Recall Records to release soundtrack to cult Basquiat film "Downtown 81"
Starring legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, "Downtown 81" depicts the explosive downtown New York art and music scene of 1980-81 and features music from Kid Creole and the Coconuts, James White and the Blacks, DNA, Tuxedo Moon, the Plastics, Walter Steding and the Dragon People, and Basquiat's own band, Gray.
"Downtown 81" party to take place November 6 @ Tribeca Grand NYC. Film producer, Maripol will feature a show of her '80s Polaroids at this event. Grand National and Mark Kamins DJ sets and a live appearance by James Chance.
"DOWTOWN 81" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Recall Records / Release Date: nov 6
Artist Bios: www.downtown81.com/still.htm
"This record still kicks, the tunes are still solid, and as a time capsule of an incredible era in NYC arts history, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better document other than perhaps the film itself." - Other Music Digital
"...jam-packed with riveting perfs by some of the hottest underground Gotham bands of the early '80s...an extraordinary real-life snapshot of hip. arty, clubland Manhattan in the post-punk era...brings viewers right inside the pulsating heart of latenight Lower East Side New York..." - Variety
On November 6, Recall Records will release the soundtrack to cult American film Downtown 81. Starring the legendary American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), the film vividly depicts the explosive downtown New York art and music scene of 1980-81. Not a documentary, it presents a slightly exaggerated, romantic and magical version of the reality of the time: the entire cast is composed of the movers and shakers on the downtown scene.
Basquiat was a 19 year old painter, graffiti artist, poet and musician when he played the lead in this film. He had yet to have his first exhibition. But his paintings and words were part of the city landscape. Today, his paintings hang in museums and important collections around the world and he is internationally recognized as one of the most important artists of the late twentieth century.
Downtown 81 not only captures one of the most interesting and lively artists of the twentieth century as he is poised for fame, but it is a slice of life from one of the most exciting periods in American culture, with the emergence of new wave music, new painting, hip hop and graffiti. The cast includes Deborah Harry and leading bands of the era including Kid Creole and the Coconuts, James White and the Blacks, DNA, Tuxedo Moon, the Plastics, and Walter Steding and the Dragon People. Also heard on the soundtrack are rap legend Melle Mel, John Lurie, Lydia Lunch, Suicide, Kenny Burrell and Basquiat's own band, Gray.
Downtown 81 was shot in 1980-81. Originally titled New York Beat, it was written and co-produced by the well known writer Glenn O'Brien, produced by Maripol, the art director and stylist, and directed by photographer Edo Bertoglio, all of whom were deeply involved in the art, music and fashion scenes of the time. The Director of photography was John McNulty, one of New York's top lighting men, shooting his first feature.
"Sometimes we forget who laid down the stones for us and we need to go far back to discover our real influences. We should not forget that their were some great obscure bands like James White and the Blacks, that Blondie came before Madonna and that Lydia Lunch was one of the most incredible punk bands." Maripol
"I feel like a lot of the people in this film should have conquered the world. The film and soundtrack is a great place to learn about the beginning of a scene. If you see something interesting, you can follow it up and it will lead you to other music and other films. There are lots of very important artists who are briefly glimpsed in the film and I urge people to check out the other work of these artists." Glenn O'Brien
1. Gray So Far So Real
2. Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Coati Mundi K Pasa-Pop I
3. Tuxedomoon - Desire
4. Liquid Liquid - Cavern
5. DNA Blonde Redhead
6. James Chance Sax Maniac
7. The Lounge Lizards I'm a Doggy
8. James Chance Contort Yourself
9. Gray Drum Mode
10. Lydia Lunch Closet
11. Coati Mundi Palabras Con Ritmo
12. The Lounge Lizards Bob the Bob
13. Pablo Calogero Tangita
14. Kid Creole & the Coconuts - Mr. Softee
15. Suicide - Cheree
16. DNA Detached
17. Chris Stein 15 Minutes
18. Plastics Copy
19. New Day
20. Rammellzee, K Rob Beat Bop
*DNA was recorded live at Vanguard Studios. TuxedoMoon was recorded live at Blank Tapes Studios. The live club performances were recorded on location using the RCA 24 track mobile unit.*
Downtown 81 party to take place November 6 @ Tribeca Grand NYC. Film producer, Maripol will feature a show of her 80's Polaroids at this event. Grand National and Mark Kamins DJ sets and a live appearance by James Chance.