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Saturday, 5 March 2011

THE LOVELESS - Film Soundtrack (Vinyl Rip)


Carrying on with the stripped back rock’n’roll from the last post, here’s the soundtrack to independent film The Loveless, which was released in 1984 and featured William Dafoe, in his first film role. He looks better in biker leathers than he did wearing a loin cloth in The Last Temptation of Christ. The film also featured Robert Gordon, who was primarily a musician, having been the singer for New York punk band Tuff Darts, before going solo. In the wake of Elvis Presley’s death he was the next major US Rockabilly artist which led some people touting him as his successor, he went on to play with the likes of Chris Spedding and Link Wray, and still performs regularly, as for his film work….that seemed to dry up after The Loveless. In the film Robert was a member of a group of leather-clad bikers en route to some blistering racing action in Daytona, they make a pit stop in a backwater Georgia town. While waiting for one of their bikes to get fixed, the gang decides to raise hell. But they get more than they bargained for when the townsfolk battle back in this moody homage to Marlon Brando's classic biker movie, The Wild One. The film was poorly received, unlike the soundtrack, which featured several Robert Gordon compositions. I bought this album for a couple of dollars in a second hand record shop in Los Angeles way back in 1987, and it’s here if you want a blast. Enjoy or destroy! We can also link Robert Gordon to Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) Neal X and Tony James (Sigue Sigue Sputnik) as they’ve all played with Johnny Thunders, who in a parallel universe was the only successor to Elvis Presley as the king of Rock’n’Roll.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Mark said...

Ahhhh, my all-time favourite film... one of the best! Actually bought one of the earliest cd-recorders, years and years ago, specifically to digitise my vinyl copy of this soundtrack. So, yeah, even though I won't be needing to download this, it's mighty good to see it get a tip of the hat. Eddy Dixon's track alone is worth the cost of admission.

Anonymous said...

I have been after this for nearly 30 years. Especially relentless. Best Rockabilly song I've ever heard

Anonymous said...

I have the soudtrack to "The Loveless" plus w/Link Ray,Fresh Fish Special and Rock Billy Boogie. All Mint. The soundtrack is a cutout however. Best rockabilly I ever heart even though it was recorded 20 years after rockabilly died.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Watched this on Netflix and had to try and track down the soundtrack when I saw that it was John Lurie who composed much of the music, though his work didn't seem to make it on to this record.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I want to look back that far but I may have to admit that I've been after the soundtrack to this flick for 20 years as well. Luckily I stumbled across this blog! Clicked the link to the trax! All gone! Bleeaargh!
Any chance one of you good folk would have mercy on me and send me a link that works to git my hands on a copy of that album? T'would be much appreciated. jacobwhitecloud[at]gmail[dot]com does the trick. Muchas obligias in advance, and a blessing on your house, wherever it is.