Label: IRS (SP 70047)
Price paid: $1.49
Purchased at: Books and Melodies, Syracuse NY
“Let’s have a bachelor party with chicks and guns and fire trucks and hookers and drugs and booze!”
Ahhh, there’s nothing quite like a good-natured 80s sex comedy starring a lovable douche. Tom Hanks is no Bill Murray, but he doesn’t half try in this one, managing to bring a certain novel brand of sophomoric ass-hattery to the big screen.
Released in the summer of 1984, ‘Bachelor Party’- although not a runaway blockbuster- made a respectable $38.4 million at the US box office. Typical of the times, a soundtrack album was released… an album that outstrips the source material in terms of quality and class…
The Fleshtones: ‘American Beat ’84’– The Fleshtones hailed from Queens, NY and were local favorites that played at popular Manhattan venues such as CBGB, Club 57, and Max’s Kansas City. Originally released as the band’s first 7″ in 1979 on the Red Star Records label, this single saw a re-release when the band moved to IRS Records in ’84. Despite their cult status and long career (having released 22 studio albums in 38 years, the most recent in 2014) commercial success has so far eluded them…
Oingo Boingo: ‘Something Isn’t Right’– It would be hard to find a band that had more of a presence in 80’s movie soundtracks than Oingo Boingo. ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’, ‘The Last American Virgin’, ‘Sixteen Candles’, and ‘Weird Science’ are some of their other notable movie appearances. This track and ‘Bachelor Party Theme’ are unique to this LP, not appearing on their studio alums. They were not released as singles.
Jools Holland: ‘Crazy Over You’– Jools was a founding member of the band Squeeze (formed 1974), releasing solo material as early as 1978. He is probably best known these days as the host of ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ which ran on British TV from 1992 on.
Adrian Zmed: ‘Little Demon’– Zmed is a minor actor who’s appeared in such films as ‘Grease 2’ and and the TV shows ‘Starsky and Hutch’, ‘Bosom Buddies’, and ‘Caroline in the City’. He also appears in this film in his ‘breakout’ roll as the character Jay O’Neill. This song is about as good as you’d expect from TJ Hooker’s Officer Romano, perhaps his best known role.
R.E.M.: ‘Wind Out’– Arguably the biggest name on this album (in retrospect) and the biggest act to ever crawl out of Charlotte, North Carolina, REM tore up Indie radio in the late 80s and 90s. This decidedly minor track was released around the same time as their sophomore album ‘Reckoning’, and although no on the album it was included with the 1992 I.R.S. Vintage Years reissue.
Oingo Boingo : ‘Bachelor Party Theme’– This track and ‘Something Isn’t Right’ are unique to this LP, not appearing on their studio alums. They were not released as singles.
The Alarm: ‘What Kind of Hell’– Welsh band formed in 1977, The Alarm had some chart success in the UK and US during the 80s and 90s. The single appears on their 1984 freshman album ‘Deceleration’ on IRS. It also appears on the B-side of their 7″ single ‘Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?’ which reached #22 in the UK.
Darlene Love: ‘Alley Oop’– Cover of the #1 hit by The Hollywood Argyles. Love is probably best known as the 60s Phil Spector artist who had a #1 hit of her own with 1962’s ‘He’s a Rebel.’ She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
Angel and the Reruns: ‘Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys?’– Hillary Carlip supposedly formed AATR when she was fourteen. Along with her Reruns (Julie Christensen, Perla Batalla and Nancy Scher) they performed tongue-n-cheek ditties of a caliber high enough to warrant inclusion on the Dr. Demento show. Other than inclusion on the soundtrack the band only appeared on vinyl one other time when they released ‘Beaver Cleaver Fever’ as a 7″ in 1982. Carlip is still active today as a successful author, screenwriter, and performance artist.
Yip Yip Coyote: ‘Dream of the West’– Yip Yip Coyote were another one of those hair-brained schemes cooked up by Malcolm McLaren. The gimmick with this band was their old-west theme. Odd, since the band was British. Turns out that cowboys didn’t play as well as pirates with 80’s music buyers. This song would be included a year later on their only LP, 1985’s ‘Fifi.’ Good stuff.