Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Little Shop of Horrors Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1986)

This is a fun movie musical based on a stage musical based on a movie. The leads' voices aren't particularly pleasing to listen to, but that just shows how great the songwriting by Alan Menken is. Of course, some of the singing is done by Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops, so that's top notch as you would expect. One of the backup singers for this movie was then unknown Tisha Campbell. The dentist office scene with Bill Murray and Steve Martin is one of the funniest 5 minutes ever filmed. Menken would go on to write the music for many Disney animated movies, such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #47 (Feb 28, 1987)

Tracks: I like The Prologue (Little Shop of Horrors), Da-Doo, Some Fun Now, Feed Me (Git It), Mean Green Mother From Outerspace, and the Finale (Don't Feed The Plants), which sounds like something from Fame (the TV series, not the movie). I'm less inclined to listen to Somewhere That's Green, Suppertime, and The Meek Shall Inherit.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: In early 1987, I would often go to the midnight showing of this movie with Eric and Pam. I think the Commerce movie theater had 3 screens. I wonder if it's still there - I haven't been back to Commerce in many years.

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