Wednesday, May 28, 2008

They Live (20th Anniversary Edition) by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth to be released by Ahi Records and Buysoundtrax

They Live (20th Anniversary Edition) by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth to be released by Ahi Records and Buysoundtrax
Yet another new release announcement from BUYSOUNDTRAX with AHI RECORDS. This time we have the soundtrack from the cult-classic, THEY LIVE by master of the macabre, JOHN CARPENTER AND ALAN HOWARTH.




The first 100 copies will be autographed by Co-Composer Alan Howarth

You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they're people just like you. You're wrong. Dead wrong.

(May 28th, 2008, Los Angeles, CA) AHI Records, to be distributed by BUYSOUNDTRAX Records, will be releasing a special 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of THEY LIVE. The soundtrack features music composed & performed by John Carpenter (HALLOWEEN, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK) and Alan Howarth (THE LOST EMPIRE, HEADLESS) for the 1988 cult science fiction film written and directed by John Carpenter, from the short story “Eight O’Clock In The Morning” by Ray Nelson, starring Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, Peter Jason, Raymond St. Jacques and the great George ‘Buck’ Flower.

Twenty years later, THEY LIVE continues to engage old fans of the film and gather up new fans with its potent combination of science fiction, action along with biting political and social commentary. THEY LIVE tells the story of John Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, who comes to Los Angeles in 1988 looking for work. What he finds instead is the ultimate conspiracy as he puts on a special pair of sunglasses and begins to see the world as it really is. Aliens have infiltrated every level of our society and are controlling us with subliminal messages while they quietly rob us of our world’s precious resources. Taken lightly at the time of its release, THEY LIVE seems to have become more apocryphal as the years go by, especially in light of the world’s current political climate.

Alan Howarth, in addition to being a composer, is an accomplished sound designer and editor, having worked on films such as STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, POLTERGEIST, TOTAL RECALL, ARMY OF DARKNESS, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, STARGATE and many others. He has been a frequent music collaborator with John Carpenter on his films beginning with ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK in 1980 and including HALLOWEEN II, CHRISTINE, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and PRINCE OF DARKNESS and Alan has scored many films on his own, including THE LOST EMPIRE, RETRIBUTION, HALLOWEEN 4 & 5, THE DENTIST and, most recently, HEADLESS and BOO!, for the SCI-FI Channel.

THEY LIVE was released on compact disc at the time of the film’s release by Enigma Records and contained around thirty minutes of music. To this day, despite having been out of print for several years, THEY LIVE continues to fetch high prices in the collector’s market. AHI Records, to be distributed by BUYSOUNDTRAX Records, presents a new 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition release of THEY LIVE, which includes the contents of the original album release, newly remastered, along with sixteen tracks of previously unreleased music as bonus tracks, nearly 75 minutes of music. The booklet contains notes written by the composer himself.

This is a limited edition release of 1000 units. The first 100 copies will be autographed by composer Alan Howarth. For fans of THEY LIVE, the time has come again to kick ass and chew bubblegum.

Bubblegum not included with purchase.


01 Prologue Broadcast 01:49
02 Coming To L.A. 04:00
03 A Message 02:37
04 The Siege Of Justiceville 05:38
05 Return To Church 01:24
06 All Out Of Bubble Gum 02:38
07 Back To The Street 02:22
08 Kidnapped 03:29
09 Transient Hotel 02:15
10 Underground 03:20
11 Wake Up 03:24

12 Chew Bubble Gum And Kick Ass 00:19
13 Sunglasses On 02:47
14 Back Alley 02:36
15 Transport Station 02:16
16 Tunnel 02:04
17 Holly's Hill 02:39
18 Roll Away 01:16
19 Get Me Out 01:50
20 Portal 01:37
21 Out The Window / L.A. Blues 02:47
22 All Out Of Bubble Gum (film) 03:43
23 TV Signal 03:18
24 Underground (film Verison) 07:04
25 Commercial Break 00:43
26 Car Commercial 00:20
27 Press On Nails 00:47
28 The Cheese Dip* 00:35
29 THEY LIVE Main Theme 03:33

* - Dialogue From Film

THEY LIVE is available for pre-orders at and will be available on JUNE 9th, 2008.

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