Bill Wyman’s Phenomena ‘Valley’ soundtrack and videos

Bill Wyman isn’t just famed for being the former bass player with the Rolling Stones, accomplished photographer, and founder of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. He’s also created soundtracks to movies, such as Phenomena.

Bill was responsible along with Terry Taylor for the haunting soundtrack to the Italian movie Phenomena, which debuted in 1985, and was later released in the US under the title Creepers. It starred Jennifer Connelly, and its soundtrack featured artists such as Iron Maiden and Motorhead, as well as music by Bill and Terry.

We’ve rummaged through the archives, and you can see the opening scene and hear Bill’s soundtrack Valley here:

The soundtrack has been featured in Lost Sounds & Soundtracks, which gives more details about the music behind the movie. According to the site:

Dario Argento is no stranger to vivid soundtracks (an old co-worker had to turn off Suspiria because it was, in his words, “too loud!”), but former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman and his long-time musical collaborator Terry Taylor delivered one of the most effective cues for any Argento film with their track “Valley”, composed for 1985’s oft-overlooked grim fairy tale, Phenomena (a.k.a. Creepers). That’s a pretty high honor when you’re in the company of a soundtrack catalog that includes compositions by progressive rock fiends Goblin and the maestro of Italian film music himself, Ennio Morricone…even more impressive for a subdued cue that leads off a soundtrack dominated by heavy metal tracks.

During the film’s opening scene, “Valley” wastes no time establishing the mood and the doom of Phenomena’s introductory victim as its cascading lead synth “horn” evokes a chilling alpine loneliness amidst great spaces and a melancholy, hunted vulnerability. Bill Wyman seems committed to match the piece’s level of creepiness with his performance in an accompanying though unlikely music video/making-of-doc crafted by Phenomena’s first assistant director, Michele Soavi.

You can see a wonderful video of Bill and the making of the movie, along with the Valley soundtrack here:

 

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  1. Excellent movie, btw. Two more tracks by Bill & Terry are also featured in another Dario Argento film: “Opera”. And of course there’s the magnificent orchestral music Bill composed for “Digital (Day)Dreams”. All these tracks together would make for an essential CD companion release to the already available (and wonderful) soundtrack album for “Green Ice”.
    (Let’s keep our fingers crossed)

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