Just a thought really. Listening to my iPod yesterday, I was working through the ‘Songs’ list in alphabetical fashion. This is a fun thing to do, as you can have ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’ by Soft Cell followed by ‘Say My Name’ by Destinys Child. A little further along in the ‘S’ list of songs, came the following 3 beauties;
Scorpio – Dennis Coffey
Scorpios Theme – Lalo Schifrin
Scorpio Rising – Death In Vegas feat. Liam Gallagher
They are all wonderful for very different reasons – the Dennis Coffey track is a staple of hip hop breaks and beats, being sampled numerous times, and has Coffeys fantastic guitar all over it. Coffey was a member of the legendary Motown studio band ‘The Funk Brothers’ and also played on Soul classics such as the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing” and the sublime “Band Of Gold” by Freda Payne.
‘Scorpios Theme’ is one of the best of Lalo Schifrins’ numerous contributions to film scoring. Considering the guy contributed music to ‘Mission Impossible’, ‘Bullitt’ and ‘Enter The Dragon’, this makes ‘Scorpios Theme’ one of the tighest, funkiest riffs EVER. Schifrin also released an impossibly funker version of the ‘Jaws’ theme that got into the top 40 in Britain sometime in the 70’s. His scoring of the Dirty Harry movies, particularly ‘Dirty Harry’ and ‘Magnum Force’ evoke the gritty, tough, murderous paranoia of the films, and are highly recommended. ‘Scorpios Theme’ is the signature tune for the main protaganist in the first Dirty Harry film. ‘Scorpio’ is played with menacing ease due to a career defining performance from Andrew Robinson (see the photo at the top of the post for Scorpio in all his glory). The character was loosely based on the Zodiac killer, who terrorised San Francisco (as does Scorpio) in the late 60′ and early 70’s without ever being caught.
Probably Death In Vegas’ finest moment, ‘Scorpio Rising’ also features one of Liam Gallaghers best vocal perfomances, a rasping, drawling paen to Kenneth Angers legendary underground film of the same name. It is a lysergic rock performance without much equal in the last 10 years, and has a superb video. That video is right here;
and it reminds me of the ‘Lone Wolf & Cub’ manga series and the ‘Babycart’ films. I intend to write something about both of them at some point in the future.
I think, as a Scorpio myself, that I can be pretty proud of the fact that there are at least 3 marvellous tracks dedicated to my star sign. I don’t think the Leos, Capricorns or Librans can boast an as impressive tracklisting….