Music Tuesday, February 9th

From Jungle Book to Dirty Harry: Herefordshire promoters pick their favourite film soundtracks

Music Tuesday, February 9th

From Jungle Book to Dirty Harry: Herefordshire promoters pick their favourite film soundtracks

Since this article was written this event has been cancelled because of poor ticket sales. This was due to have taken place on February 27 at Lyde Court. Those that have purchased tickets are promised refunds. For more information email


With Herefordshire's Wild Hare Club hosting The Incredibly Strange Film Band at Lyde Court later this month, we asked founder Richard Page and DJ Jus Jay, who will be spinning tracks from the box labelled OST, to reveal their favourite soundtracks. 

Richard's picks

The Jungle Book: “You never forget the first time do you? My first trip to the cinema aged four was to see this. I loved it until the end when Mowgli left his animal chums to take up with a girl. It’s a great film unlike so much later Disney output and the songs are key set pieces. Local musicians Blakes 3 used to do a great swinging rendition of I Wanna Be Like You."


The Man With No Name Trilogy – A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: “Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns were key films in my early adolescence and a lot of their power is due to their atmospheric soundtracks composed by Ennio Morricone. The whistling, the percussion, the stirring chords whacked out of a Fender, a massed chorus and trumpets all make for high drama. There’s a band of Australians who perform this music live – I’d love to have them for the Wild Hare Club one day.” 

Lisbon Story/ Ainda Madreus: “The films of director Wim Wenders are important in the story of Mr and Mrs Hare as our first movie was Paris, Texas and this was followed Wings of Desire. In fact, there’s an unwritten rule that I am not allowed to go to the cinema with anyone else, but am allowed to watch movies when travelling by plane. But I digress, didn’t see Lisbon Story until later and am truly grateful for discovering Portuguese folk group Madredeus and the haunting voice of Teresa Salgueiro. This also taught me the meaning of suadade.”

The Harder They Come: “I have a couple of copies of this LP and, providing you’ve got some hooch and the means to play it, it’s all you really need to have for an instant party and dancing around the kitchen table. Well, that’s the case in our house anyway. Jimmy Cliff! The Maytals !! Desmond Dekker!!! Back in the day the film was staple of Brixton Ritzy where I received much of my cinematic education.”

Duke of Burgundy: “Heck, I better think of something a bit more modern. This film directed by Peter Strickland was shown at last year’s Borderlines and is the kind of arthouse film that I like enjoy more than my better half does. As well as some gorgeous cinematography and its other worldliness, I fell in love immediately with the lush, dreamy soundtrack by Cats Eyes – the group formed by Rachel Zeffiri and Faris Badwan from The Horrors. The film might not warrant repeated viewings but I thoroughly recommend the soundtrack album which is one you could well grow to love.”

DJ Jus Jay’s picks

The Ipcress File: "Cold war brainwashing thriller with gourmet spy Harry Palmer. Some striking espionage jazz from John Barry with memorable cimbalom playing by John Leach. Check his seventies theme to Ask the Family!"

Lizard in a Women’s Skin: "A psychedelic murder mystery composed by The Maestro, Ennio Morricone. A disorientating score including fuzzy funk, eerie organs and ethereal vocals by regular collaborator Edda Dell’Orso."

 Kes: "Ken Loach’s gritty northern tale of Billy and his kestrel. A sensitive pastoral score from John Cameron featuring some of the great Brit jazz players including Harold McNair’s tender flute playing."

Dirty Harry: "Soundtracked by Lalo Schifrin. Distorted bass, fat drums and haunting vocals in one of Callahan’s first outings. The unhinged villain Scorpio’s cues containing building percussive beats and metallic groans up the suspense. Row, row, row your boat!" 

Under the Skin: "Scarlet Johnansson as white van driving predatorwho shops at Glaswegian shopping centres and then drowns her victims in inky blackness... Mica Levi's soundtrack uses a three note viola motif to menacing effect throughout. Frantic strings and machine drones all creating an alien and unsettling soundtrack. A favourite sci-fi/ horror of a past Borderlines Film Festival."


The Incredibly Strange Film Band will be live at Lyde Court, near Hereford, on Saturday, February 27. The one-off show, organised by Richard's Wild Hare Club, will help launch Borderlines Film Festival 2016.

The band, which formed in 1993 but rarely performs, will be taking to the stage with an impressive eleven-piece line-up including horn section, playing memorable film and TV themes cherry-picked from the 1960s to the present day.

A pacey set of tunes from writers and composers including Henry Mancini, John Barry, Laurie Johnson and Quincy Jones are expected, along with a Marilyn Monroe impersonator making a guest appearance.

Tickets are £25 from the Courtyard box office on 01432 340555. There's more info on our What's On pages.

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