Read here Bill Conti's attitude towards his scores
being released on CD from an interview, gratefully reproduced with the permission
-With so many scores behind you, don't you think you should be better-represented on CD?
I get lots of requests for The Big Blue, Gloria and The Karate Kid. And I think, "what a bore." The only time I've put out CDs were for these three IMAX pictures, The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Niagara Falls. They sell at the parks, and I retained the rights for the music. So that means I went into the CD business. Somebody prints them up, stamps them, and mails them out. I hate every inch of the thought of doing that, because I don't want to be a businessman. So why did I do that? I did it as an experiment. Forget money. If 10, or 100 thousand people want The Big Blue, it don't mean a thing. It needs to be a hit. Maybe your little composer ego goes "Wow!" But I can't tell you how many Yellowstone CDs have even been sold. It's just irrelevant. So when people ask for a tape of Gloria, I tell them that I'm sorry, but I'm not in the business of making tapes. They should just consider the music as not being released. I only wish there was a hit. I don't want to know Gloria. Who cares? -Bill Conti
-A lot of your fans do. Shouldn't it feel good that people want your music?
You're right. It should feel good, but it's always been cumbersome to put out CDs of my scores. I don't even have any tapes of mine. I don't have a clue of where they are, or records of where they went to. But knowing that there are people out there who do care, the thought has crossed my mind to hire someone to start a label. But then there are those sleazy boutique labels that put out bootlegs. I don't want to be a shopkeeper. Even if I hired someone, wouldn't I still be the shopkeeper? -Bill Conti
|3||A Bumpy Ride||1:47|
|4||Miyagi Rattles The Bones||2:36|
|6||On To Miyagi's||1:29|
|9||Daniel Sees The Bird||2:32|
|10||Fish And Train||2:23|
|14||The Moment Of Truth||3:34|
|Song Title||Artist(s)||Time||Scene in Movie -Updated 15th Feb 2000|
|Moment of Truth||Survivor||End Titles|
|(Bop Bop) On The Beach||The Flirts &Jan+Dean||Beach Soccer Scene|
|No Shelter||Broken Edge||Halloween Chase|
|Young Hearts||Commuter||Golf N' Stuff Reconciliation (2nd visit)|
|(It Takes) Two To Tango||Paul Davis||Beach Flirting at Sunset|
|Tough Love||Shandi||Johnny's Walkman -Halloween Dance Bathroom Scene|
|Rhythm Man||St. Regis||At School|
|Feel The Night||Baxter Robertson||Golf N' Stuff Montage|
|Desire||Gang Of Four||Background|
|You're The Best||Joe "Bean" Esposito||Tournament Fights|
The following tracks were used in the movie but are *not* present on the soundtrack CD:
|Song Title||Artist(s)||Time||Scene in Movie -Updated 15th Feb 2000|
|Please Answer Me||Broken Edge||Halloween Dance -- Band actually is in scene.|
|The Ride||Matches||Motorcycles Descend To The Beach|
|Cruel Summer||Bananarama||Ride To first day at School|
Brooks Arthur, the
prolific record producer, served as Music Supervisor for the Karate Kid movies.
Having recently served under the same capacity for the Tom Cruise vehicle All
The Right Moves (1983), Brooks assembled an interesting list of artists for
the Karate Kid project. The artists were cleverly chosen for their talent rather
than their bankability [they didn't cost much!]. Some of the artists would never
be famous, others' fame had faded at that time. Most of the artists seem to
have been signed to Polygram or its subsiduary labels at the time. Many of the
tracks were supervised or produced by Brooks himself and, interestingly, none
of the tracks on the soundtrack CD ever seem to have appeared on albums released
by the individual artists. The only real omissions from the album were Bill
Conti's great works and Bananarama's "Cruel Summer" which was a hit
for them in the UK and US at that time. I suspect that "Cruel Summer"
was omitted from the soundtrack album for purely commercial reasons [ie: Bananarama
would have cost too much to include and "Cruel Summer" was not considered
enough of a draw to warrant the expense or there were licensing problems].
Artist Biographical Information
In this section, for those who are interested, we will give some background info on the various artists that were chosen by Brooks Arthur, the music supervisor on the movie to appear on the soundtrack.
Survivor -"Moment Of Truth"
Obviously chosen for their sucessful formula with Karate Kid director John G Avildsen on "Rocky III" Survivor were the only real 'name' act (who were current in 1984) included on the soundtrack CD. Survivor was founded in 1978 by guitarist/keyboardist Jim Peterik, formerly the lead singer of the Ides of March, and guitarist Frankie Sullivan; the two recruited lead singer Dave Bickler and recorded a self-titled debut album as a trio with studio musicians Dennis Johnson on bass and Gary Smith on drums. Their places were taken by permanent members Stephen Ellis and Marc Doubray, respectively. The group's big break came in 1982 when Sylvester Stallone commissioned them to write the theme to Rocky III; the result, "Eye of the Tiger," was an instant hit with its bombastic opening riff and anthemic chorus. It spent six weeks at number one on the Billboard charts and pushed the accompanying album of the same name over the one million sales mark. Bickler quit in 1983 due to medical reasons and was replaced by former Cobra singer Jimi Jamison. The shakeup gave the band a kickstart, and as well as recording one of the most memorable tracks from the Karate Kid soundtrack, they went on to have two Top Ten hits in 1985 with "High On You" and "The Search Is Over." The band's theme from Rocky IV, "Burning Heart," provided their second biggest hit in 1986, but their fortunes slid downhill from there; by the end of the year, Jamison, Peterik, and Sullivan were the only remaining members, and Survivor finally disbanded in 1989. Bickler,Sullivan, Ellis and Doubray returned to the studio as Survivor in 1997.
The Flirts & Jan+Dean -"(Bop Bop) On The Beach"
Besides the Beach Boys, no other vocal group captured the sound of California surf music with as much success, both commercial and artistic, as Jan & Dean. The duo actually began as a doo wop-soaked harmony act in the late '50s, reaching the Top Ten with the goofy "Baby Talk" and scoring minor hits with doo wop updates of standards like "A Sunday Kind of Love" and "Heart and Soul." When the Beach Boys began their climb to superstardom, Jan & Dean changed gears and followed suit with a series of surf and hot rod hits that featured falsetto harmonies, chugging guitars, and Jan Berry's clean production. Brian Wilson himself sang backup vocals on their biggest hit (which he co-wrote with Jan), "Surf City," in 1963. While they lacked the Beach Boys' depth and capacity for artistic growth, Jan & Dean's hits from 1963 and 1964 -- which also included "The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)," "Drag City," "Honolulu Lulu," and the mini-soap opera "Dead Man's Curve" -- are in the same class as the Beach Boys' early work in their infectious, energetic invocation of good times and California sunshine. They added an irresistibly reckless humor to the genre, and were well cast as the fun-loving hosts of the classic 1964 rock & roll hootenanny film "The T.A.M.I. Show" (for which they performed the rip-roaring theme, "(Here They Come) From All over the World"). The duo's success, already on the wane a bit, was tragically cut short by Jan Berry's near-fatal auto accident in April 1966, which had been eerily foreshadowed by the lyrics of "Dead Man's Curve." In this way they offered an inexpensive way of getting that "Beach Boys" sound for the Beach scene.
NEW! Broken Edge -"No Shelter + Please Answer Me"
Broken Edge actually appeared in the halloween dance scene
A big thanks to Joshua
Lober, who was the bass player of this rock group (Broken Edge),
who wrote in to give us new information not only on them but also some of the
other bands that were featured on the Soundtrack.
Edge is the band playing at the [halloween] dance (dressed as gangsters).
This was filmed in the gym at Hughes
Jr. High, which is where I went to Jr. High!"
The members were Joshua Lober who sang and played bass, Jon Mark who sang and played guitar and Richie Fenton who played drums as well as singing. They had one album, released with Polydor in 1984 called "Time for a Change".
More to follow soon!
Paul Davis -"(It Takes) Two To Tango"
Country singer Paul Davis seems an unlikely choice for the romantic tune heard briefly as the two teenagers eye each other up at the beach at dusk, but Davis, who had, at the time, just had a hit with "'65 Love Affair" in 1982 does a nice job of creating what amounts to the "love theme" from Karate Kid. Davis also had a hit in 1977with "I Go Crazy".
Shandi Tough Love"
Shandi, who released a self-named album "Shandi" in 1980, perform a song that I'm not sure is even noticeable in the film. As point of interest, Shandi also contibuted "He's A Dream" to the "Flashdance" soundtrack -- a soundtrack also featuring Joe Esposito [below]. Shandi's band members, who also sang were: Bass: James Rolleston, Guitar: Tim Pierce ,Steve Zykes Drums: Pat Mastelotto, Keyboards: Paul Hertzog. Vocals were all the above as well as lead singer Shandi.
NEW! St. Regis -"Rhythm Man"
Thanks to Joshus Lober of Borken Edge, we now know that early electro/Techno sounding St. Regis was comprised of two brothers (Greg and Mark) St. Regis. Greg St. Regis added some synthesizers on the three songs of the Broken Edge Album "Time For A Change", but Joshua hadn't heard from him since. If you know of the whereabouts of the St. Regis brothers, please contact me...
Baxter Robertson -"Feel The Night"
According to my research, Baxter published 3 albums including "Vanishing Point Two" in 1984 and "Panorama View". Baxter who played lead guitar and keyboards as well as lead vocals, had to produce two versions of "Feel the night" for Karate Kid. One for the soundtrack album and one, with extra female vocals, for the movie itself.
Gang Of Four -"Desire" [Check out the Gang Of Four Website]
Gang Of Four was formed in 1977 in Leeds, England, by Andy Gill, Jon King and Hugo Burnham, all graduates of Leeds University, and Dave Allen, who answered an advert for a 'bass player wanted'. After their first single in 1978, they were snapped up by EMI and released their debut album Entertainment! in 1979. Their second single, At Home He's A Tourist, actually made the UK Top 40, and Gang Of Four had been due to appear on Top Of The Pops, but were dropped at the last minute when they refused to remove the word 'rubbers' from the lyrics. Having retained their artistic integrity but missed their chance of wider fame, they were destined to remain a cult band, and they never again reached the singles chart. The second album Solid Gold was released in 1981, but shortly afterwards Dave Allen left to form Shriekback, and was replaced on bass by Sara Lee. A third album, Songs Of The Free followed in 1982, but by this point much of the original hard edge had been lost from the music. Hugo Burnham left after this album, and the fourth album, Hard (1983), featured Andy Gill programming the Linndrum, with Jo Galdo, Ron Albert and Howard Albert also heavily involved. Steve Goulding provided live drums until 1984, when the band broke up. A live album, At The Palace, features one of their last gigs. For a while, that was it, but in 1990 Gang Of Four was re-formed, on a part-time basis, by Andy Gill and Jon King, with various people filling in on bass and drums. The first single from the reformed band was Money Talks, released by independent record label Scarlett Recordings, and an album Mall followed in 1991, on Polydor. The sound was rather more electronic than Gang Of Four's earlier work, and later they admitted to only being happy with about half of it. Andy and Jon kept themselves busy with film soundtrack work, and one such film, Delinquent, provided much of the music for the sixth Gang Of Four studio album, Shrinkwrapped. The album was released by When! (part of Castle Communications) in 1995, to widespread acclaim but (presumably) the usual dismal sales. A couple of rare but triumphant gigs followed, in London and America, but Jon King has since left the music business, meaning the end of Gang Of Four. In 1998 Andy, Hugo and Dave worked together in compiling a 2-CD compilation, 100 Flowers Bloom [pictured above], which was released in the USA including a number of new remixes and previously unreleased live and demo versions of earlier songs. It is still available. For the future, a live album and even a live video have been rumoured. Bio ©1998-99 Phil Hetherington - firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe "Bean" Esposito-"You're The Best"
Joe "Bean" Esposito, having played guitar with Elvis, was the lead singer of "Brooklyn Dreams", a disco vocal group from New York in the late 70's. Other members were Bruce Sudano(married to Donna Summer in 1980), and Eddie Hokenson. They Just missed the Top 40 with their first and second hits, "Music, Harmony & Rhythm" (1977) and "Make it last" (1978), but got there with their third(thanks to Donna Summer): "Heaven knows" also in 1978. Esposito, who also contibuted the track "Lady, Lady, Lady" to the "Flashdance" soundtrack and sung background vocals for "What A Feeling" from the same film. Joe Esposito, whose last album "Treated & Released" was released in 1996 [and is still available] contributed the high octane music to the tournament at the end of the movie.
Banarama-"Cruel Summer" [Not On The Movie Soundtracka album]
The most successful British girl-group in pop history, Bananarama formed in London in late 1981. Drawing equal inspiration for their name from the children's television program "The Banana Splits" and the Roxy Music song "Pyjamarama," the trio comprised lifelong friends Keren Woodward and Sarah Dallin along with Siobhan Fahey, whom Dallin befriended at the London College of Fashion. After getting their start singing at friends' parties and at nightclubs (where they performed accompanied by backing tapes -- none of the women played their own instruments), they came to the attention of ex-Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, who produced Bananarama's first single, a cover of Swahili Black Blood's "Aie A Mwana." After the group backed Fun Boy Three on the single "It Ain't What You Do, It's the Way You Do It," the Three returned the favor for 1982's "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'," a cover of the 1965 Velvelettes song that was the first of Bananarama's 26 U.K. chart smashes. While their initial hits, including "Shy Boy," "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" and "Cruel Summer" (their first U.S. smash) were roundly dismissed as fluffy pop fare, the success of 1984's rape-themed release "Robert DeNiro's Waiting" convinced the group to tackle more serious topics; however, the follow-up single, "Rough Justice" -- a song protesting political tensions in Northern Ireland -- bombed, and the trio's career stalled. In 1986, Bananarama's fortunes improved considerably when they joined forces with the production team of Stock/Aitken/Waterman, who produced the album "Wow!"; the group's most successful outing to date, the LP's cover of the Shocking Blue's "Venus" was an international chart-topper, and both "Love in the First Degree" and "I Heard a Rumour" were major hits as well. In 1987, Fahey left the group after marrying Eurythmics' Dave Stewart; she later resurfaced as one half of the duo Shakespear's Sister. Woodward and Dallin, meanwhile, enlisted pal Jacquie O'Sullivan, formerly of the Sheilagh Sisters, to fill the void. After a long layoff, the revamped group teamed with new producer Youth to issue the 1991 album "Pop Life", which featured a cover of the Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Running." Shortly after the album's release, O'Sullivan too exited, and Woodward and Dallin forged on as a duo for 1992's "Please Yourself" and 1995's "Ultra Violet".
Matches -"The Ride"
I have been unable to find anything about this rock group. If you have any information, please contact me...
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