The Rocky Horror Picture Show (soundtrack)

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 1975
Genre Glam rock, soundtrack
Length 45:04
Label Ode
Producer Richard Hartley
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the original soundtrack album to the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, an adaptation of the musical The Rocky Horror Show that had opened in 1973. The soundtrack was released as an album in 1975 by Ode Records, produced by Richard Hartley.

Release and reception[edit]

The album peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard 200 in 1978.[2] It reached No. 40 on the Australian albums chart[3] and No. 11 on the New Zealand albums chart.[4] William Ruhlmann of Allmusic gave the album a star rating of five stars out of five and described it as the "definitive version of the [Rocky Horror] score".[5]

Following its initial release, the album was not successful, and was deleted everywhere but in Canada. Marty Scott, co-founder of Jem Records, obtained a licensing agreement from Ode Records owner Lou Adler, which enabled the album to be imported to the United States. Scott also obtained a production and distribution license from Adler, which resulted in renewed interest in the album.[6]

Unincluded songs[edit]

The soundtrack omits two of the songs sung in the film: Rocky's "The Sword of Damocles", and the Frank-N-Furter-led "Planet, Schmanet, Janet" (often erroneously referred to as "Wise Up, Janet Weiss"). Also omitted is "Once in a While," which was shot for the film but later unincluded.

"The Sword of Damocles" and "Planet, Schmanet, Janet" are included on the album "25 Years of Absolute Pleasure" however "Planet, Schmanet, Janet" is missing the last verse (don't get hot and flustered) and they are in mono and ported directly from the film itself and so include all the sound effects and dialogue that would normally be omitted from a soundtrack album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Richard O'Brien

Side one
No. Title Performer Length
1. "Science Fiction/Double Feature"   Richard O'Brien 4:30
2. "Dammit Janet"   Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon 2:51
3. "Over at the Frankenstein Place"   Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien 2:37
4. "Time Warp"   Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Little Nell 3:15
5. "Sweet Transvestite"   Tim Curry 3:21
6. "I Can Make You a Man"   Tim Curry 2:07
7. "Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul"   Meat Loaf 3:00
8. "I Can Make You a Man (Reprise)"   Tim Curry 1:44
Side two
No. Title Performer Length
1. "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me"   Susan Sarandon, Little Nell, Patricia Quinn, Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Trevor White 2:27
2. "Eddie"   Jonathan Adams, Little Nell, Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry 2:44
3. "Rose Tint My World":
a. "Floor Show"
b. "Fanfare/Don't Dream It"
c. "Wild and Untamed Thing"  
Little Nell, Trevor White, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Jonathan Adams 8:13
4. "I'm Going Home"   Tim Curry 2:48
5. "Super Heroes"   Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, Jonathan Adams 2:45
6. "Science Fiction/Double Feature (Reprise)"   Richard O'Brien 1:26


Bonus tracks (1989 CD release)[edit]

  1. "Time Warp (1989 remix – extended version)"
  2. "Time Warp (music – 1 = background track = U mix)"

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 25 Years of Absolute Pleasure (2000)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Science Fiction/Double Feature"   4:27
2. "Dammit Janet"   3:22
3. "Over at the Frankenstein Place"   3:59
4. "Time Warp"   4:29
5. "Sweet Transvestite"   4:06
6. "Sword of Damocles"   3:38
7. "I Can Make You a Man"   3:15
8. "Hot Patootie - Bless My Soul"   3:21
9. "I Can Make You a Man (Reprise)"   1:59
10. "Once in a While"   3:45
11. "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me"   2:59
12. "Eddie's Teddy"   2:47
13. "Planet, Schmanet, Janet"   2:36
14. "Rose Tint My World"   2:51
15. "Don't Dream It, Be It"   3:36
16. "Wild and Untamed Thing"   1:51
17. "I'm Going Home"   2:57
18. "Super Heroes"   5:20
19. "Science Fiction/Double Feature (Reprise)"   1:30

Personnel[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

As announced by video game developer/publisher Activision in a press release on October 12, 2010, "Time Warp", "Sweet Transvestite", and "Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul" were released for the game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock as downloadable content on 26 October.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

The album initially charted in 1978, however, in 2010, following the "Rocky Horror Glee Show" episode of Glee, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 at #55.[8]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 40
Austrian Albums Chart 8
New Zealand Albums Chart 11
U.S. Billboard 200 49
Chart (2010) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 55
U.S. Billboard Top Soundtracks 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Rocky Horror Picture Show > Charts & Awards, Allmusic (Rovi Corporation), retrieved 3 October 2010 
  3. ^ The Rocky Horror Picture Show (album), Australian charts portal (Hung Medien), retrieved 3 October 2010 
  4. ^ The Rocky Horror Picture Show (album), New Zealand charts portal (Hung Median), retrieved 3 October 2010 
  5. ^ Ruhlmann, William, The Rocky Horror Picture Show > Review, Allmusic (Rovi Corporation), retrieved 3 October 2010 
  6. ^ Interview: Excavating Jem with Marty Scott; The Second Disc. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  7. ^ Celebrate the Launch of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock With Over 18 New Downloadable Tracks for the Guitar Hero Music Library, Activision, retrieved 13 October 2010 
  8. ^ "Music Albums, Top 200 Albums & Music Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 5 November 2010.