OK, here is the b-side from the “Looker” 45. This song is also featured in the film. It’s the song playing on the car’s radio after Albert Finney’s character crashes his car into a fountain.
Sue Saad was the leader of the band Sue Saad & the Next. They only released one album in 1980. She then went on to sing songs on several film soundtracks: “Looker,” “Roadie,” “Radioactive Dreams,” & “Vicious Lips.” I think she has a great Pat Benatar-style voice and I think it’s sad she never went any further with her music. These two songs from “Looker” hold a great deal of sentimental value for me, as does the movie.
And by the way, I’ve seen “Vicious Lips” and it is TERRIBLE! But it has 3 songs by Sue Saad in it, so it’s available on Netflix streaming if you’re interested. (And the songs are played in full…and lip-synched by a terrible actress.)
I’d like to take a moment to revisit the song that was my very first post on this blog. At the time I was still trying to figure out how the blog works, what format to use, etc. And in looking back I realized what I had posted before was the film version of the song (which I had found online). Well, a couple months back I was fortunate enough to find the European 7” vinyl single of the song on Ebay. It was manufactured in Holland and I thank the gods a copy finally made it to my grubby little hands. This is the actual single version of the song, which is almost a minute longer!
I have been obsessed with this song since I was a young child. I watched the movie “Looker” so many times as I kid I started memorizing the dialogue. “Hi, I’m Cindy. I’m the perfect female type, 18 to 25. I’m here to sell for you…” I was always so angry that they never released a soundtrack for this movie because the score by Barry DeVorzon is great too. I feel so very lucky to have found this single. Later in the week I will post the b-side song “Highwire,” which is also from the film.
Here is the final entry for our “Xanadu” Week celebration. ELO’s “Drum Dreams” is a percussive disco extravaganza. It appears in the film during the finale, the grand opening of the roller rink. It includes the “Xanadu” chants, but you’re going to have to add the clap-clap-claps on your own. ;-) I hope you have enjoyed these long-lost songs from the film. Hopefully someday they’ll release a remastered version of the soundtrack with these extra songs included. *Wishful thinking*
The next song in our week-long celebration to “Xanadu” is “Fool Country.” This song appears during the grand finale of the film. Although this song wasn’t on the soundtrack, it did eventually resurface on CD as part of a 2-disc Olivia Newton-John greatest hits collection called “Gold.” If you like the song pick it up because that’s the only place it’s available aside from being the b-side to the “Magic” 45. On a side note: Half of this song (the “Fool” half) was used in the Broadway production of “Xanadu.”
My birthday is coming up in a few days, so in honor of that momentous occasion I have decided to dub this “XANADU” WEEK! We all know what a terrible movie “Xanadu” is, but it has an amazing soundtrack. Sadly, when the soundtrack was released it did not include 3 songs that were featured in the film. These 3 songs did appear as b-sides off singles released from the soundtrack. Fortunately, I have been able to acquire all three singles and will post these long lost b-sides all week. First up is “You Made Me Love You,” which is sung by Olivia and appeared on the “Suddenly” single.