I'm not a big fan of musicals, like, since I was a kid, which is why I never liked anything having to do with Hair. Ugh...that damn movie and soundtrack was a constant Sunday afternoon feature...in North Carolina, the land of little theater and even LESS hippie hope. Anyway, last week, for a quarter...even with my deep-seated vitriol, I picked up a copy of the Hair soundtrack. This time with grown-up and open-minded ears I listened the whole way through, but only "Aquarius," made it worth my time... except for the slap bass, I kinda like this version.
The rest of the movie's soundtrack can still suck my balls. Seriously, it's about as POP as you can get without being exploitative. I know the writers of Hair, for all its success, weren't from the street, they weren't part of the underground! However, just as it did when I was a kid, it reminded me of '60s/'70s church choirs attempts to "get out there," so to me it (still) sounds pandering. Sure, the "revolution" of the time was kinda the point to Hair...in 1968, but by 1978 I'm not sure why the movie adaptation was popular. Perhaps the folks who came of age in the '60s could somehow sorta, reconnect to their roots via the dancing hippes...perhaps? Either way it sure made me hate 'em.
Also: I'm deeply sorry for any of y'all who, in high school choir/vocal ensemble, had to sing/perform ANYTHING from Hair. Oof.