Episode 14

Published on:

26th Jul 2021

The Return of the Living Dead (1985) w/ JM Brandt, writer of Swamp Dogs: House of Crows

We cover our first horror soundtrack this week with JM Brandt, writer of the upcoming horror comic, Swamp Dogs: House of Crows (Scout/Black Caravan), which comes out in ashcan form this week! We talk about the 1985 Dan O'Bannon horror comedy, The Return of the Living Dead and its very punk, but sometimes not punk soundtrack, which features artists such as The Cramps, TSOL, Roky Erikson, and SSQ. We also chat about how the music fits within the film, Dan O'Bannon's underrated screenwriting career, and how the movie takes places on JM Brandt's and my birthday, which also happens to be shared by a very famous celebrity. 

Look out for the official release of Swamp Dogs: House of Crows Issue #1 in mid-October!

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Soundtrack Your Life
A podcast about soundtracks and why they're important to us.
Twice a month, Ryan Pak takes a look at a soundtrack. Whether it be a song, a band, or a connection to a specific scene, he discusses personal connections to the soundtrack, either with a guest and/or co-hosts, Brandice Wilson and Nicole Barlow. Each month, one episode is with Ryan, Brandice and Nicole, and one episode is with a guest.

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Ryan Pak

Ryan has a degree in Film Studies, and he’s a musician. So, Soundtrack Your Life is the perfect intersection of his two main passions. Plus, he’s an avid music fan—hunting down rare songs from his favorite bands has familiarized him with many obscure soundtracks over the years. It's been so gratifying for him to hear fellow film and music enthusiasts share their stories of why they love soundtracks!