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ScoreKeeper Wants To Tell You About The New 2 Disc BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Soundtrack!!

Greetings! ScoreKeeper here on the Pork Chop Express and I’m talking to who whoever’s listening out there. I’m in big trouble with the Wing Kong for swiping their only copy of La-La Land Records’ latest soundtrack release which just hit the streets of Chinatown last week. A couple weeks ago I penned an article [] praising 2008 as the greatest year ever for new releases of older scores. We’re just a few Chinese hells into 2009 and already the race is on to make this year even better! I love the 80’s! I say that at least once a day. The decade of my youth is riddled with an abundance of decadence displayed across a variety of creative fields. One such field is film music featuring, among its many characteristics, a cavalcade of epic vintage synthesizer scores the likes of which we may never experience in cinema again. A hallmark amongst these legendary synthesizer scores, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986) [] is a cult classic featuring bad-ass music composed by its director, John Carpenter, in association with long-time collaborator Alan Howarth. Released in its entirety for the first time, this two-disc limited edition (3000 units) soundtrack remains a gold standard for 1980’s synth scores.
La-La Land Records continues its tradition of an across-the-board commitment to excellence evident by the immaculate digital re-mastering by Mike Matessino, a mini-novel worth of detailed liner notes written by Daniel Schweiger, and the iconic portrait of Jack Burton by movie poster maven, Drew Struzan, which graces its cover. Under the supervision of producers Nick Redman, MV Gerhard, Mike Matessino, and Alan Howarth, this amazing soundtrack is undoubtedly one of the first must-grabs of 2009. Would Jack Burton’s red-blooded cockiness be emblazoned on screen without the ripping synth guitars of the “Main Title”? Would the rain be as transparently exotic when Jack and Gracie approach The White Tiger without the pitter-patter of a rhythmically complex pairing of synthesized kalimbas and bassoon? Would the madmen of the Wing Kong Exchange be as comically truculent minus it’s festering synth bass ostinato? Hmmm. Well, just remember what ol’ Jack Burton says…


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  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by BlackNacht

    The Check is in the Mail.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Excellent indeed. Now when's it coming out on Blu Ray?!!

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    John Carpenter is the Gold Standard for ALL

    by Stuntcock Mike

    synth scores.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Am I buying this?

    by palimpsest

    Yes, sir, the cheque is in the mail.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Ol' Jack always says... what the hell?

    by the_patriot

    Thanks for the heads up, ScoreKeeper! It's hard to keep track of all these limited releases like this and *this* is cool.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Ahh ya beat me BlackNacht

    by palimpsest

    I bow to you

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by krullboyisback

    I love this movie, and the "music video" on the DVD is fucking amazing!!! If you have not seen it yet, do it, do it now!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    How about a contest?

    by DarthCorleone

    I'm willing to write an essay on why this is the greatest movie ever to win this soundtrack. I will not engage in any monkey sacrifices, however, if those are required.<br><br> <br>Wang Chi: A brave man likes the feel of nature on his face, Jack. <br><br>Egg Shen: Yeah, and a wise man has enough sense to get in out of the rain!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Darthcorleone, that is a great fucking idea

    by krullboyisback

    I hope Harry is reading this TB and sees your idea. I love, love, love this movie. Everything from the fighting tong, the girl with green eyes, and a pre-cougar Kim Katral. . .glorious, to say nothing of Jack Burton and the Porkchop Express

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    by zacdilone

    Spoiler alert if you follow that link.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    It's all in the reflexes

    by photoboy

    And my reflexes are telling me to buy this score.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Fuck me we need a sequel. . .

    by krullboyisback

    and you know John Carpener gotta eat. . . imagine, a mid-life crisis Jack boozing i up in the Shanghai docks, and Wang Chi needs his help for another adventure. . . with special guest appearance from the guy that starred in "They Call Me Bruce"

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    We're talking biiig trouble--

    by Pompoulus

    In little CHIIIINA!!! That's right, biiig trouble -- IN LITTLE CHIIIIINA!!! I will run into the mystic night to buy this.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Running to the burning flame, run until they take us away

    by krullboyisback

    take us away, take us awaaaayyyyy!!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Remember when genre

    by kwisatzhaderach

    movies used to be good? Where is today's John Carpenter or Joe Dante?

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    "You just tell 'em what ole Jack Burton says...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    ...have you paid your dues Jack? Yessir, cheque is in the mail."

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Nice, but nuttin surpasses the EFNY sountrack.

    by Stalkeye

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    How about a 'Best Of John Carpenter' release?

    by vic twenty

    The only Carpenter whose music one can actually listen to.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Oh wait - there is one.

    by vic twenty

    Synthahol - tasty!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 6:29 p.m. CST


    by Hikaru Ichijo

    Best news all month

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Here's to the army and navy, and the battles they have won

    by Raymar

    May the wings of liberty never lose a feather...

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Drink this!

    by StarUnlit

    ...we can do things no one else can do, see things no else can see!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Run until they take us away!

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    Take us away... Take us AWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! Good times!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 9:06 p.m. CST


    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours


  • Jan. 28, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Blu-ray film release?

    by lynxpro

    When the hell is Fox bringing out this remastered on Blu-ray? I love my 2-disc DVD edition but I want to upgrade to Blu. Oh Fox, why won't you let me pay you money for this? Same goes for *Fight Club*. Make it so, Fox Home Video!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Great film on a rainy day..

    by Han Cholo

    The opening of the film makes it a great view when it's cold and raining outside. Yep, we need a blu ray release already. And yet we all keep trying like fools hehe..... NOW THIS REALLY PISSES ME OFF TO NO END!!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    I have the original soundtrack release! Awesome!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    One CD only, but it's cool!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST

    "Everybody relax! I'm here."

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Brilliant movie!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 2:57 a.m. CST

    "Jack, come on, Jack!"

    by caruso_stalker217

    How many times did Wang begin and end a sentence with "Jack"?

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 3:11 a.m. CST

    SIX DEMON BAG is extremely happy about this

    by Six Demon Bag

    I'm gonna go beat my kids, regardless of what Johnny Rico says

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Son-Of -A-Bitch Must Pay!!

    by thelordofhell

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:51 a.m. CST

    The movie sorts of overshadows the soundtrack

    by ricarleite

    So I can't really remember any specific selection of it, just a few moments when that guy gets huge and explodes. Love this movie, I'd love to have this soundtrack. No contests this time, ScoreKeeper? Huh? ;-)

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 4:54 a.m. CST


    by Missing Dink

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:06 a.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    J Carpenter hasn't made a good film since THEY LIVE, Kurt hasn't made a good cheesy film since TANGO+CASH (besides Death Proof), James Hong actually looks the way he does in CHINA, Egg is dead I think and there is no way in hell Gracie Law is coming back. Let it go and watch this one endlessly, it won't fail to disappoint. Remember Indy 4 and Escape from LA!!!!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:13 a.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    that look he gives and his hand shaking still makes me giggle!!

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST


    by caruso_stalker217

    I actually like L.A. more than NEW YORK.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:41 a.m. CST

    I didn't know Carpenter did the music.

    by psychoholic

    He is multi-talented. "*hooonk hooooonk* What the hell!"

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST

    LA pales in comparision to NY

    by Six Demon Bag

    accept it. you know it to be true

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 7:33 a.m. CST

    That Batman TAS Soundtrack....

    by Kentucky Colonel

    A week or so ago the Batmas: TAS soundtrack was recommended here. I snapped one up and it is indeed awesome. I then went one more and plunked down $20 to get some dude in the Netherlands to come off his Batman: Mask of the Phantasm CD. The liner notes for the package are amazing and the glimpse offered into the much-too-brief life of Shirley Walker was very interesting. The last cut on the 2 cd set is her at a piano, explaining how the Batman theme was basically four notes followed by either a melencoly or action-oriented "callback", which could then be blended seamlessly into Danny Elfman's theme, etc. etc. and she plays her piano to give example. If there are any left, and I doubt there are as it was limited to 3000 pressings, GRAB IT! <p> Now next years Xmas disc compliation that I make each year will have music from "Christmas With The Joker" on it. Zing! <p> Plus, in the liner notes I believe it was Paul Dini was preferred the title "Batman Animated: The Series" so it's acronym would have been BATS. <p> Kurt Douglas kicks ass...from Lost in Space to Disney to Snake Plisskin.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Are they gonna sell it on that soundtrack collector site?

    by Bishop6

    for like $150? Fuck that

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Is it me or just he look like a gay hairdresser

    by Bishop6

    in that poster?? LMAO ROLFFFCOPTER

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    I never 'got' this movie..

    by Bishop6

    the jokes just weren't funny and it kinda dragged on a bit too long

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Six Demon Bag

    by caruso_stalker217

    I accept it, but I can't help liking L.A. more. I think it's because I saw it when I was a kid and didn't get around to NEW YORK until a couple years ago.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 8:04 p.m. CST

    And the congregation said "Amen"

    by PorkChopXpress

    Man, I wish they'd revisit these characters. I mean, I'm not sayin' I've been everywhere and I've done everything...

  • Jan. 30, 2009, 12:03 a.m. CST

    "Good knife.... Goodbye Mr. Burton..."

    by spire_walk

    This movie was really ahead of its time.

  • Jan. 30, 2009, 3:15 a.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    i know the feeling in that sense

  • Feb. 3, 2009, 6:32 a.m. CST

    we may be trapped...

    by The Amazing G