I’m on ‘Idris Elba’s How Clubbing Changed The World’, talking nonsense and doing stupid dancing (please let them cut that bit out) – Channel 4 10pm TONIGHT! If you miss it you can watch on 4oD via the link below.
Here’s my ‘A Night At The Scala’ Movie Soundtrack Mixtape:
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Perhaps you need to be a movie fanatic to enjoy this mix. I don’t know – you tell me. I actually think all these tracks stand up on their own as listening masterpieces. Even the strange, scary ones.
Inspired by my teenage nights at The Scala Cinema near Goodge Street where you would end up after the clubs shut. I remember nights coming down from speed unable to take the usual uplifting delights of Pasolini and sipping coffee with Jah Wobble. Watching the mayhem as the Carburton Street Squat rabble came down: Boy George, Marilyn, Steve Strange and Philip Sallon hurling bitchy comments at all the straight boy post-punkers. I saw Throbbing Gristle, 23 Skidoo, Spandau Ballet and Modern Romance play there! I got my movie education there. There’s nothing better than watching ‘Eraserhead’ or ‘Female Trouble’ with a packed house full of clubland’s finest dressed up to the nines. I even wrote a song about the Scala, ‘Twinkle (Step Into My Mind)’ (from the S’Express ‘Intercouse’ album with vocals by Sonique).
In loving memory of late night Scala x
Pino Donaggio – Body Double
Geinoh Yamashirogumi – Kaneda (Akira)
Giorgio Moroder – Paul’s Theme (Jogging Chase) (Cat People)
André Previn – Executive Party (Rollerball)
Cleopatra Jones Radio Spot
Youngblood Radio Spot
Shaft Radio Spot
The Black Motion Picture Experience – Also Sprach Zarathrusta (2001)
Pierre Bachelet – Emmanuelle Theme (Instrumental)
Mia Farrow & Krzysztof Komeda – Lullaby (Rosemary’s Baby)
Ennio Morricone – La Lucertola (A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin)
You Only Live Twice Radio Spot
Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice
Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra – Lolita Ya Ya
Henry Mancini – A Shot In The Dark
Herbie Hancock – Bring Down The Birds (Blow Up)
Drimble Wedge & The Vegetations (Peter Cook) – Bedazzled
John Barry – The Ipcress File
Bernard Herrmann – Taxi Driver
Michael Small – Rooftop Intruder (Klute)
Vangelis – Main Titles / Blush Response (Blade Runner)
Kate Bush & Michael Kamen – Brazil
Nino Rota – Amarcord
(2 seconds of Francis Lai – Un Homme Et Une Femme)
Bernard Herrmann – Psycho
Giorgio Moroder – The Seduction (American Gigolo)
John Carpenter – Halloween Theme (Mix 2)
Philip Glass – Sera Pelada (Powaqqatsi)
Michael Nyman – Angelfish Decay (A Zed And Two Noughts)
Geinoh Yamashirogumi – Doll’s Polyphony (Akira)
Blacula Radio Spot
Goblin – Suspiria
David Lynch – In Heaven (Everything Is Fine) (Eraserhead)
Ennio Morricone – Giu La Tesla
Air – Playground Love (Virgin Suicides)
P.S. By some bizarre quirk of fate and an amazing instance of zeitgeist I have just found out that The Scala lives! There are now new Scala Beyond programs going on in various cinemas in the UK. How brilliant is that? I intend to get down to a few as soon as possible. It’s all going on right now!
I was on Dave Pearce’s Dance Years radio show on BBC Radio 2 choosing a few of my fave records. Unfortunately you can’t stream the whole thing anymore but they do have an edited highlights link you can listen to (with all the tracks shortened!). Enjoy!