“Trick or Treat” is album number 4 but for me it will always be known as the soundtrack for the “Trick or Treat” movie and my first exposure to Fastway.
It was released in November 1986, a month after the movie and it would be the final album to feature Dave King on vocals. While the previous album “Waiting On The Roar” did not have a guitar riff written by Fast Eddie Clarke, this album is credited as all songs written by Fastway and there are riffs to be heard.
Fastway is Dave King on lead vocals, “Fast” Eddie Clarke on rhythm guitar/lead guitar, Shane Carroll on second guitar, Paul Reid on bass guitar and Alan Connor on drums.
These guys appear on tracks 1 to 7. The song “Heft”(track 8) is from the debut album and bass is played by Mick Feat and drums by Jerry Shirley. “If You Could See” (track 9) is from the “All Fired Up” album, with bass being played by Charlie McCraken and drums by Jerry Shirley.
The flick had WC wry controversial story in it that was related to blues, rock and metal and it fed on the Satanic Panic sweep wing across the Bible Belt of the U.S.
There is a rock star by the name of Sammi Curr, who sold his soul to the devil to rock and roll ala Robert Johnson.
Curr dies in a hotel fire, but is resurrected by a fan of his playing the last vinyl recording of Curr’s music backwards. The vinyl record was given to him by a DJ called Nuke, played by Gene Simmons.
The fan has been bullied at school and suddenly he is no longer bullied as the reincarnated Curr has some “Final Destination” punishment in mind for the bullies. But like all things, when it comes to your heroes and power, power corrupts and by the end of the movie, the Curr has turned against his fans and it allowed the script writers to come up with these kind of sentences.
Hysterical Survivor: [crying] Oh, God, it was–it was awful! I mean, this guy was shooting stuff out of his guitar and it was–and people were running and I don’t–and my very best friend she was…
Cop #1: All right, all right. What did the suspect look like?
Hysterical Survivor: I told you. It was Sammi.
Cop #1: Who is Sammi?
Cop #2: Sammi Curr? The rock singer?
Hysterical Survivor: [still crying] Yes. Yes.
Cop #2: Sammi Curr died last week.
Cop #1: [both cops turn away from the still-sobbing girl] Looks like we better check out the party punch.
And of course the punching bag for all of the evangelists at the time, Ozzy Osbourne makes a guest appearance as Reverend Aaron Gilstom. This would have infuriated all of those people taking him to court, for supposably having backward messages of “shoot” in “Suicide Solution” and the script was written for Ozzy to smacks down those evangelists.
Reverend Aaron Gilstom: (in response to Heavy Metal music)
Whatever happened to the good old simple love song?
“I love you.”
There good words to use. Nowadays they have to write some sickness. It’s just absolutely sick and bizarre, and I’m going to do my upmost best to try and stop it now.
Go get em Reverend. And now to the album.
“Trick or Treat”
Three chords and tom hits like a metronome. I was immediately invested. It’s a perfect amalgamation of NWOBHM and Hard Rock.
I really like the section, in the verse, as it moves between Em and D for a few bars, and then moves to a C chord and a D chord which acts as a Pre Chorus.
Those intro chords come back in, just before “Fast” Eddie breaks out some licks.
It’s like Angus and Malcolm Young joined the band and wrote a derivative version of “You Shook Me All Night Long”.
And I like it.
“Don’t Stop the Fight”
This was my favourite cut when it came out.
The palm muted intro and build up always got me pumped. It still does today.
It reminds me of “Wild Child” from WASP, which is bizarre as Blackie Lawless did get offered the part to play Sammi Curr, but rejected it when he was told he couldn’t write the soundtrack music as Fastway was already contracted to do so.
Another head banging intro with a killer vocal melody.
How can you not like it?
Press play to hear the bass groove and lead break. The sound of the toms before it comes out of the solo, always makes me laugh. Corny, but a product of the times and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Lyrically, it’s an anthem, with the message to stand up and be counted.
“Tear Down the Walls”
After sound effects, it goes into a brief song, with the gang chants to “tear down the walls”. It fitted the movie scene nicely.
It kicks off side 2.
After some heavily flanged and distorted guitars, that sounded spooky, for lack of a better word, the song kicks in and the message is all about standing up for yourself, because you’ve had enough of the crap that’s been thrown at you.
“Hold on to the Night”
A “Radar Love” like drum groove starts it off and it continues throughout the whole song, while the riffs and melodies change.
Originally released on the album “Fastway”.
I like the heaviness of the intro/verse riff.
From a modern sound, its something that Tool would do, however it also reminds me of tracks like “Mississippi Queen” and “Evie” and it fits the theme of the album perfectly.
“If You Could See”
Originally released on the album “All Fired Up” and how catchy is that acoustic guitar in the Intro?
The album did okay business in Australian and the movie was popular as well. It was hard to get a rental copy of it from the local video shops. As soon as I rented it, I had my neighbours video over and the dubbing began.
For me, there is no filler on this. It’s all killer. Classic NWOBHM with hard rock polish added to it.
Crank it, play it backwards whatever.