A lost soundtracks mixtape by reissue label Numero Group’s Ken Shipley .
1. Jon Brion "Theme," from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I don't even own the actual soundtrack, just a burned-down best-of I swiped from Numero co-founder Rob Sevier's hard drive. Such a great song. Brion is my generation's Henry Mancini.
2. Manos Hadjidakis "Taki," from Never on Sunday
Flamenco guitars and accordion shredded over Eastern Euro-trash polka rhythms.
3. Miles Davis "Generique," from Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud
I need to move this out of soundtracks and put it in with Miles proper. Possibly my favorite of his bop era material.
4. Henry Mancini "The Evil Theme," from The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Steve Martin, eat your heart out. Too fucked-up and out of 4/4 for Beyoncé to ruin. Dig the plucked string section.
5. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra "Guitar Amour," from Paris Blues
Liner notes provide no information as to who is actually playing the guitar here. I'm doubting Duke did, regardless.
6. Peter Sellers and The Hollies "After the Fox," from After the Fox
Sellers’ interludes here are brilliant. Hollies: "Why not work?" Sellers (dismissively): "Work is hard."
7. William Loose/Stu Phillips/Marvin Bling "Finders Keepers Song," from Finders Keepers Lovers Weepers
The opening reminds me of Stormy's "The Devastator," but this cat calls himself "The Weeper." Note to self: Ask Stormy about his inspiration for this song.
8. Manfred Hubler and Siegfried Schwab "The Lions and the Cucumber," from Vampyros Lesbos
The fuzz guitar sounds like someone pounding on the amp's reverb chamber. Having never seen the film, I'm having a hard time imagining anyone fucking to this without serious distraction.
9. Manfred Mann "My Little Red Book," from What's New Pussycat?
Love made it "famous" as a bad-boy song, but Manfred sounds downright sad here as he goes rock-crooner over Burt Bacharach's plinky arrangement.
10. Hal Hartley "Run," from Henry Fool.
Melodica huffs and single bass-drum kicks with a little keyboards. Simple. Beautiful. Everyone should own this soundtrack.
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