Not The Original Soundtrack
:: The Electric Moog Orchestra - Cantina Band ::
:: The Electric Moog Orchestra - Imperial Attack ::
Two great tastes that go together. The Moog fad launched dozens of interesting, misguided and sometimes hilarious albums. Star Wars launched a shitslide of weird merchandising. The evil accountants at Musicor, a multi-national conglomerate headquartered in an ominous castle in the mountains of Latvia, very shrewdly combined the two with this collection of Moog versions of the music from Star Wars. And so it came to be.
This is actually pretty trippy stuff. I expected very little, and while it's really pushing it to call this good, it does at least go off in some very odd directions, and that's enough for me. I couldn't not include the Cantina Band song. It burbles and blurts along, and gets a little jazzy and strange. Imperial Attack is a whole other story. It starts out like you'd expect, but then starts to sound like Tubeway Army before skittering awkwardly into a bit of a reverbed guitar freakout. Then it sort of abruptly goes back to where it started. I'm trying to imagine the look on the face of a little kid listening to this after begging his parents to get it for him.
The rest of this isn't very entertaining, although the Main Title Theme gets a bit bizarre. There's an 8-track version of this out there, and another album of Close Encounters songs. Musicor eventually became its own sovereign nation, then turned into Clear Channel.