HORROR666 The Circus of Horrors
The Circus of Horrors
This is the original cast recording of the Circus Of Horrors stage show that toured the UK in October 2000.
Set in the Victorian era while Jack The Ripper was about, the show revolves around an American sideshow that happened to be in London of the time. It is a pretty spectacular night’s theatre. But what of the soundtrack?
The main selling points are the ‘special guests’. Bizarrely, these are none other than Arthur Brown, Slade guitar hero Dave Hill, Elvis impersonator, the King, and Dani Filth of Cradle Of Filth.
It’s perfect, really, the way it’s all worked out. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to early 70’s freak-out king Arthur Brown and his Crazy World of campy hellfire rock, well, here he is, in a British rock opera about a sinister travelling carnival. “Circus of Horrors” -sort of a cross between “Rocky Horror” and The Jim Rose Circus- has had a long standing theatrical run in the UK, and this is the soundtrack album. The songs are performed by theatrical shock-prog band Haze and the X Factor, and there’s a few guest stars popping in along the way- although you might have to be British to know who The King (not Elvis) and Dave Hill are, the aforementioned Arthur Brown and black metal superstar Dani Filth both join in the freakshow. The music is 70’s derived heavy glam, somewhere between Silverhead and the Alice Cooper band, a sound already familiar to fans of the equally glitter rock operatic “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. There’s plenty of creepy calliope interludes, symphonic washes, and tongue in cheek drama laced throughout, as well. Arthur himself reads the prologue and epilogue with convincing Vincent Price pomp, and of course, his perennial “Fire” in flamboyant, pyrotechnical tradition. It’s all exceedingly strange, and I’m sure it makes more sense if you can see the sword swallowers, bearded ladies and evil carnies as the story rolls on, but taken just as a collection of dizzy retro-glitter songs, it’s a gas.
1. Prelude – Arthur Brown
2. Welcome To The Freak Show – Haze vs. The X Factor
3. Thought You Were In Heaven – Haze vs. The X Factor
4. Double Trouble – Haze vs. The X Factor
5. Secrets Part 1 – Haze vs. The X Factor
6. The Gemini – Haze vs. The X Factor
7. Look What You’ve Done – Haze vs. The X Factor
8. Death Of A Wasp – Haze vs. The X Factor
9. Hey Boy, Hey Boney – Haze vs. The X Factor
10. The Only Sure Thing – Haze vs. The X Factor
11. The Destiny & Desire Zygote – Haze vs. The X Factor
12. The Samurai – Haze vs. The X Factor
13. Tubular Bells – Haze vs. The X Factor
14. The Monster Mash – Haze vs. The X Factor
15. Secrets Part 2 – Haze vs. The X Factor
16. Just So Psycho – Haze vs. The X Factor
17. Judgment Day – Haze vs. The X Factor
18. Fire / Fire With Fire – Haze vs. The X Factor
19. Epilogue – Arthur Brown