8 October 2017

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Last week began my annual series: Octoberween! Each edition devoted to cover songs appropriate for the Halloween season... a season that celebrates ghosts, ghouls, witches, and, of course, vampires. This Second Sunday Slowly downtempo cover is a dark retrowave take on a theme found in a classic 80's vampire thriller.:

Perturbator - Come To Me (Brad Fiedel)

Brad Fiedel was already a notable synthesizer musician and soundtrack composer for television and film by the time Fright Night was released in 1985. He gained some prestige in the year prior for his work on The Terminator and has scored a significant amount of sci-fi and horror genre films since. Come To Me is introduced in Fright Night as an instrumental theme that sets the mood for scenes in which the film's villain, Jerry Dandridge (played by Chris Sarandon), seduces, bites, and (in the case of Evil & Amy) turns his victims. It's used most prominently and effectively in his seduction scene with Amy (played by Amanda Bearse), the female protagonist who is shown to have an uncanny resemblance to the subject of a portrait in Dandridge's possession, presumably some past love. (Sound familiar?) The lyrical version of the track, sung by Fiedel, does not seem to be in the film, nor is either version mentioned in the final credits. It was however included on the soundtrack released in 1985 on cassette and vinyl, later released on CD in 1986.
Variations on the instrumental were also used in the poorly received 1988 sequel Fright Night Part II, which featured a cover of Fiedel's vocal version in the credits, sung by Animal Logic's Deborah Holland.

Several other covers of the track have been released including one by Anthony Jones, found on his first album, Viktorian - Descent Into Darkness.

French dark/synthwave musician James Kent, AKA Perturbator, says he makes "dark and retrofuturistic music inspired by the 80's." His cover of Come To Me was included on the NewRetroWave label's compilation The 80's Dream Compilation Tape - Vol. 2, released in June 2013 and features vocals by Dana Jean Phoenix. Clearly a fan of the film, he opens his version with samples of Roddy McDowall in his role as Peter Vincent introducing Fright Night (his entire persona in the film was analogous to Vincent Price.) Kent has also done a cover of another vaguely Vincent-related, vampire-themed track: the Clockwork theme composed by Konami Kukeiha Club for Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.

Due in large part to his role composing for The Terminator franchise, Fiedel is definitely among those musicians whose work is at the influential core of the whole outrun-synthwave genre, so it's little surprise that Perturbator would be so inspired to modernize, and frankly improve upon, this track, making it a welcome addition to any spooky Octoberween playlist.:

The Cover:



The Original:



Next week:
Octoberween continues with a Third Sunday Throwback to the 20th Century! This gothabilly classic might also be relevant to vampires but details about it are a bit... mucky. (◐,..,◑)

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Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Oct 01 - Kebabträume - More Than A Party (Depeche Mode)
Sep 24 - Steril - Misery (Psyche)
Sep 17 - The Cure - Foxy Lady (the Jimi Hendrix Experience)
Sep 10 - The Echoing Green - Voices Carry ('til tuesday)
Sep 03 - Gaywire - Nazi Goths Fuck Off (Originally Nazi Punks Fuck Off by Dead Kennedys)

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