At the drive-in, young twins Terry and Todd see their mother Maddy (Louise Lasser) copping off with her boyfriend in the front seat of the car, which sends Terry into a murderous rage, the boy attacking another courting couple with an axe. Terry manages to blame Todd for the killing, the innocent lad getting locked up in a mental institute while his brother gets away with murder (literally!). Ten years later, Todd (now played by Mark Soper) escapes from the institute just as Terry (also played by Soper) begins to kill again, spurred on by his mother's announcement of marriage and his randy friends' carnal activities.
Two cannibals/health food diner owners are on a wacky quest to restore life to the five million year old goddess Shitaar.
Now, the first three albums of the Herner Metal legend are re-released on three double CDs with bonus CDs with several demoversions (including previously unpublished titles). "Execution Guaranteed" (1987) contains as a special bonus the original original mix of the album, which was not used at that time, as well as another bonus title. An absolute recommendation for all Rage-Heads!
The story goes that composer Carter Burwell owes his fortuitous, ongoing collaboration with the filmmaking's Brothers Coen to one crucial requirement: he worked cheap. But the Coens' low-budget film noir debut, Blood Simple (which also launched the career of cinematographer-turned-director Barry Sonnenfeld), certainly got the best of the bargain, a wonderfully less-is-more score highlighted by a compelling solo piano theme. For the Coens' next film, Raising Arizona, a darkly goofy kidnapping-themed comic vehicle for Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter, Burwell veered bravely into the ozone, mixing heavily Gothic organ, soaring sopranos, bluegrass banjo, whistlers, synths, yodelers, and samples of what sounds like a tin can being kicked down the longest hill in the world into a delightfully heady farrago that recalls Morricone at his most mischievous.
This CD, in places, just cranks it up and spits out a wall of undiluted rock and roll. Straight ahead full speed ahead and tell everything to get out of our way. "Gypsy Blood," and "Dancin' on Top of the World," are two cuts that really stand out in this vein. A couple of the tracks just seem to be languishing in a daze as if they've suffered a concussion, and can't decide which way to go. This CD is produced by Dave Edmunds, and I like a lot of his work because when it hits, it hits hard. However, when it misses it leaves you scratching your head wondering. The band is tight, just sometimes lacking that guiding hand. The hard-charging "Courage" alone makes this a worthwhile disc, and there is more than just that track to pick the listener up. (Bob Gottlieb, AMG)
Returning to the Motown and Northern soul that provided the basis of their debut album, ABC turned to the pop songcraft on their fifth album, Alphabet City. The increased songcraft is certainly engaging, particularly on the hit "When Smokey Sings," but the songs are usually indistinguishable from each other, resulting in a sleek, stylish, and thoroughly entertaining album that leaves no lasting memory.