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Dead Solid Perfect

Music by Tangerine Dream

- Soundtrack, released 1991 -


CD release UK 1991
Layout: Stephen Pettman
Photo: Alan Leverson

Download release 2012



Recording date1988
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Paul Haslinger, Ralf Wadephul
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Paul Haslinger, Ralf Wadephul


Having scored the movies Heartbreakers and Tonight's The Night before, in 1988 TD composed the music for a third film of director Bobby Roth -- Dead Solid Perfect, starring Randy Quaid. Three more movies should follow in the early '90s: L'Affaire Wallraff, Rainbow Drive (both 1990) and The Switch (1993).


Liner notes of the UK 1991 soundtrack album

I'd done two films with TD prior to Dead Solid Perfect and I've done two more since. I chose them for a 'Dan Jenkins' working-class comedy about golf precisely because of how strange it seemed.

I tried both American blues and country and western songs with the rough cut but both seemed too much in keeping with the existing images. Neither lifted the film to a new place or transformed it with counterpoint. Choosing a German band known for electronic music seemed bizarre to the film's producers, but when they heard the score they loved it as I did. It made golf more interesting and let people who were adverse to the game see it with new eyes. Ask any hard and fast golfer about the film and they'll say the music is perfect (though it's certainly not music one would associate with the game under traditional circumstances). Ironically, of the five films I've done with Tangerine Dream, [...] the score for Dead Solid Perfect probably did the most for the movie.

Bobby Roth


Apparently, the soundtrack album was prepared without cooperation of Tangerine Dream, a common approach of the record company releasing this album. Thus, unlike most other TD soundtracks, it features a large number of short musical sketches instead of longer compositions especially provided by TD for a soundtrack album release.


The booklet contains no information regarding time and place of recording and the band members involved. Given the style of the music and the release date of the movie (late 1988) it can be assumed that the material was composed during summer 1988, after recording Optical Race, probably even during the North America tour of that year, by the then current short time line-up consisting of Edgar Froese, Paul Haslinger and Ralf Wadephul. This theory is supported by the fact that the motif of Theme From 'Dead Solid Perfect' reappears in the composition Food For The Gods (from the album Blue Dawn, 2006) that is credited to Ralf Wadephul.


More information about this movie is available at The Internet Movie Database.




In November 2012 the album was made available for download by BSX Records. Apparently there was no according re-release on CD, though.


1991: Silva Screen
CD: SIL 5079-2; identical to UK version
1991: Silva Screen
CD: FILMCD 079; identical to German version
1991: Silva Screen
2012: BSX
Dead Solid Perfect was also released as part of the set Catch Me If You Can / Dead Solid Perfect.

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