Bad Channels (Full Moon Records) Review – The Doc WEIGHS In

Bad-Channels-2-Vinyl-Double-Album750Vinyl is king, or at least it has reclaimed some of its former glory due to a new generation of music enthusiast interested in color variants, commissioned artwork and the almighty limited edition (they call that gold on the flipper market). With players like Death Waltz, Mondo, One Way Static, Waxwork Records and a host of Euro labels competing in a growing space it was only a matter of time before the Band marched right on in. I’m talking about Charlie Band, the wheeler/dealer, head honcho and near P.T. Barnum of the video retail space. He has a gimmick for everything, and if you have an ounce of nostalgia he has a full pound of childhood hiding in a warehouse somewhere waiting to be revealed at the perfectly calculated time to make money off of it (see the Wizard big box debacle for details). Charles Band’s Full Moon organization sells media of many kinds including DVD, Blu-ray, streaming services, CDs and now, with their release of Bad Channels, vinyl. Does it hold up to scrutiny? Should we fear the Full Moon Records label or embrace it, considering it a contemporary of Death Waltz and the gang?

Bad Channels comes in a colorful, sturdy gatefold package. The cover itself is high quality featuring the logo and artwork from the film with a black border that has an old feel. It’s not my favorite design choice though I understand that it gives it a certain vintage quality to it. Bad Channels is obscure enough not to absolutely need newly commissioned art. The reverse includes a track listing for both records (the soundtrack and the score). The slip cover is traditional white. Nothing special. The interior features a full sized version of the traditional Bad Channels artwork, truly awesome. It’s a piece that inspires that lust for the old video store or in this case, record store. The opposite side of the interior gatefold features some nice stills form the movie.

The records themselves come in blue (the soundtrack) and traditional black (the score). They are sold as 180 gram records, but upon opening the the set I couldn’t help but feel they felt light. While 180 grams can vary up or down slightly, the flexibility of the records and hand feel of each made me question whether these were truly 180 gram vinyl records. So I did what any self respecting nerd would do with ample boner and time on his hands, I compared them to the recent release of Shogun Assassin in look and feel. Shogun was obviously heavier and showed little to know bounce and flexibility. This vexed me something fierce. When you find out that Full Moon is getting into records, you have to make sure you cup the balls and make them cough. Many a fellow collector were skeptical of the price tag, sudden emergence of the Band wagon on the vinyl scene and could not put the big box “discovery” out of their minds.

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In short… I weighed the damn things. I weight Bad Channels and, as a benchmark, I weighed the recent release of Shogun Assassin. Sure enough there was a difference. Shogun came in at 185 grams with room for error this more than put it in line with its marketing. It’s distributed by Cinewax aka Light in the Attic’s label… you know they know vinyl. Bad Channels on the other hand did not fair so well. 140 grams. Now vinyl comes in various weights. On the low end you’d find 125 grams. On the high end you see 200 grams plus. For this edition to be 140 grams is not outside the realm of possibility. We are well outside the margin of error though. 4o grams off the mark? Curious. I’d call any of my friends to verify this experience with their own records. Should only take a second.

The quality of the tracks on the vinyl were fine. They sound good. Not great. Good. The soundtrack itself features tracks from Blue Oyster Cult, Joker, Fair Game, Sykotik Sinfoney, DMT and the Ukelaliens. It’s a trip back to 1980-awesome even though the movie itself was released in 1992.  This is pure 80’s rock with splashes of prog and loads of fun. The score itself is one long progressive rock build. 30 tracks of BOC kicking your ass. From that perspective Bad Channels really shines. It feels timely and though I’ve experience Bad Channels in trailer alone (I did not sit through this B stinker) I can appreciate this powerhouse set of records.

It’s interesting choice for Full Moon as I don’t consider it to be a flagship release. While we have been promised many new releases from Full Moon Records including the big names titles like Tourist Trap (which I could have sworn was hitting from Waxwork Records), this one is a mixed bag. I like the packaging/cover and the color of the blue vinyl (though it doesn’t exactly feel like it’s blue for a reason). The music on the record is fine, but it doesn’t feel girthy and bold like a 180 gram record should and even seems to fall apart when held up to a weigh-in. With Full Moon it’s buyer beware. You have to ask yourself if the collectibility is truly there. It’s being sold as a limited edition. Is that trustworthy? What’s the release number and for how long will the color variant be available.

Here’s the full release and link to the product:

http://www.fullmoondirect.com/12-Double-LP-Bad-Channels-Soundtrack-180-gram-Vinyl-Limited-Edition-_p_1021.html

Limited Edition 12” Double LP

On 180 gram Black and Blue Vinyl

For the ultimate vinyl collector, Full Moon Records proudly presents the soundtrack to our classic 1992 film BAD CHANNELS. The soundtrack features memorable tracks including  “Manic Depresso,” “Jane Jane (The Hurricane),” and “Demon’s Kiss” by the legendary Blue Oyster Cult (who are best known for “Don’t Fear The Reaper” and “Godzilla”)

This double LP set comes in a gatefold jacket that showcases the original film poster, plus beautiful reprinted stills from the film. This limited edition 12’ vinyl is a very-low first print run, so act fast.

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TRACK LIST:

DISC 1:
1. Demon’s Kiss – Blue Oyster Cult
2. The Horsemen Arrive – Blue Oyster Cult
3. That’s How It Is – Joker
4. Jane Jane (The Hurricane) – Joker
5. Somewhere in the Night – Fair Game
6. Blind Faith – Fair Game
7. Manic Depresso – Sykotik Sinfoney
8. Mr Cool – Sykotik Sinfoney
9. Myth of Freedom – Dmt
10. Touching Myself Again – Dmt
11. Little Old Lady Polka – The Ukelaliens

DISC 2 :
12. Bad Channels Overture
13. Power Station
14. Power Station II
15. Shadow
16. Vu
17. Cosmo Rules But Lump Controls
18. Battering Ram
19. This Dude Is F**ked
20. Pick Up Her Feed
21. Spray That Scumbag
22. Out of Station
23. Tree Full of Owis
24. Cookie in Bootle
25. Corky Gets It
26. Eulogy for Corky
27. Spore Bomb
28. Remodeling
29. Ginger Snaps
30. Moon Gets It

Film synopsis:
There’s a hip new disc jockey at KDUL, Superstation 66, and he’s about to make rock and roll history. He’s Dangerous Dan O’Dare (Paul Hipp), the most controversial DJ to hit the airwaves and he’s going to give his listeners the time of their life. Dangerous Dan is newly employed at KDUL after a six month suspension by the FCC for a stunt he pulled while on the air. He’s changing the station’s image and contents: from only polka music to a more lively rock and roll. Since he’s always the jester, Dan is starting out with a bang.

Covering the event for Cable World Network is Lisa Cummings (Martha Quinn) who doesn’t trust Dan and thinks he’s a hoax. She becomes the butt of his jokes when she spots a UFO landing near the radio station and Dan is quick to laugh until the alien breaks into KDUL. The alien is Cosmo who has developed quite a taste for rock and roll and beautiful young women. By using the airwaves at the station, Cosmo has found a new way to miniaturize and transport the people listening to the radio. His object is to collect a variety of women to take home to his planet and Dan O’Dare is the only witness!

As hard as Dan tries to convince the listeners of what’s happening, it all backfires as it appears to be another one of his jokes. When Lisa gets miniaturized, along with Cookie (Charlie Spradling) and two other women, she finally believes Dan and they discover the one thing that will stop the alien DJ and make the airwaves safe again.

 

Stay Tuned for the next StylusSexy when we tackled more wax than a hair removal parlor giving out Brazilians.

STYLUS SEXY

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