Just like I said on the Italian Job post, a big part of the 90’s was looking back at the swinging 60’s and pillaging the more off beat cool artefacts. Records like this that could be found in the record and tape exchanges from back in the era when this was all new.
Vampyros Lesbos from 1969 was given the remaster and re-release treatment in the middle of the 1990’s. The VHS was considered a kitsch classic from an almost forgotten part of the counter culture. It remained a terrible film full of nudity and bad acting that now looked intentionally camp and ‘Austin Powersy’ when it was once cutting edge fashion and art.
The Soundtrack album released for the first time as a CD on the other hand was a roaring success. Repackaged as ‘Vampyros Lesbos: Sexadelic Dance Party’ every cool DJ with a penchant for chill out and retro indie had to have a copy. It was The Lions And The Cucumber which got the obligatory 90’s dance remix treatment and was played in basement clubs to mock mods and girls in vintage upcycled polyester dresses.
But I was always rather taken with the sitar driven take on The Rolling Stones (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. Cheekily retitled to avoid having to pay anyone their due, this fondue set of an instrumental cover version has become a firm favourite late night party tune for cover version obsessives like myself.
Just don’t watch the film unless you’re a sucker for punishment.