- Album name: Fame: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
- Artist name: Various, including Michael Gore, Irene Cara, Paul McCrane, Linda Clifford, Laura Dean
- Year: 1980
- Number of discs: one
- Label: RSO Records
- Collection: Selman
- Distinguishing characteristics:
- Scratched into side one of LP: RX-1-3080-AS-PW3
- Scratched into side two of LP: RX-13080-BS-PW2
- Buy it on Amazon: $4.89
Level of familiarity before listening
I have heard of the movie Fame, but I’ve never seen it, and do not think that I have heard any of the songs from its soundtrack.
What I expected
Maybe show tunes?
What it was actually like
I did actually recognize the chorus to the title track Fame (“I’m gonna live forever…”), a very straightforward and simple techno song.
That was the only song that I would describe just as techno, but the two disco songs, Hot Lunch Jam and Red Light, also had a techno sound to them. I guess by the very late 1970s and early 1980s, techno and disco might not have been all that distinct from each other.
Several others sounded like show tunes to me: Out Here on My Own, which was piano focused and jazzy; Never Alone, which had a gospel style choir; and I Sing the Body Electric.
Is It Okay If I Call You Mine? was in a folk style, and incredibly boring. Ralph and Monty (Dressing Room Piano) was a piano instrumental, but very short.
Dogs in the Yard was easy listening, the most bland thing that could possibly be called a song.
Someone should make a parody of this movie, call it Shame, and just not change any of the music.
2/5: bad, but I was able to listen to the whole thing