John Carpenter has not done a whole lot of directing as of late. While staying busy with music tours and producing, fans have been itching for him to get back behind a camera and thrill us again. In anticipation of the release of his newest album, John Carpenter Anthology: Movie Themes 1978-1984, he has done just that. Behold a new music video for his theme from the film Christine:
Starring Rita Volk, the video is pretty cool! The theme sounds amazing, remastered and all. It has been quite a long time since I watched the film, but I slipped right back into it watching that car drive through the city.
Carpenter is also taking the show on the road this fall, with dates as follows:
10/29/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Casino
10/31/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
11/2/17 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
11/4/17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/5/17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/7/17 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth Live
11/9/17 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/10/17 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/12/17 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
11/13/17 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/15/17 – Boston, MA @ Royale
11/16/17 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/18/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
11/19/17 – Syracuse, NY @ The Palace Theatre
And here is the track listing for the album:
1. "In the Mouth of Madness"
2. "Assault on Precinct 13"
3. "The Fog"
4. "Prince of Darkness"
5. "Santiago (Vampires)"
6. "Escape From New York"
8. "Porkchop Express (Big Trouble in Little China)"
9. "They Live"
10. "The Thing"
12. "Dark Star"
"Anthology is a near-comprehensive survey of John Carpenter's greatest themes, from his very first movie, the no-budget sci-fi film Dark Star, to 1998's supernatural Western, Vampires. Those sit alongside the driving, Led Zeppelin-influenced Assault on Precinct 13 theme, Halloween's iconic 5/4 piano riff, and the eerie synth work of The Fog. John Carpenter and his band also cover Ennio Morricone's bleak, minimalist theme for The Thing."
"We also get vital new recordings of the themes to '80s classics and fan favorites Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, Christine, and They Live, along with the romantic Starman. The collection is rounded out by the menacing, heavy themes to Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness, the latter a Metallica-inspired riff originally played for the film by Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, and now played by his son Daniel."
The album will be released on October 20th through Sacred Bones Records in a variety of ways. You can preorder right here.