "On the Roof," 2 pages
"Link #1" (for the "End Titles"), 1 page
"Spengo" and "Mom and Dad Theme" (computer printout)


Interestingly the Varese album seems to be almost entirely in film order, with the sole exception of "The Needle" coming after "The Lub-Lubs" and "True Power" rather than before those cues. My guesses is that 7-3a [no title] and "Link #1" (for the "End Titles") are just short inserts. But as you can see there is a great deal of this wonderful score that's unreleased at this point.

Yavar

 
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