The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Score #1

Otto Preminger's Skidoo is militantly wretched; one of the most godawful films in history. It is, in fact, surpassed by only two other works (Chaplin's A King in New York and Wilder's Buddy, Buddy) as the worst film ever made by a great filmmaker.

That being said, it boasts one truly noteworthy accomplishment: Harry Nilsson's score.

To inaugurate this feature, we at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . bring you this work as represented on the official soundtrack LP, released by RCA/Victor Records in 1968:

01 The Cast and Crew
02 I Will Take You There
03 Skidoo/Commercials
04 Goodnight, Mr. Bank
05 Angie's Suite
06 The Tree
07 Garbage Can Ballet
08 Tony's Trip
09 Escape Impossible
10 Man Wasn't Meant to Fly
11 Escape Possible
12 Skidoo/Goodnight, Mr. Bank


Richard Gibson said...

I love Harry and have most of his LP's but not this one, which I think is very hard to get. I'm looking forward to hearing some of these tracks.

Wilson Pickett, R.I.P.

swac said...

I believe there was a decent CD reissue of this a while back, with bonus tracks. In England, of course. America never gets itself (which explains why all the decent rockabilly collections come from Germany).

swac said...

And I am correct about the CD reissue of Skidoo, which pairs it with The Point.

Richard Gibson said...

Thanks Stephen. I remember those re-issues well. Most of my HN stuff is on record and I just prefer that. I'll get vinyl copies one day, hopefully for a reasonable price.