Favorite Soundtrack of All Time: Scorpio Rising
December 7, 2010
If film theory taught me anything, its that I still feel awkward when I am the only one in the room who is laughing to a scene where a handful of leather clad bikers are engaging in various sexual acts with images that are juxtaposed to imagery of Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler.
Scorpio Rising was really a commentary about American consumerism and how the media influences how society follows ideals. Director, Kenneth Anger’s experimental film was such a hit that it subsequently influenced other successful directors such as Martin Scorsese and David Lynch.
But really it is the music in Scorpio Rising that permits for a sense of humor to flow into the psyche, and ultimately, lets the view digest the film. It is also the first film to use popular music of its time to narrate the audience through the odd images of motorcycles, homosexuality, Jesus Christ, and James Dean.
The soundtrack follows as:
- Ricky Nelson – “Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)”
- Little Peggy March – “Wind-Up Doll”
- The Angels – “My Boyfriend’s Back”
- Bobby Vinton – “Blue Velvet”
- Elvis Presley – “(You’re the) Devil in Disguise”
- Ray Charles – “Hit The Road Jack”
- Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave”
- The Crystals – “He’s a Rebel”
- Claudine Clark – “Party Lights”
- Kris Jensen – “Torture”
- Gene McDaniels – “Point Of No Return”
- Little Peggy March – “I Will Follow Him”
- Surfaris – “Wipe Out”
For a film that has no other audio and has been studied as one of the most influential post-modern films of all time, Anger definitely broke boundaries that allowed for the public into a previously taboo world through the use of rock-and-roll.
Watch the 30 min film here: