Music Weekly: THEY LIVE - Motion Picture Soundtrack LP + THEY LIVE Book!

Hey guys! As seen in our video tease last week, we're so thrilled to present a re-issue of John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's soundtrack to 1988's cult-classic THEY LIVE, featuring brand new package design by Alan Hynes! We're also distributing an all-new book by our friends at Rough Trade Books called THEY LIVE: A VISUAL AND CULTURAL AWAKENING. 

As usual, new releases go on sale Wednesdays at NOON (CT) via mondotees.com.

NEW THIS WEEK

THEY LIVE - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK LP. Music by John Carpenter in association with Alan Howarth. Re-mastered by Alan Howarth. Package design by Alan Hynes. Mondo webstore exclusives Annihilation Of Consciousness variant (Black & White Swirl) and Formaldehyde Face variant (Reverse Purple and Blue Splatter). Expected to Ship Immediately. Ships Worldwide. $35

A classic story of one man fighting for the freedom of the world with a great science-fiction twist. This movie is full of amazing dialogue and also contains the greatest fist fight in the history of cinema. Like most of Carpenter's films, THEY LIVE has an urban-western feel to it, which is emphasized by the infectious score.

Celebrated designer and artist Alan Hynes has crafted a spectacular collectible package for the soundtrack befitting the film’s theme of subliminal communication, utilizing the iconic sunglasses to reveal hidden messages as you pull the disc sleeve from the slip case. 

Carpenter and Howarth's main theme conjures up images of a lone cowboy entering town, with the main melody augmented with the sounds of harmonica and saxophone. There's a carefree attitude which reflects Rowdy Roddy Piper's character, but the score takes on a more sinister tone when he realizes he doesn't know anything about what's really going on. Carpenter's signature synth tones create an uncomfortable atmosphere, but the main bassline is always fighting against them, never giving up. Electric guitar is used fleetingly, but brilliantly, and the whole score embodies the kind of rebelling against authority Carpenter is famous for. THEY LIVE will rock your world without the need for a Brazilian plastic surgeon to put you back together again.

 


THEY LIVE: A VISUAL AND CULTURAL AWAKENING - Published by Rough Trade Books. Mondo exclusive slipcase limited to 750 Copies. Expected to Ship Immediately. Ships Worldwide. $45

THEY LIVE: A Visual and Cultural Awakening featuring contributions from John Carpenter, Slavoj Zizek, Shepard Fairey, John Grant and many more. Edited by Craig Oldham and will be published by Rough Trade Books. In partnership with Mondo/Death Waltz Recording Company, a special-edition version housed in a slipcase and includes a signed and numbered money bill and lenticular bookmark.

AVAILABLE NOW

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2XLP 

Mondo is proud to present the original score to John Carpenter's cult-classic BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. Featuring the complete score by John Carpenter in association with Alan Howarth - available in its entirety on vinyl for the first time, and featuring artwork by Phantom City Creative. $35