US - Pennsylvania - Full Moon 36 - 09/25/99
Take off, Zebra, Baby - Music for non-existent Film Vol. 1
Seen any good non-existing films lately? Take off, Zebra,
Baby! maybe? I doubt it.
This movie was supposedly never released (in 1965-66), and
shortly after the making director
Guy Roe (Guy who?) took his own life. One Giovanni Teorema is
given the musical credit, while
actress Jo(e)y Bang (name of birth, huh? Sounds like a Blue Movie
star...) plays "the Woman".
The male ("the Man") actor, Hurd Hatfield, is real enough. He
seemed to be headed for stardom
after playing the leading role in The Picture of Dorian Grey
(1945), and has been in
seen in other films like Joan of Arc (1948), King of
Kings (1961, as Pontius
Pilate), and The Boston Strangler (1968). However, his
career never took off. Like
Take off, Zebra, Baby maybe...
Brother JT (John Terlesky) is the man in charge of presenting
this obscure score. He's
known from various releases of acid-psych-pop-rock content on
alternative labels like
Twisted Village, Bedlam, Siltbreeze and Drunken Fish, as front-man in Original Sins, or as
Brother JT (or Brother JT & Vibrolux). This time he's more cruising
in laid-back surroundings.
The music on this 9 song 10" mini-album is a mixture of
instrumental lounge Muzak, French
cabaret/casino-Hammond Easy listening, plus some crisp and
tearstained ballads. Everything
spliced together by pieces of film dialogue.
altogether, but there's a couple of decent moments. The ballad
song Bittersweet is
by far the best, plus the crooner ballad Everybody's Gone to the
Moon (quite suitable
here at Luna Kafé , right?), originally by one Jonathan King. Most
Last Tango in Newark, a funny little bossanovian piece of
The film never took off, and, well, not really the music either,
but I'm not sure if that's
fully intended from the start. Maybe the flight was canceled due to
a bad weather forecast. Or,
they could still be waiting out there on the runaway for the
clearance to go.
Copyright © 1999 Håvard Oppøyen