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 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)



Coming the end of July or early August from Monstrous Movie Music: DATE BAIT and HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR by Nicholas Carras, and HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT by Gerald Fried!


SOUND SAMPLES:

http://www.mmmrecordings.com/Audio_Samples/Music-1979-HighSchoolCaesar-medley.mp3

http://www.mmmrecordings.com/Audio_Samples/Music-1978-DateBait-medley.mp3

http://www.mmmrecordings.com/Audio_Samples/Music-1979-HighSchoolBigShot-medley.mp3


This amazingly cool 2-CD set contains the complete scores from three juvenile delinquent films of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Complete with Big Band-influenced rock and roll, blues, rock, swing, crazy bongo beats, and lots of exhilarating film music, this audio extravaganza is the perfect antidote when you’re feeling like Squaresville, man. High School Big Shot (written and directed by Joel Rapp) is a teenage film noir that benefits mightily from the superb economical score by Gerald Fried. Both Date Bait (starring Gary Clarke) and High School Caesar (starring John Ashley) sport Nicholas Carras scores, and they will bring out the troubled teen in you -- regardless of your age! There’s almost 120 minutes of music to savor, including the rockin’ title songs from Date Bait and High School Caesar.

Gerald Fried and Nicholas Carras will have your pointy-toed shoes tapping, and you'll be looking over your shoulders for flashing switchblades as you enjoy the non-stop excitement! This release features a 28-page liner book crammed full of detailed information and stupid jokes!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 9:56 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Welcome back Mr. Briggs, it's been a while. wink

Cool cover art. I know "High School Bigshot" from MST3K.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 10:14 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

Cherry!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 10:22 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Despite MST3K, HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT is a wonderful little film noir, one of only a few centering around teenagers. Writer-director Joel Rapp put together an amazing little film for almost no money and in almost no time. Rapp was a very prolific comedy writer for TV, and this was one of only two films he directed. He graciously gave me a lot of his time in helping my research for the liner notes. I highly recommend the picture. It's not a teen flick as one might surmise from the title. It's film noir even though the film noir books aren't aware of it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Oh man, that's great! I've always loved the scores to 1950s and early '60s juvenile delinquent films. I even put together my own compilation CD of highlights from those kind of films. Your CD is definitely ordered! I've seen all of these films and love the hip music.

If you ever do more in this area, please consider Ronald Stein's GIRLS IN PRISON, THE DIARY OF A HIGH SCHOOL BRIDE, and DRAGSTRIP GIRL. Also, Richard LaSalle's NAKED YOUTH is pretty wonderful, incorporating rip-offs (or shall we say "homages") to MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM and VERTIGO. And yes, of course, other people have mentioned John Williams' DADDY-O, which is another gem.

I could go on and on about JD scores, but instead, let me say that your new release makes my day. Thanks for putting out something so obscure. I hope other people will just take the plunge and buy this CD, even if they don't know the films. I think they'll be happy they did.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

What fun! Looking forward to this one!

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

A triple-threat of fun!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

This one I am most enthused about! After finally hearing Gerald Fried's one Oscar nominated score BIRDS DO IT....BEES DO IT plus his great ROOTS I am hooked. From the man who brought us DINO (and yeah, STAR TREK)!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

This one I am most enthused about! After finally hearing Gerald Fried's one Oscar nominated score BIRDS DO IT....BEES DO IT plus his great ROOTS I am hooked. From the man who brought us DINO (and yeah, STAR TREK)!

Ya know roots the next generation was never released.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

This one I am most enthused about! After finally hearing Gerald Fried's one Oscar nominated score BIRDS DO IT....BEES DO IT plus his great ROOTS I am hooked. From the man who brought us DINO (and yeah, STAR TREK)!

Ya know roots the next generation was never released.


Actually since the Quincy jones release was a re-recording and the double LP had dialogue I don't consider the first one released yet either.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

Looks like a fun cd. In the late 1950s the JD films were very popular. I was just about a teenager and my older brother Joe and I went to these films.

I remember "Rumble on the Docks" had "good" teen thugs and "bad" teen thugs!

I'm looking forward to the cd and David's big and informative booklets are worth the price alone! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 6:21 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)


Oh, for those who were wondering, Rumble of the Docks ...... the "good" hoodlums are the "Diggers," and the "bad" hoodlums are the "Stompers!"

This sounds like a future MMM production! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 8:54 PM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

I second the nomination for DIARY OF A HIGH SCHOOL BRIDE. There were two different versions of the great Tony Casanova theme song: a more rocking version in the film's credits, and a 45 rpm released that contained a slower, more "doo-wop" version of the song.

The HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR/ DATE BAIT release looks great. Will the Reggie Perkins theme songs for CAESAR and DATE BAIT be included in the CD?

I think there were two different versions of Perkins' theme song for DATE BAIT. The version in the film's credits is more uptempo, while the '45 version was slower, ala DIARY OF A HIGH SCHOOL BRIDE.

The last video release I saw of HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR was from Something Weird Video, I believe. The Reggie Perkins song was missing from that print, and Perkins' name did not appear in the credits.

This new CD will be my first purchase from MMM!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 9:09 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

John, you have great musical recall! Not only will we be including both versions of "High School Caesar," but we'll be including a demo version of "Date Bait Baby" in addition to the one heard in the picture. In the liner notes I discuss the two different versions of HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR, one of which began with the rock song, and the other of which began with a Carras orchestral cue. The credits of each version of the film reflect the music in that particular version. The orchestral opening appears to be the original one, however.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2014 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

Very interesting to hear that, MMM! This may end up as my favorite soundtrack release of the year.

It just so happens that "High School Caesar" and "Diary of a High School Bride" are my two favorite movie theme songs.

I was so excited to finally find a '45 rpm record of Ray Anthony's "Incredible Shrinking Man" theme, but the record was more of a big band arrangement, and not the wonderfully moody music that actually opens the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2014 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

A few years ago I was preserving some of a client's acetates, and in them was the demo version of the song that became the theme from THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN. Unfortunately, due to ownership issues, I can't post the sound, but maybe one of these days. It's fascinating to hear, both for its differences between that and what ended up in the soundtrack, as well as the similarities. One of the differences was that it had words...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2014 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

the theme from THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN... had words...

He's 19 inches tall...got ways like a little child.
Nothing I can do to please him...keep that shrinker...satisfied.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2014 - 12:34 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Nice try, but the original song was called "The Girl in a Lonely Room” and it had nothing to do with the movie until it was chosen to be used as the theme for the picture.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 10:13 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Some of the music Nicholas Carras composed for the juvenile delinquent films HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR and DATE BAIT, on our forthcoming JUVENILE JIVE CD:

http://www.mmmrecordings.com/Audio_Samples/Music-1979-HighSchoolCaesar-medley.mp3

http://www.mmmrecordings.com/Audio_Samples/Music-1978-DateBait-medley.mp3


A few moments from Gerry Fried's HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT, from 1958:

http://www.mmmrecordings.com/Audio_Samples/Music-1979-HighSchoolBigShot-medley.mp3

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

Boss sounds, man. Of course, I'm already looking forward to this set.

 
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