Obscure Grooves #3: At the Movies
The soundtrack is equally lame. It features songs by Shooting Star, a band that had a lot of promise (was the first band to sign with Virgin records), but ended up being a lackluster version of Triumph. Hear for yourself in "Get Ready Boy" from the soundtrack. I swear there were a billion songs that sounded exactly like this in the early eighties.
I've posted on this amazing movie before, but the link for the theme song died, so I think it's time to resurrect it. As I stated back in September '09:
The 1977 film Viva Knievel! perfectly captures the awesomeness of Knievel in all his glory. In Viva Knievel the line between stunt man and superhero is blurred. All within this one film, Knievel helps an orphanage, unites an estranged father (Gene Kelly) with his son, defeats a drug lord (Leslie Nielson), bags a beautiful babe (Lauren Hutton), and, of course, performs a motherload of kick ass stunts.
Not since Handel's Messiah has there been a piece of music that heralds the glory of the composition's subject with such triumphant jubilation" than this theme song. Knievel was The Man in the seventies, and this song is a fitting tribute.
We live in a unique time: the very fact that the soundtracks to Up the Creek and Let's Get Laid! (1977) exist and are readily available is nothing short of amazing. Listen to a song from this raunchy Brittish film, not because it's particularly good, but because you can!
Song: "You Turn My Legs to Water"