Thursday, 11 August 2005
Yesterday I went to Footlight Records for probably the last time. After 30 years as a shop specializing in theatre and film music, they're being forced by a rent increase to abandon their space on W 12th St and go "internet only".
The same thing happened to Midnight Records a year or two ago. They specialized in rock and roll, and are listed in the back of Nick Tosches's Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll as a good source for recordings of the artists he writes about.
Midnight Records was priced out of their space on W 23rd street after 20 years of business. Now there's a Ben & Jerry's at that address. I'm beginning to think we should change the name of the city to New New York.
When Footlight made it known that they would be leaving their space, they discounted all of their vinyl by 75%. I dropped by and bought some random things. Most of them I could have lived without, but the soundtrack to Spellbound is worth having, as is Kenyon Hopkins's music for a TV show called The Reporter.
Yesterday I was walking by Footlight Records and I saw a CD in the window, soundtrack music for the television show Burke's Law. I kept walking, then stopped.
I don't really like Burke's Law much though there's at least one episode worth watching, which stars John Cassavetes as a Marlon Brando/The Wild One-type biker who lands the lead role in a production of Hamlet and delivers all of his lines in biker/beatnik poet argot ("To be or, like, not to be, man!") and I couldn't remember anything about the music.
But I turned around and entered the shop. I found the CD on the new releases shelf and right behind it was another CD on the same label, of soundtrack music for the television show Honey West.
I had the same reaction. Don't really care about the show, can't remember the music. Both CDs were $22.95 for about 30 minutes of music, not much of a deal.
Then I noticed that track #9 on the Burke's Law CD was called "Drum Madness". And I remembered that Honey West had cool opening credits. I bought them both. I'm listening to Honey West right now and it's quite nice.
For me, that was a quintessential Footlight Records episode. I'll miss them.