Vocal Song Tracks
Return of the Living Dead featured the following songs:
Click/tap highlighted track names for full Soundtrack release info
Artists are linked if they appear in other featured movies.
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Thanks to Ty W. NorrisThe cult/punk band "The Cramps" wrote and performed the track "The Surfing Dead", which adds to the impressive resume of this classic.
Thanks to Montgomery BrandoThere were 4 horror punk songs recorded for the soundtrack that were never used. They were done by a band called The Undead and all music / lyrics were written by The Undead's singer / songwriter Sid Terror. The songs were "The Undead Anthem" (for the reanimation scene in the graveyard), "My Girlfriend" (for Trash's graveyard striptease), "Everybody's Dead" (for various carnage scenes) and "Zombie Army" (for the end credits).
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Thanks to Montgomery BrandoTobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) was originally set to direct and when he was replaced, the producers tried to change the deals for all the bands, so that the producers would have all publishing rights to the songs and that the bands could not re-record them or perform them live. This is why The Cramps and The Damned never perform their songs that appeared on the soundtrack live. The Undead refused the new deal and their songs were pulled from the soundtrack, however the band released them as "THE UNDEAD: THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEMOS - The ORIGINAL Original Soundtrack". The only band that has performed their song live is 45 GRAVE (the song "Partytime" replaced one song by The Undead), because the song had been previously released... However they rerecorded the soundtrack "Party Time" with different lyrics for this movie, which is how they retained the rights to the original.