The master sleuths at Dark Entries bring us Forbidden Overture, another tantalizing mystery from the hidden depths of sleaze. It all began years ago when Bijou Videos Jules Zinn introduced the label to the soundtracks of the pornographic films of legendary filmmaker Steve Scott and gay superstar Al Parker. It wasnt until The Magazines Bob Mainardi gifted a cassette copy of the soundtrack to the film TURNED ONa bathhouse fantasy from 1982that the wheels started turning. The steamy, hypnotic sounds were credited only to Forbidden Overture
but who was that? This question remained unanswered for some time, and countless hours of research, Venn diagramming, and elaborate flow charts all proved fruitless. The soundtrack to TURNED ON consists of two epic side-long pieces, both of which employ classic Man Parrish production techniques. Primal Overture slinks along with brooding pads and ominous chords, building and oozing throughout its 27 minute runtime like a sultrier Goblin soundtrack. Strictly Forbidden takes a similar groove to a major key, but its optimistic chirp conceals a wry, mysterious wink. Says director Steve Scott: It took us about two weeks to find the right piece for the jockstrap scene. But it's like anything elseyou know when its right.
Also included is a 20 page booklet featuring photos, archival material, a pull-out poster, and interviews with Steve Scott and stars Al Parker and Scott Taylor. TURNED ON is an exciting musical rediscovery as well as a vital document of queer history.