I recently posted the songs from my feature film Over-the-Rhine, mentioning that creating music for my movies is a way of pursuing “my other love.” Over-the-Rhine is a heavy drama, so those songs are serious, emotional accompaniments to the story.
OK, shift gears, because…
The songs from my new feature film Notzilla, an absurdly silly spoof of old monster movies, are patently ridiculous.
And proud of it!
The three songs featured in Notzilla were actually written for the end credits. Because the movie is set in 1962, I decided to accompany the credits with a typical day of AM radio in the early 60s, just as the giant monster Notzilla is becoming a national craze. The first of these, introduced by an obnoxiously loud DJ named Charlie “the Big Cheese” Cheeseman, is from Bobby Bleach (a character in the film) and his group Bobby and The Bleachboys, “Kentucky’s number one surf band!”
Well, I didn’t own no records
and I never seen a movie.
My Grandpa said, I love you, son,
but, dude, you sure ain’t groovy,
Stop drivin’ that ol’ tractor, boy,
and parkin’ it at school.
It definitely factors
into why you’re so uncool,
catch a fin and go dino surfin’ with me!
(Groovy, groovy, groovy, groovy—Wow! Notzilla!)
Your groove begins when you’re dino surfin’, you’ll see!
(Groovy, groovy, groovy, groovy—Pow! Notzilla!)
Once you ride a dino tail
you’ll soon be hangin’ ten.
Every move’s so fine, oh, boy,
you’ll wonder where you’ve been
all your life!
Once a dino moves
he’s a combustible machine,
especially if he’s had
a lotta beer and ate some beans,
This recording was produced and sung by Steve Goers, the composer of Notzilla’s brilliantly over-the-top score!