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Our Ten Favorite Sexy, Swinging Porno Soundtracks (NSFW)

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It was a night of porn like no other.

Before relocating to Arizona I did a night shift at KUNC, a public radio station in Fairbanks, Alaska. Broadcasts occasionally adopted a theme and one show was devoted to '70s soundtracks. My friend Nathan, who has the most eclectic taste in music, frequently joined me at the station. For this theme show he brought some special recordings.

"I've got a nice collection of porn," he said --or something to this nature-- opening his shoulder bag to reveal a deep stack of vintage porno soundtracks. As the warm sounds of porn filled the airwaves on a cold winter night, Alaska's citizens were none the wiser.

Would they have come pounding on the studio door to drag off into the night had they realized it was the theme to Deep Throat they were snuggling to by the fireside? We didn't hide the fact of what we were playing, but let's just say it wasn't overly advertised either.

As track after track spun, Nathan and I both agreed that modern porn soundtracks just don't stand up to the golden era of porn, the 1970s. Back then, the music was part of the movie, a compliment to the action, something that helped set the pace and give rise to what was happening around (and to) the actors. This old school porn music fit precisely in the era with strings, vibes and horns and tasty groove, and didn't try to circumvent it or be something it wasn't. Think about it: Imagine the chase scene in Bullitt with Steve McQueen racing his Mach 1 through San Francisco if it was set to some repetitive poppy number made with synthesizers and tacky guitar leads? It wouldn't have worked. Instead, musical scores were racy and added to the tension--pushed the pulse higher. Vintage porn soundtracks did the same thing.

That's not to say any porn soundtrack is the equivalent of anything from Lalo Schifrin, the composer of the Bullitt soundtrack and hundreds of others, but at least there was an effort to make porn music seem legit and quantifiable. Take away the movie and much of this music was still good to spin at a party.

Our Ten Favorite Sexy, Swinging Porno Soundtracks (NSFW)

Today's porn soundtracks just seem to be lacking. Considering almost every kink is covered by the porn industry, one would figure that the music would be creative: industrial metal for bondage flicks, girl pop for lesbian scenes (or riot grrrls rock for lesbian bondage). Instead, we find frighteningly smooth jazz that makes Kenny G sound like Coltrane,'80s new wave synths, badder than bad rock, horrific metal, and lifeless pop that demands the sound be lowered. Even the porn scores made in 2006 by Eddie Van Halen--yes, that Eddie Van Halen--fall prey to cliché kitsch. In fact, one song seems better suited for something on AMC, while the other track is no better than one of those tedious scenes when the actors pretend to develop a storyline before the sex begins. It's where everyone hits the fast forward button.

(This also brings up the question of whether porn should have soundtracks. Given the, uh, vocal nature of the actors, shouldn't that be sufficient? Well, let's leave that for another column.)

Getting back to the heyday of the porn soundtrack, there are quite a few good ones out there. Many have been reissued on CD; some remain vinyl rarities, but put one on at a party and see if the room gets all hot and steamy. Probably it won't, but some foot tapping or break dancing just might ensure.

Here's a list of 10 vintage porn soundtracks and compilations that would be a fine addition to any music collection. And, you never know, but they just might help you score.

 

Deep Throat (1972)

The classic and perhaps best known porno movie gets down with some swollen grooves and chilling horn-laced instrumentals, as well as a few vocal tracks overflowing with cheesy lyrics like "Deeper and deeper my love grows."

Debbie Does Dallas (1978)

We're not talking Texas blues or southern rock here. Instead, actress Bambi Woods struts does Dallas to a firm dose of wah-wah funk and blaxplotation-like vibes.

The Devil in Miss Jones (1973)

This soundtrack does not feature the Billy Paul classic "Me and Misses Jones," but instead moves from soulful to funky to tasty kitsch, and features the classic theme, "I'm Comin' Home", sung by Linda November

Lialeh (1974)

Even the best jazz musicians got sucked into making porn music in the 1970s. Heavyweight drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdue lays out some heavy soul-jazz vibes with some deep New Orleans rhythmic penetration. A great jazz album doing double duty as a racy score.

Pornosonic, Unreleased Porn Music of the 1970s

Complied by pornstar Ron Jeremy, some believe these tracks are newer recordings made to sound vintage. Either way, the cuts on these orgasmic discs (there are two volumes) have plenty of soul and sex appeal and include the sultry "Spiderpussy," plus "Cramming for College," Dick Dagger's Theme," "Peach Fuzz" and "Her Magic Carpet," among others.

 

Our Ten Favorite Sexy, Swinging Porno Soundtracks (NSFW)

Black Emanuelle's Groove This disc, composed by Nice Fidenco and culled from dozens of Emanuelle films, is a mix of exotica, percussion, classic '70s mood music, early synthesizers, string sections and gilded horns over a variety of melodies fast and slow.

Kokotsu/Ecstasy (1970)

Original released in 1970 by Masami Kawahara & The Exotic Sounds, this Japanese soundtrack to a light bondage movie actually has spicy Latin-inspired themes and "its erotic presence flutters across a multitude of erogenous non-verbal modes--moaning and uttered shrieks of ecstatic pleasure," according to the liner notes. What could be better?

Inside Deep Note

Another compilation focusing on films full of wah-wah funk (one can only image what was happening on screen). As an added bonus there's some pretty raw dialogue between tracks. Featured songs (there are 20) include: "Pimp Fight," "Slip It In," "Sex on the Beach" (sounds gritty), and "Hebrew National Salami." Films include A Thousand and One Knights, How's My Little Girl, Manimal, and Soul Sister. Deep Throat: A Tribute to Blue Movies

If ones leaning is more toward classical music, this soundtrack by the New York Synpornia Orchestra covers all the bases with sprite interpretations of songs from films such as Big John Holmes, Behind Convent Walls, Deep Inside Mary Millington, Sensations, and a few of the above mentioned films.

A scene from Behind the Green Door (1972)
A scene from Behind the Green Door (1972)

Sex-O-Rama

This blatant compilation (there are two volumes) mixes things up with a mix of song styles including exotica, funk and light jazz, from films including I Like To Watch, Eruption, Behind the Green Door, Seka's Fantasies, and others.

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