Trick or Treat: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
80s Classic for November 2002
1. Trick or Treat
2. After Midnight
3. Don't Stop the Fight
4. Stand Up
5. Tear Down the Walls
6. Get Tough
7. Hold On to the Night
9. If You Could See
|More Releases by Fastway:
All Fired Up (1985)
Waiting for the Roar (1986)
|Related Releases (members):
Katmandu (1991) [King]
Motorhead - Ace of Spades (1980) [Clarke]
Fast Eddie Clarke - It Ain't Over Til It's Over (1993)
|If there ever was a cd tailor made for everyone's favorite
excuse to parade around the neighborhood block (or beyond!) in a strange costume, take
candy from strangers and deal out suffering to those who refuse, this is it. For the
autumnal weirdness of Halloween, this cd should be playing on your stereo on the 31st
instead of those cheesy atmospheric sound effects compilations. It promises to rock your
house and instantly turn it into the most happenin' party spot on this date for haunting.
This puppy is the soundtrack to a horror movie which ended up becoming one of the most
beloved cult flicks of the 80s... we could only be talking about Fastway's "Trick or
Treat: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". The movie itself was jam packed with
metal references, heck it was *all* about a metalhead who made a pact with a dead rock
star in league with the devil and featured appearances by Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne.
For whatever reason it never hit it big mainstream-wise but yet managed to touch a chord
with its intended audience, that being the poofy haired, two finger saluting youth of the
metallic generation. Their heroes brandished a mic and attacked brutally with a six
string, so a movie with a bit of gore, some satanic rituals and lots of head banging music
was right up their alley, now fondly remembered as a campy classic.
A little backhistory on the band leads us into the heart of 1983 and the craptacular self titled. Yes, alot of people love this one and they are welcome to it. Its like an AC/DC wannabe band minus the attitude or catchy song writing. "All Fired Up" fared better with a bluesier approach as the outfit struggled to mend influences with their own identity. 1986's "Waiting for the Roar" removed alot of the metal crunch and added keyboards to spectacular effect. "Kill Me With Your Heart" is perhaps their finest single achievement.
"Trick or Treat" was next up, a soundtrack that was completely composed by Fastway and masqueraded as their fourth studio album. Having a disc tie-in with what was a major motion picture, even if B grade, its still the ultimate opportunity for any band to breakthrough into the mainstream and claim the crown of gold and glory. Unfortunately, Fastway squandered it by squabbling to the point disbanding in 1987. Of course that lasted no time at all and they were back together one year later toting a new vocalist for a grand comeback with "On Target" but by then it was a little too late and the ship had sailed away. Success is fleeting my friends, grab it while you can or you get left at port watching your dreams fade into the distance. But "Trick or Treat" stands as one of their best, altering their sound that took them from a mid range hard rock group to blistering metallers that could compete with the softer images of the *new* "Ram It Down" Judas Priest and Fast Eddie Clarke's former band, Motorhead. Original Irish vocalist Dave King was on hand to give it that rough twirl in the lead catagory that pulses with bluesiness and everything flies with the menacing grace of a bat against the yellow full moon backdrop on All Hallow's Eve Night. It had the edge their other discs lacked, King was at the top of his game and Clarke's guitar work was so hot you can feel the blisters rising from the heat generated by his masterfully played six string. This isn't quite Yngwie caliber, but its damn good and suited to the music. Alot of the fluff plastered on for "Waiting for the Roar" had melted off for this rockin' affair and in comparision to the multilayers of "Roar", it does indeed sound rather stripped at times.
01.] "Trick or
There are alot of fanatics that have gone wild over this disc, and its easy to see why. Horror flick flavours, simple and satisfying hooks, uncluttered instrumentation, vocals that are far from 'wimpy', and a dose of metal power that stays true to its rock n' roll roots to back it all up. Its the recipe for not a witch's brew, but a slab of musical success. Too bad Fastway's one opportunity was squandered and the movie crashed due to not being the kind of ticket draw the studio had hoped. This bit of bad luck turned on its head to make both movie and soundtrack a kind of underground cult classic that go hand in hand like twisted blankets and a bad dream. Not as popular as other B grade flops like "Army of Darkness" and all the 'numbered' Halloween movies, "Trick or Treat" still has its fans, and Fastway remains in the hearts of many rock jocks and metal mavens. A bit hard to find in the here and now, but if you can track it down, its a solid disc overall that looks great in the collection and will almost assuredly be pulled out for the only mainstream pagan holiday, the Spook-a-thon autumn celebrated...Halloween. Pour up an apple cider or something a little stronger and enjoy a not-so terrifying waltz down metal memory lane.
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