Sometimes it just takes a great mind! Denise Pearson, lead singer of ‘80s British pop sensations 5 Star, obviously had an instinct that the inhabitants of such post-apocalyptic horrors as Aliens, Creepozoids and Hardware might have had a better chance of surviving with just one thing – a dance break. This video for System Addict, one of the band’s most popular numbers, brightly and enthusiastically works that theory out to vibrant effect.
Decades later, lucky (and loyal) listeners know that Denise is still brightening dark and desolate landscapes with appearances in musicals and on concert stages across the world.
While the glorious (and extremely classy) Vikki Carr’s exploitation credits are limited – she provided the singing voice for Cyd Charisse in the 60s spy caper Matt Helm and makes an appearance on the soundtrack for Point of No Return, the American remake of La Femme Nikita – she definitely nails the gritty essence of such anti-heroes as The Evil Dead’s Ash, Hardware’s Moses and Demon Knight’s Brayker with her take on Kris Kristofferson’s cigarette stained Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down.
Captured on her sophisticated Nashville By Carr, her version even earned the respect of the legendary Johnny Cash:
The perfect coda for a survivor’s despair, Carr’s subtly dramatic take would fit perfectly playing over the end titles of many a weary splatter fest.
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!