Alright kids, it’s the Dash-man and I’ve wasted enough time. I, for one, can not wait. Some of you may remember my review of the 1981 animated film, ‘Heavy Metal’.
In case you’re not familiar with the film…it’s one of the most violent, hilarious, sexy and offensive pieces of animation ever made. Insert Anita Sarkeesian joke here, let’s move on.
Speaking of people who like to make very loud noises, let there be rock!!!
When they decided to adapt ‘Heavy Metal’ magazine to the big screen, the creators knew that it needed that extra something to bring people to theaters. Then they must’ve took a good, long look at the film’s title. Of course, ‘Heavy Metal’! What better way to exploit the sheer awesomeness and cheesiness of the 1980s then to inject it with music from some of the most talented people in the music industry from that decade. You know you can feel your adrenaline pumping whilst listening to the killer riffs and high-pitched wailing from Sammy Hagar in the film’s title track. Too energetic for you? Luckily, the film technically has two theme songs. The legendary Don Felder from The Eagles gives us ‘Heavy Metal(Takin’ A Ride)’; a much slower-paced work of art that still captures the spirit of the film. You also have the always-awesome Blue Öyster Cult with their single, ‘Veteran Of The Psychic Wars’; a chilling and atmospheric offering that rivals ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’, which is my personal favorite. Another gem from this album, in my opinion, is Donald Fagen’s ‘True Companion’; I must warn you that the majority of this song is actually an instrumental. Trust me, it’s worth listening to the whole way through. You may not get to hear any vocals until somewhere around the 3-minute mark, but it’s the amazing blend of jazz and rock that makes this single truly beautiful and memorable.
Fleetwood Mac’s own Stevie Nicks also delivers with the final track of the album, ‘Blue Lamp’ which is a much more smooth and poppish rock song. If you’re a fan of Stevie Nicks and/or Fleetwood Mac, it’s definitely worth a listen.
Of course, unless you’re ‘Maximum Overdrive’, no soundtrack is perfect. I would like to take this time to formally apologize to any Devo fans out there who are reading this. I love 80s cheese, I love some silly music, but I was just never the biggest fan of the group. Which is why I cannot recommend their cover of Lee Dorsey’s ‘Working In The Coal Mine’. If you like them, that’s cool. They just never seemed that interesting to me. Parts of ‘Heavy Metal’ may be silly, but it’s Devo’s silliness that just doesn’t blend well with the film’s ultra-violent tales of sci-fi fantasy. This song has always been a skip for me as it’s most definitely the weakest of this soundtrack.
Still, I don’t even think the quality of one bad track is enough to outweigh 15 other amazing tracks. Such as Journey’s short but sweet ballad ‘Open Arms’, Cheap Trick’s underrated ‘Reach Out’ and ever-catchy ‘Radar Rider’ from Riggs which could be heard during the film’s opening credits. Because I’m such a nice guy, I’m gonna show you all just one more song from this fantastic album. ‘The Mob Rules’ from Ronnie James Dio-era Black Sabbath.
Ozzy Osbourne’s tenure with the band is arguably more legendary and memorable, but you have to admit that you get goosebumps whenever you hear Dio’s iconic voice. Ronnie James Dio has always poured his heart and soul into Metal, and this song was no exception. All praise the King Of Rock & Roll!
There’s not much more to say. Forget the movie and the rock & roll nostalgia, you need to listen and own this soundtrack if you’re truly have a love for good music. ‘Heavy Metal’ is one of the best movie soundtracks out there. You don’t even need to see the movie to enjoy these rockin’ gems. Aside from maybe one track, this soundtrack is a perfect showcase of what Classic Rock & Heavy Metal has to offer. Hope you guys have enjoyed this article and will get around to listening to the soundtrack or watching the movie. Until next time, Gotta Dash!
Written by Shane Moose
Sammy Hagar’s Heavy Metal(owned by Sammy Hagar, Jim Peterik, Full Moon, Asylum & Epic Records)
Blue Öyster Cult’s Veteran Of The Psychic Wars(owned by Blue Öyster Cult, Michael Moorcock, Full Moon, Asylum & Epic Records)
Don Felder’s Heavy Metal(Takin’ A Ride)(owned by Don Felder, Fingers Music, Full Moon, Asylum & Epic Records)
Donald Fagen’s True Companion(owned by Donald Fagen, Freejunket Music, Full Moon, Asylum & Epic Records)
Stevie Nicks’ Blue Lamp(owned by Stevie Nicks, Welsh Witch Music, BMI, Full Moon, Asylum & Epic Records)
Devo’s Working In The Coal Mine(owned by Devo, Allen Toussaint, Marsaint Music, Warner Bros. Music, BMI, Full Moon, Asylum & Epic Records)
Black Sabbath’s The Mob Rules(owned by Geezer Butler, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, TRD Essex ASCAP/Muggins Music Inc., BMI, Full, Asylum & Epic Records)
Heavy Metal(owned by Columbia Pictures, Guardian Trust Company, Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC) & Famous Players)
Tenacious D in The Pick Of Destiny(owned by New Line Cinema & Red Hour Films)