Recently I ran into a musical called ‘The Phantom of the Paradise’. Truly a musical-opera. It was made in 1974 by Brain de Palma, and was overshadowed by “the Rocky Horror Picture show” I had absolutely no hopes for the movie, but as it progressed I heard some great music going on. And that paradise-owner was played by Paul Williams. Now where did I hear that name before? That’s right: he was the composer of the carpenters’ “we’ve only just begun”, and more important to me: all the songs in the muppet movie. Remember Kermit singing “the rainbow connection”?
***takes a very deep bow to Paul Williams ***
here’s the opening-track from the Phantom of the Paradise, sung by the Juicy Fruits: