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Episode 22: Forbidden Zone

Episode 22: Forbidden Zone

October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween, party people!

Join us on a strange and spooky journey to the Sixth Dimension as we discuss the soundtrack to FORBIDDEN ZONE!

In the early 80s, Richard and Danny Elfman were straining to break free of the musical theatre circuit. Richard devised Forbidden Zone as a showcase for Danny's band, The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, as well as a means of breaking into the film industry. The result is a wild pastiche of Vaudeville, stagecraft, animation and big band music produced completely outside the realms of studio filmmaking and any semblance of good taste.

The soundtrack features tons of music from Oingo Boingo, as well as pieces cribbed from Cab Calloway, Freddy Martin and...er...The Three Stooges.

It's a wicked blast of camp from start to finish, and we discuss it warts and all!

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Episode 21: Shaun of the Dead

Episode 21: Shaun of the Dead

October 17, 2019

It's time to get spoooooky! Join us this week as we slide into the Halloween spirit with the soundtrack to SHAUN OF THE DEAD! Not only is Edgar Wright's 2004 debut one of the greatest horror comedies of all time, the soundtrack is a rip-roaring ride through 80s power pop classics, hip-hop and electro beats, a couple of Queen songs, and all points in between.

Wright is one of the last filmmakers standing who truly cares about curating a quality pop soundtrack, so this is definitely not the last we'll hear of him on this podcast. In this episode, we get into our favorite Queen songs, the implied history between Shaun and Liz, and how much it hurts to see vinyl destroyed...

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Episode 20: 80s Misfits & More

Episode 20: 80s Misfits & More

October 3, 2019

It's hard to believe we've made it twenty episodes! But here we are, and as we like to do on the 5's, this week we're counting down some 80s soundtrack cuts. Songs that maybe don't have the full support of a soundtrack album, or might get lost in the shuffle of an artist's other work. You might not think of some of these as misfits, but when else would we ever get to talk about them? Now, that's when!

This episode also draws a pretty clear line between Libby's taste in music versus Joe's. One is smooth and laid back, while the other never met a guitar that didn't need a good smashing. (Together, they fight crime!)

At any rate, kick back and enjoy this eclectic mix of 80s soundtrack tunes. Who knows, you may just come away with a new favorite song!

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Episode 19: The Mask

Episode 19: The Mask

September 19, 2019

It's party time! P-A-R-T...Why? Because this week we're jumping in with both feet to discuss 1994's The Mask! This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of Jim Carrey's breakout roles, and we're here to talk all about it. The movie's soundtrack sits at an odd moment in 90s music, a crossroads between new jack swing and the neo-swing revival. As a flashpoint for the swing revival, The Mask is more of a false start. Still, that didn't stop the movie from becoming a box office smash and sending Carrey's career into the stratosphere.

In this episode, we discuss tracks from Royal Crown Revue, Xscape, Fishbone and, yes, Jim Carrey. It is downright impossible to talk about The Mask without mentioning a little ditty known as "Cuban Pete". Brace yourselves!

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Episode 18: Streets of Fire

Episode 18: Streets of Fire

August 30, 2019

On this episode, we're digging into Walter Hill's 1984 rock n' roll fable STREETS OF FIRE! It's a musical with numbers that can level entire city blocks. It's an aggressively '80s take on motorcycle gangs of the '50s. It's a wannabe western starring a stoic hero with a duster and a Winchester. It's all of these things and so much more.

Michael Paré is Tom Cody, a drifter hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, rock singer Ellen Aim (Diane Lane) from the clutches of Willem Dafoe's Raven and his Bomber gang. The soundtrack features cuts from The Fixx and The Blasters, as well as songs written by Jim Steinman, Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks.

It's a classic rock spectacle the likes of which we've never seen and perhaps will never see again. Come join us on this journey through a comic book vision of the 1950s that never was...

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Episode 17: Super Mario Bros.

Episode 17: Super Mario Bros.

August 8, 2019

This week on The O/S/T Party, we're jumping through a portal into another dimension to walk some dinosaurs and discuss the soundtrack to 1993's SUPER MARIO BROS! It's a film that pushes viewers to the breakpoint and offers so much off-the-wall creativity, it's almost unreal.

Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, an Englishman and a Colombian, play Italian brothers chasing a kidnapped princess into a dimension where an industrialist dinosaur-man played by Dennis Hopper rules his city with an iron fist. All of this is somehow based on a video game.

As for the soundtrack we've got a would-be hit single from Roxette, random cuts from Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, Joe Satriani and Queen, and George Clinton delivers the grandest, goofiest cover of "Walk The Dinosaur" you'll ever need. There's some big, beautiful weirdness in this soundtrack—and the movie as a whole—and we'll get into all of it!

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Episode 16: My Fellow Americans

Episode 16: My Fellow Americans

July 18, 2019

On this week's episode, we want to share with our fellow Americans (and international friends) one of our favorite forgotten 90s comedies: My Fellow Americans! Two ex-presidents (Jack Lemmon and James Garner) go on the lam after a government cover-up leads to their attempted assassination, and the only way to save their skins is by taking a road trip to Ohio! That's right, it's another one of those movies. 

As for the soundtrack, we've got an eclectic mix of jazz oldies from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, classic rock from Elvis Presley and CCR, and a couple of real oddball cover songs! But how well does it represent the film? That's what we're here to find out.

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Episode 15: Will Smith Raps the Movies

Episode 15: Will Smith Raps the Movies

July 4, 2019

Once upon a time, Will Smith was the reigning king of the 4th of July movie weekend. And to accompany these huge blockbusters, Smith brought us some of the all-time great movie raps! This week we're taking you through his entire history, from New Line Cinema attempting to squash "A Nightmare on My Street" to Smith's late-90s heyday with Men in Black and Wild Wild West, and all the way to the present with this summer's Aladdin! We've got a lot of ground to cover, so come join the party and let's get rockin'!

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Episode 14: Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

Episode 14: Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

June 19, 2019

This week we're hitting the road like Sam and Max! Or rather, like Beavis and Butthead, because on this week's episode we're discussing Beavis and Butt-Head Do America! If you had told us twenty years ago that THIS would be one of the 90s' most enduring comedies, we might have laughed in your face. Or we might have said, "Yes! That rules!" Because, honestly? This movie still rules. It's held up far better than one would expect.

And the soundtrack is peak 1996. We've got the tail end of 70s nostalgia with Isaac Hayes riffing on his famous Shaft theme. We've got a truly odd track from the one and only Engelbert Humperdinck. We also have cuts from White Zombie, Rancid, a pre-Tragic Kingdom No Doubt, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers delivering one of the best damn cover songs ever. It's a wild ride, so buckle up and don't forget the TP!

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Episode 13: The Wedding Singer

Episode 13: The Wedding Singer

June 6, 2019

It's time to hit the dance floor, people! On this episode of the O/S/T Party, we aren't just covering the soundtrack to Adam Sandler's 1998 rom-com The Wedding Singer. This week we're discussing EVERY SONG IN THE FILM! When your film revolves around a down-on-his-luck wedding singer warbling out 80s jukebox hits and screaming at newlyweds, as well as tons of homages to the heyday of MTV, how could we not?

It's hard to remember a time when The Wedding Singer wasn't simply another stop along the 80s nostalgia railroad, but this film actually predates that trend by a couple of years. This soundtrack features megahits from The Police, Culture Club and Billy Idol, as well as staples from artists such as New Order, The Psychadelic Furs, Elvis Costello and more! Join us as we break down this soundtrack hit by neon-soaked hit!

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