Shocker by The Dudes of Wrath
Once in a while a song is not only about a horror movie, or just featured in that horror movie but it’s named after the goddamn thing too. It’s the trifecta, the hat trick, the triple threat – it’s the Title Track, and little else ever competes.
Regretfully, Title Tracks mostly appear to be a thing of the past. Maybe they seem too corny or passe to modern filmmakers. However, dig around through the 80’s and early 90’s and these fuckers are everywhere, probably more out of some ridiculous sense of cross media marketing than any real attempt to make something awesome,…unless your talking about today’s Title Track, Shocker.
Whatever your opinion of Shocker (its definitely not Craven’s finest hour and a half) its soundtrack is out of control.
A supergroup like Voltron assembles from nowhere to rock your pumpkins off. Paul Stanley, Desmond Child and Alice Cooper show up to sing. Vivian Campbell and Guy Mann-Dude from Def Leppard stop by to shred. Whitesnake’s Rudy Sarzo picks up the bass and Mötley Crüe hammer Tommy Lee keeps the beat. Add in some backing vocals by Van Halen’s Michael Anthony and Cooper guitarist Kane Roberts and you got yourself a genuine fuckin’ supergroup to end all supergroups.
What’s more, these guys got together specifically for this soundtrack and never again. To top it all off they called themselves The Dudes of Wrath, a pun I’m not sure makes any goddamn sense, but is still pretty awesome none-the-less.
So bang your head for the dearly departed Horace Pinker, nobody may ever see him again.