THERE ARE NOT many films that can boast an Italian-Japanese-American pedigree. In fact, right off the top of my head I can think of only one: The Green Slime, a 1969 sci-fi monster mash that pits humanity against a horde of one-eyed, rubbery monsters in outer space. It was directed by legendary Japanese filmmaker Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale), and when I saw it in a theater with my dad, at the tender age of 7, I thought it was the greatest movie ever made.
But if the film itself has an interesting pedigree, its bombastic theme song is a story unto itself. It was written by Sherry Gaden, who composed songs for the classic 1974 animated version of Oliver Twist; it was produced, arranged, and conducted by surf rock pioneer Richard Delvy (a.k.a. Richard Delvecchio); and sung by Frank Zappa vocalist Rick Lancelot, who also provided vocals for the popular ’70s kid show The Banana Splits! And though I can’t confirm this, the guy playing theremin on this record is supposedly the same fellow who played it on the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.”
That’s a mouthful, I know, but so is this song—a transformative slice of psychedelic garage rock that will get into your head and stay there. Don’t be ashamed to sing it wherever you go.
Now turn up the volume, and enjoy!