Monday, July 22, 2013

"And that mole is the key to it. "

Hey, do you guys remember that time that George Harrison recorded an incredibly rare Bob Dylan song, backed by most of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and produced by Dave Edmunds?

No? What about the time Jeff Beck covered the classic instrumental, "Sleepwalk?"

Oh, Then you've probably never heard Willie Nelson crooning "Love Me Tender."

Yeah, well .... they're all on the same album, you know.

All this heartfelt music was recorded in support of the cynical cashgrab/devastating case study of diminishing returns that is Porky's Revenge.

In addition to several Edmunds tracks, the soundtrack also includes Carl Perkins rerecording "Blue Suede Shoes" [presumably with an appropriately all-star backing band], Springsteen saxman Clarence Clemons mostly exhaling rhythmically to the Peter Gunn theme and the Fabulous Thunderbirds covering "Stagger Lee" exactly how you imagine it sounds in your head right now. It's always remarkable when a soundtrack LP shows more effort and craftsmanship than the movie it supports. In this case, it's "more effort and craftsmanship than Porky's 2: The Next Day and Porky's Revenge"

The album also features the sound of Robert Plant & Phil Collins, but every album must have its worst track, now doesn't it.

So, how terrible is the movie? The studio begged Bob Clark, the auteur of the first two Porky's, to make a third film. He preferred to make Rhinestone instead. Rhinestone.

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