“Chained to Your Heart”: Cycle Soothes the Savage Beast

The soundtrack album to 1969’s notorious biker film, Cycle Savages (starring Bruce Dern) remained out-of-print until reissued on CD in 2012.  This album contains rare cuts by cult psych bands Orphan Egg and The Boston Tea Party – with the latter contributing standout track, “Chained to Your Heart”:

Cycle Savages LP

“They’re the ungrateful, the uninhibited, the undisciplined and the never-challenged!  Their power – the grinding roar of their cycles and the stench of burning rubber in their wake as this breed of savages journeys from area to area searching for trouble – their cry is  ‘rev-up-and-ride’ — in short, it’s their warning to beware!  This wild group of the 70’s is known around the country as the CYCLE SAVAGES.  They steal women, initiate them into their pack, and then sell them on the black market of crime.

“What does the ‘chopper,’ as it is often referred to, represent to this segment of today’s youth?  Is it merely an inexpensive mode of transportation, or is it a means to some sort of common identity?  The motorcycle is a symbol of individuality, independence and freedom.  Jerry Styner’s original musical score, composed specially for Cycle Savages, genuinely expresses the feeling behind the story – the uncertainty of today’s youth in their search for identity, power and an unknown future.”

Soundtrack album executive producers:  Mike Curb & Casey Kasem.

Released 1970 on American International Records.

“Last Wave of the Day”: Lights Out for Surf?

Along with “Hit the Surf” by the Sea Shells (see previous post), “Last Wave of the Day” by The Riptides – from the Mondo Hollywood soundtrack album – is another late surf-era track from 1967 that begs the question:  who recorded the last original era surf tune and when?

Important to note that, by this point in the band’s history, the bassist had left the group – and yet this in no way deterred The Riptides from submitting a bass-less recording for the film’s soundtrack.  Years later, however, The Riptides would admit on their Burbank, California high school website that, without bottom end, the song “suffered as a result.”

Mondo Hollywood

For Mike Curb, Music & Politics Do Mix

The same person who wrote “Last Wave of the Day” – Mike Curb – had also started his first record label, Sidewalk Records, in 1963 when he was only eighteen.  Curb would go on to run MGM’s record division and later, prompted in part by Ronald Reagan, successfully run for Lt. Governor of California in 1978 and serve under Governor Jerry Brown (essentially as Acting Governor when Brown made his run in 1979-80 for the Presidency).

Mondo LP