Vampira: The Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
We are pleased to announce that the soundtrack CD for Vampira: The Movie is now available from Collectables Records. The CD includes all songs heard in the film: hard-rockin' tunes by Curse, Thee Merry Widows, and Mustang Lightning, the moving ode to Vampira by Count Smokula, and instrumental tracks by score composer Ari Lehman. Plus, the CD also includes six all-new tracks by Ari Lehman and legendary horror actor Bill Moseley, written in tribute to Vampira and Plan 9 From Outer Space. Bill recorded his tracks at Travis Dickerson Recording Studios, probably best-known for all those brilliantly quirky recordings by Buckethead and Viggo Mortensen -- if you like those, you'll like this!
Straight from Smokesylvania, click to watch the 496-year-old Count Smokula sing "Vampira" from Vampira: The Movie.
As a boy in his hometown of Yabatubursk, near Glipsch, in Smokesylvania, Count Smokula was much in demand for his exquisite playing of the SqveezeBox, which he performed at many Shlabans and other social events throughout the Shmear Province. When he was about 11, The Count nearly succumbed to the Blue Plague, but was saved by a a kropsik lady who performed an elaborate votchnik ritual on him. However, since the cure involved transfusions of caffeine, The Count has had a constant struggle with cafe latte addiction and an unnatural craving for blues music. Eventually, The Count grew up and emigrated to the United States. He now makes his home in The Hollywood of the California - as host of the only talk show in America to show and tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the Smokesylvanian truth - God help us all.
Vampira: The Movie features an original instrumental score written and performed by Ari Lehman. A native New Yorker, Ari grew up in Westport, CT, where he was trained in classical music and jazz piano by Gay Mehegan, a professional jazz pianist well-known for her unique use of voicings and harmony on the instrument. Recognized at an early age for his musical abilities, Ari was presented with an award for pianistic excellence and a scholarship to Berklee School of Music by famed jazz musician and educator Dr. Billy Taylor. After a brief stint in acting (as Ari Lehman, he played the first Jason Voorhees in the horror classic "Friday the 13th"), Ari decided to return to his passion and New York City, where he studied jazz piano in its breeding ground with the great Joanne Brackeen; and enrolled at NYU, studying big band orchestration and jazz piano with Jim McNeely and Vladimir Shafranov.
Vampira: The Movie includes "Graveyard Shuffle," a rockin' honky-tonk barrelhouse-style tune with special guests (composer and beat-generation musician) David Amram and (guitar guru) Marc Ribot. Curse's music is dark and melodic, with intricate vocals and a heavy, rhythmic groove. Many of the songs are centered around occult, historical and mystical themes. "Graveyard Shuffle" is available from CDBaby, iTunes, and most digital download sites.
Thee Merry Widows
"Grave Robbers (From Outer Space)" written and performed by Thee Merry Widows is featured over the opening credits of Vampira: The Movie.
Thee Merry Widows combine elements of traditional psychobilly with their love of horrorpunk, surf, and garage. These girls may be pretty, but make no mistake, they ain't afraid to rock out! The band has become a major force to be reckoned with in Northern California's psychobilly scene and have toured the US, the UK, and played a very special show for the boys at San Quentin.
Mustang Lightning's "Haunted House" rocks Vampira: The Movie.
Mustang Lightning was the brainchild of Phil Deville. He and Michael Voelker put the band together a few years after Zebra 123 came to an end, a group Phil shared with Mojo Nixon back in the early 80's. In the heyday of Denver's punk scene, Mustang Lightning's first gigs, billed as the Cow Punk Round Up, were in 1988 at the Long Horn Saloon, which is now a parking lot. Inspired by Link Wray, Eddie Cochran, and The Stooges, Mustang Lightning know how to use feedback and distortion to create a sound combining the best of rockabilly and early punk.