“He sold his soul for rock n’roll.”

In 1974, the acclaimed filmmaker Brian DePalma created Phantom of the Paradise, a campy rock opera that has earned true cult status over the 40 years since its release.

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PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE “fan art” by cartoonist Derek Charm. Reproduced with permission – CLICK TO ENLARGE.

Invoking not one but three classic horror tales — The Phantom of the Opera, Faust, and The Picture of Dorian Gray (plus Beauty and the Beast) — this satire of the music industry’s dark side is less well known but inspiring of a passionate fan response reminiscent of its likewise glittery kin, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Its composer, Paul Wiliams [who also starred in the movie], has in fact already been the subject of an earlier tribute on KCSB’s “The Freak Power Ticket.”)

Anticipating this summer’s cast and crew reunion in Los Angeles (July 30th at the Arclight Hollywood) and an anniversary Blu-ray release in August, the next broadcast of the hourlong music-and-cultural-arts program (Monday, June 9th) will honor DePalma, Williams (“Swan”), and fellow cast members Jessica Harper (“Phoenix”), Gerrit Graham (“Beef”), the late William Finley (“Winslow Leach,” the “Phantom”), and all those who contributed to such cinematic greatness.

This special radio salute will feature an “alternative soundtrack” of original songs, covers, select works illustrating the film’s influence, trailers, dialogue samples, and commentary.


“The Freak Power Ticket” (with producer/host Ted Coe) airs on Mondays in the spring from 11am-12noon PDT.