October 31, 2016

20,000 Vinyl LPs 72: Rocky Horror Picture Show with Audience Participation

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It is believed that many Halloween traditions originated from Celtic harvest festivals which may have pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, and that this festival was Christianized as Halloween. Some academics, however, support the view that Halloween began independently as a solely Christian holiday.    

What better way to celebrate a modern Halloween tradition than with the pagan (and raucous), The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Audience Participation?  

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It has become a tradition to show The Rocky Horror Picture Show in hundreds of locations throughout the United States on All Hallows' Eve. But the first time I saw the film with some friends in 1975 the theater was virtually empty; our howls of laughter ricocheted in the vast vacuum. To say the film was a major flop is in no way an exaggeration (see Sarandon link below). 

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The album is a gatefold. A gatefold cover, when folded, is the same size as a standard LP cover (i.e. a 12½ inch, or 32.7 centimeters square). 

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According to J. Hoberman, author of Midnight Movies, it was after five months into the film's midnight run when lines began to be yelled by the audience. The first person to yell out an audience participation line during a screening was Louis Farese Jr., a normally quiet teacher who, upon seeing the character Janet place a newspaper over her head to protect herself from rain, yelled, "Buy an umbrella you cheap bitch". This self-proclaimed "counter point dialogue" was soon helped into standardization by Piro and repeated nearly verbatim at each screening. By that Halloween, people were attending in costume and talking back to the screen. By the end of 1979, there were twice-weekly showings at over 230 theatres.    

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Links to Rocky Horror on the net 
and histories at the end!

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vinyl LP, side 1 label detail
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vinyl LP, side 2
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vinyl LP, side 2 label detail
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vinyl LP, side 3
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Side 1 Begins With A Welcome By Sal Piro And Ends With "The Time Warp"

Side 2 Begins With "Sweet Transvestite" And Ends With "Charles Atlas Reprise"

Side 3 Begins With The Bedroom Scenes And Ends With "Planet Schamanet"

Side 4 Begins With "The Floor Show" And Ends With "Science Fiction Double Feature Reprise"             


Arranged By [Music] –
Richard Hartley   
Engineer – Denis Dragon
Performer [Music] –
Richard O'Brien 
Producer – Howard Franck
Producer [Music] –
Richard Hartley       
Written By [Music] –
Richard O'Brien    


Vocalists (Cast):   
Tim Curry (Frank N Furter)
Susan Sarandon (Janet Weiss)
Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors)
Richard O'Brien (Riff Raff)
Patricia Quinn (Magenta)
Nell Campbell (Columbia)
Jonathan Adams (Dr. Everett Scott)
Peter Hinwood (Rocky)
Meatloaf (Eddie)
Charles Gray (Narrator) 


The Rocky Horror Picture Show (The Original Audience Par-Tic-I-Pation Album)    

Label: Ode Records (2) ‎– 1032
Format: 2 × vinyl LP   
Country: US
Released: 1983
Genre: Non-Music, Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack, Dialogue, Comedy

Links to Rocky Horror on the net: 
Susan Sarandon on her 70th birthday           
Official Fan Site       
         (Tips for first-timers) A Virgin's Guide     
              How to do the Time Warp
              Rocky Horror Etiquette
mortaljourney.com ~ Audience Participation Script     
Director Lou Adler Interview           
The Spectrum ~ Rocky by the light of the night     
Rocky Horror Picture Show ~ live on TV?         
Live in New York City
UC Theatre 10/31/16‎             
Images for Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror Picture Show on YouTube:           
            Time Warp     
            Sweet Transvestite     
History of Halloween
Halloween Videos, Facts, Origin & Meaning     
Here's to ya, Louis Farese, Jr.!

Styrous® ~ Halloween, Monday, October 31, 2016   

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