What is The Ghastly Love of Johnny X? Is it science fiction? Is it a musical? Is it homage? Yes, yes, and yes. but above all it’s a completely unique, weird, wild, and wacky movie, from the unique, weird, wild, and wacky imagination of filmmaker Paul Bunnell. Shot in gorgeous black-and-white scope, it’s not an easy film to describe and it’s best just to see it as soon as you possibly can (it’s currently making the rounds of many film festivals). It’s clever, funny, quirky, with an occasional dash of David Lynchian weirdness, and it’s sort of unlike any other film you’ve seen. And any movie that has Kevin McCarthy AND Paul Williams is worth catching.
Composer Ego Plum has come up with a fantastic score – big, orchestral, and immensely entertaining. Occasionally channeling the ghosts of Bernard Herrmann (especially The Day the Earth Stood Still), John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and Franz Waxman (especially The Bride of Frankenstein), Plum’s score is infectious, melodic, and grand fun, and despite the occasional homages, wildly original. Big orchestra, choir, the ubiquitous theremin sound, a twangy guitar, all of it – a classic sci-fi genre score. Add to that clever and catchy songs (six of ‘em) by composer/lyricist Scott Martin (and orchestrated by Plum) and you have one incredibly entertaining seventy-minute CD.
The Ghastly Love of Johnny X – resistance is futile.
1. Sentenced (Prologue)
2. To Earth (Main Title)
3. The Rumble
4. Johnny Vs. Bliss
5. These Lips That Never Lie
6. The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
7. That’s For Me (45rpm version)
8. Flashback Macabre
9. Mickey O’Flynn Is Dead
10. Bobbi SOCKS!
11. Important Business
12. Lullaby For A Ghastly One
13. What’s Up With Johnny?
14. The Resurrection Of Mickey O’Flynn
15. Big Green Bug-Eyed Monster
16. The Monster Speaks
17. Damnation’s Hole
18. The Old Cherry Smash!!!
19. Requiem For A Soda Jerk
20. The Unselfish Act
21. Here We Go
22. Ghastly Love Theme (End Titles)
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22
Composed by Ego Plum
Tracks 3, 5, 7, 13, 15, 21 Music & Lyrics by Scott Martin
Track 22 Composed by Scott Mensching & Andy Blanco
Performed by The Moon-Rays