On this episode, we talk about the 1980 slasher classic, New Year's Evil, with Bobby Asea, bassist for Made In Japan. New Year's Evil is fairly amazing, because it's pretty nasty in terms of tone, but it also manages to be a really punk rock kind of film. It's thanks in no small part to the fact that two L.A. area bands, Shadow and Made In Japan, perform during the film's New Year's Eve TV special, which is the setting for the terrorization of the evidently famous Blaze. It's pretty atrocious, but the performances are cool as hell, with Made In Japan's power-pop being especially good.
The band was coaxed out of the woodwork a few years back by the folks at Chicago's Hozac Records, who released two songs from the band's heyday on 7-inch, making this the first time Made In Japan's music has ever been readily available. An announced soundtrack for New Year's Evil never materialized, despite statements in the closing credits of the film, as well as promotional singles sent to radio stations.
Shadow, "New Year's Evil"
Made In Japan, "The Cooler"
Made In Japan, "Instant Hit"
Made In Japan, "Dumb Blondes"
Made In Japan, "You Never Had It So Good"
Made In Japan, "Hey Roxy"