SCOTT JOHNSON John Somebody (1986) & Patty Hearst (Soundtrack) (1988)

John Somebody (1986)
Patty Hearst (Soundtrack) (1988)
Weird Science

If you haven’t heard Scott Johnson’s debut album, John Somebody, you’re in for a treat. Primarily a guitarist, but also a varied composer often lumped into the avant garde for lack of a better category, Johnson took snippets of conversation, isolated and looped them to create melodic effects, then composed around them. The multi-layering effect Johnson gets with his guitars is reminiscent of Mike Oldfield’s over-overdubbed sound on Tubular Bells, but the conceptual approach is all his own. The All Music Guide states that John Somebody is much more than some cerebral exercise; the music is fun, infectious and darned near danceable.” Johnson’s follow-up, the film soundtrack to Patty Hearst, is unusual too, but this time for its convention. While challenging in its own right as a score, it’s perhaps telling that Johnson doesn’t fall back on John Somebody‘s devices (though he hints at them). Instead, Patty Hearst finds Johnson in composer mode, already moving in a different direction from his more conceptual debut. Both of these albums went out of print in the 80s/90s on the Nonesuch label, but have since been re-issued by John Zorn’s Tzadik label. John Somebody‘s cover was updated, while the CD reissue contains an additional 13 minutes of music. John Somebody and Patty Hearst are at Amazon.

John Somebody
John Somebody: Part 1 (5:20)
John Somebody: Part 2 (8:23)
John Somebody: Part 3- Involuntary Songs (11:48)
John Somebody: Reprise (2:16)
No Memory (11:22)

Patty Hearst
Mom Dad (5:02)
Closet (9:28)
Cinque’s Vision (2:34)
Young Once (3:38)
My Real Crime (2:37)
Motel TV (2:26)
Rest Home (2:39)
Pistol/Rope (1:49)
Persistence Of Vision (3:19)
Pen Chorale (1:38)
Dad Mom (1:00)
Blindfold (4:14)


  • Capt. Willard
    November 2, 2010 - 18:16 | Permalink

    Get it HERE.

  • March 29, 2012 - 17:43 | Permalink

    Loved the Patty H soundtrack (have it on CD, but this saves me from having to rip it!)
    “Mom, Dad” was actually sort of a “hit” on alternative radio. Probably because it was creepy.
    It was definitely one of the more interesting things floating around at that time!
    I always wished he would do a record with Firehose, since they had a great one out with Elliot Sharp around the same time

  • zappahead
    October 21, 2013 - 09:12 | Permalink

    Read the write up Willard….and that got me interested…..listened to the sound-bite and it hit me straight away…..excellent stuff…very unusual…thany you once again.

  • Willard
    October 21, 2013 - 09:17 | Permalink

    Thanks zappahead.

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