Among certain of his fans, John Carpenter is nearly as beloved for his synth-heavy theme songs as he is for his movies. The director of such genre classics as “Halloween,” “The Thing” and “They Live” has composed a number of his own soundtracks, and in the last year has even released the albums “Lost Themes” and “Lost Themes II.” (“Night,” taken from the first of these, is so good it deserves to have an actual movie written around it.) In advance of his next release, a re-recording of four of his best-known pieces, Carpenter can now be seen performing “Escape From New York” live in studio.
The writer/director is on synth duty in the video and is flanked by a full band, including his son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies. Sacred Bones will release two new 12-inch records on June 17, the first pairing “New York” with “Halloween” and the second featuring “Assault on Precinct 13” and “The Fog.” (Notably absent is the “Starman” theme, which this diehard considers Carpenter’s best.) Both are available for pre-order and come in a variety of formats tailored to vinyl enthuasists’ collecting preferences; special red- and blue-vinyl editions are available exclusively on Carpenter’s upcoming tour, which begins May 20 in Los Angeles.
One of many Carpenter/Kurt Russell collaborations, “New York” envisions the Big Apple as a citywide prison in a near-future dystopia. Its sequel, “Escape from L.A.,” is perhaps the auteur’s most underrated film.