Gurus: Shelley in Camp (1968)

 |   |  <1 min read

Gurus: Shelley in Camp (1968)

The '68 film Wild in the Streets had a helluva cast: mad Shelley Winters as a hippie convert then chewing up the scenery, Hal Holbrook as a shrewd politico seething as only Hal could do; Richard Pryor, Ed Begley . . .

Crazy story too: through the machinations of political manipulators a nation turns itself on its head and vote in a president who is a young rock singer who then legislates to put anyone over 30 into concentration camps and feed them LSD. 

It was a classic exploitation film of the hippie/activist/rock era (it pushed all the buttons of youth revolution, assassination, big government, acid and so on) and one of the songs from the soundtrack -- Shape of Things to Come by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill -- actually made the US top 30.

But this little piece -- when Winters is in a re-education camp on acid -- is just a period-piece of guitars and sitars performed by some anonymous Hollywood studio musicians.

Much more of it and you'd be climbing the barbed wire too.

Here just as an excuse to show you the shorts in the clip below. 

For more oddities, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory check the massive back-catalogue at From the Vaults.

.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Lil Johnson and Black Bob: Press my Button, Ring My Bell (1932)

Lil Johnson and Black Bob: Press my Button, Ring My Bell (1932)

When Anita Ward scored a big disco hit with Ring My Bell in '79, the saucy yet somewhat lyrically bland song was in a long tradition of "ring my bell" metaphors in popular music. As... > Read more

The Chequers: Ask for Reggae (1973)

The Chequers: Ask for Reggae (1973)

The Chequers were a fairly minor league reggae outfit who quite quickly moved away from the template and into what some have called on-line "dodgy disco" (which is a little unfair, it was... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Singapore: Drinking with an angel

Singapore: Drinking with an angel

It's always a pleasure — and sometimes even necessary given the humidity — to just plonk down in one of those cheap street-corner eateries in Singapore and take in the passing parade... > Read more

MARIANNE DISSARD INTERVIEWED (2009): The Tucson chanteuse

MARIANNE DISSARD INTERVIEWED (2009): The Tucson chanteuse

Marianne Dissard is a woman whose music confounds expectations, yet there is an impeccable logic to it: she is French but lives in Tucson, so there is an almost inevitable marriage of chanson and... > Read more