The Rocky Horror Picture Show (soundtrack)

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
GenreGlam rock, rock and roll
ProducerRichard Hartley
The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtracks chronology
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 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. 12 on the Australian albums chart[3][4] and No. 11 on the New Zealand albums chart.[5] 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".[6]

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.[7]

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 referred to as "Wise Up, Janet Weiss"). Also omitted is "Once in a While," which was filmed but later cut.

"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.

In 2011 these three songs were released, as MP3 format only, in their stereo, studio mixes on the download only release "The Rocky Horror Picture Show Complete Soundtrack: Absolute Treasures 2011 Special Edition". The album was later issued on double red vinyl for the film's 40th anniversary. However, incidental music and cues are not included and "The Sword of Damocles" features an unknown lead vocalist in place of Trevor White. The latter is included with Trevor White's vocals as a bonus track for the iTunes edition; this is the same version found on the "25 Years of Absolute Pleasure" release, albeit in stereo and contains the dialogue and sound effects from the film.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Richard O'Brien.

Side one
1."Science Fiction/Double Feature"Richard O'Brien4:30
2."Dammit Janet"Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon2:51
3."Over at the Frankenstein Place"Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien2:37
4."Time Warp"Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Little Nell3:15
5."Sweet Transvestite"Tim Curry3:21
6."I Can Make You a Man"Tim Curry2:07
7."Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul"Meat Loaf3:00
8."I Can Make You a Man (Reprise)"Tim Curry1:44
Side two
1."Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me"Susan Sarandon, Little Nell, Patricia Quinn, Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Trevor White2:27
2."Eddie"Jonathan Adams, Little Nell, Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry2:44
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 Adams8:13
4."I'm Going Home"Tim Curry2:48
5."Super Heroes"Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, Jonathan Adams2:45
6."Science Fiction/Double Feature (Reprise)"Richard O'Brien1:26

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]

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


In popular culture[edit]

As announced by video game developer/publisher Activision in a press release on 12 October 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.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

The album initially charted in the US in 1978, however, in 2010, following the "Rocky Horror Glee Show" episode of Glee, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 at number 55.[9]

Chart (1976–86) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[3][4] 12
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10] 8
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[11] 11
US Billboard 200[12] 49
Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard 200 55
US Billboard Top Soundtracks 4


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "The Rocky Horror Picture Show > Charts & Awards", Allmusic, Rovi Corporation, retrieved 3 October 2010
  3. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, New South Wales: Australian Chart Book. p. 282. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ a b "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Albums Chart – Week Ending 09 Jun 1991 (61–100)". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  5. ^ "The Rocky Horror Picture Show (album)", New Zealand charts portal, Hung Medien, retrieved 3 October 2010
  6. ^ Ruhlmann, William, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show > Review", Allmusic, Rovi Corporation, retrieved 3 October 2010
  7. ^ Interview: Excavating Jem with Marty Scott; The Second Disc. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  8. ^ "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
  9. ^ "Music Albums, Top 200 Albums & Music Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  10. ^ " – Soundtrack – The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  11. ^ " – Soundtrack – The Rocky Horror Picture Show". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Soundtrack Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 October 2016.