Director Paul Schrader has admitted to being drawn to personal and moral dichotomies in his work; small wonder he came to make this starkly comic exploration of Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane, a man whose sexual obsessions led him to become something of a porno pioneer, documenting his exploits in voluminous home videos. Longtime David Lynch musical collaborator Angelo Badalamenti seems the perfect scoring choice, and here he turns from his usual stark, brooding soundscapes to indulge in some jazzy lounge sleaze, music whose garish-yet-hollow nature seems to perfectly echo Crane's collapsing soul. Buster Poindexter imparts suitably reptilian charm to the composer's tone-setting "Snap" (with lyrics by Schrader), while the remaining source material veers from the '60s proto-garage psych-punk of the Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction" and the crude, rambunctious R&B of "Psycho" by the Sonics to kitschy, thematic chestnuts like the O'Kaysians' "(I'm a) Girl Watcher," Barbara Mason's "Yes I'm Ready," a lugubrious take on "It Ain't the Meat (It's the Motion)" by King Cotton, and even Clem Snide's obscure, alt-rock-oriented "A Song for Bob Crane." --Jerry McCulley
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A REAL GONE LOVER ...
Fright Factory | northern Indiana | 11/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Many people didn't find this film too appealing - especially Scotty Crane, and I can see his point of view, and I would be upset as well if my brother turned his back on the family - BUT, Scotty had a pretty unsettling website of his father up for a while and was trying to locate a publisher for a coffee table book of his dad's photographic trists...so, my point is that it looks like everybody was trying to make a buck here. Regardless, I'm sure Bob was a great father and had some issues with the women - and I'm sure Carpenter didn't help it out. The film is decent and offers insight the public never knew about. If you want to see the film because you want a cutsie portrayal of Bob Crane and his Hogan's Heroes days, you're in for a surprise, but the CD rocks with old classic songs and even a few remakes that are remarkable...Geeze, you can buy this CD for a penny, so go for it."