Early MTV and Duran Duran`s “Hungry Like The Wolf”

April 30, 2010 by  
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In touch with the ground
I`m on the hunt I`m after you
Smell like I sound I`m lost in a crowd.
And I`m hungry like the wolf.
Straddle the line in discord and rhyme.
I`m on the hunt I`m after you.
Mouth is alive with juices like wine
And I`m hungry like the wolf.

Diane Downs loved MTV. Her favorite video was Hungry Like The Wolf by the New Wave band Duran Duran. When detectives searched her car after the shooting they found a cassette tape in the player, it was the 1982 album Rio by Duran Duran. The song Hungry Like The Wolves made it big in the states when MTV constantly rotated that video in the spring of 1982.

I will link you chapter 2 of the movie made for TV, Small Sacrifices, starring the late and great *(and beautiful, I might add) Farrah Fawcett. Diane`s story is that a “shaggy haired stranger” tried to jack her car and shot her 3 kids while in the process of doing it. Oh, he also shot Diane in the arm. In the TV film Hungry Like The Wolf is playing as Diane tells the detectives her strange tale.

Even though the keys were out of the car, Diane recalled hearing the song during the shooting. This helped nab her. Perhaps Diane thought the lyrics were about Lew Lewiston, her ex-boyfriend, stalking her? Can`t say for sure. So much for the early days of MTV. Program a mad-woman and turn her into a Zombie-Machine-To-Kill! *(P.S. Be On The Look Out for my new piece on the SOP.org and Newsblaze this weekend: Small Sacrifices-Hungry Like The Wolf!)

“Small Sacrifices” and the Music of True Crime

April 27, 2010 by  
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The music of True Crime can be very arousing. Peter Manning Robinson composed the score for the 1989 movie made for TV, Small Sacrifices, starring Farrah Fawcett. Listen to the theme track as the drama begins over the credits. And yea, that`s Ryan O`Neal playing Diane Downs`(Farrah) ex-boyfriend, Lew Lewiston. The story is based on Ann Rule`s best selling True Crime book, Small Sacrifices.

I have my theories as to why this is Ann Rule`s best selling book. However, I won`t get into that at this time. And I also believe that this is one of the late Farrah Fawcett`s best acting roles. I believe you can see the 1989 classic in its entirety on YouTube, in so many parts. I intend to do just that (you should too). And I had to scrounge the used book stores of Austin in order to find the last surviving paperback of Rule`s Small Sacrifices. Weird, I know! OBSESSIONS!

Peter Manning Robinson`s music is tense and pathological (appropriately so); a kind of hybrid of Phillip Glass and Bernard Hermann. Peter has done many other of these soundtracks for various TV True Crime Movies, that was such a big fad in the 1980s. You probably have heard them before, but maybe weren`t listening so closely for what the music was doing to character and plot. Quite a bit, I should think. So dig into the vaults of Peter Manning Robinson.

He`s scored: And the Sea Will Tell, Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story and Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bambenek Story, just to name a few.