This album is a love letter to Richard O'Brien and the immortal monster he created. It's well known that the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a cultural phenomenon. To some it's a rite of passage. To others it's a curiosity that will be braved once. Then there are those that find it a way of life. A weekly event where they can go and be accepted by a surrogate family (for some their only refuge in a world that doesn't understand) welcoming them with open arms. Whatever group these people fall in, no one can deny that it is a major part of popular culture. No culture finds this more apparent then the Dark Alternative scene. Just about everyone either goes to “Rocky” as part of their weekend ritual or is a part of a shadowcast.
I was introduced to “Rocky” in the safety of my home at a transitional age. It at once fascinated me and made me feel things not yet introduced into my life. From the amazing music, the wonderful characters, to the bizarre world in that mansion, I sat glued to my television over multiple viewings. I found it to be a brilliant piece of film-making. The message of “Don't Dream It, Be It” is one that I still hold dear to this day. I kept from seeing it at a midnight screening for years because I didn't want people shouting and poking fun at this masterpiece. When I finally went, I discovered a whole new dimension to the “Rocky Horror” universe. It's because of that experience I realized this film works on many levels. It resonates with people from all walks of life.
After discovering how expansive the appeal was, I began to wonder if it was such an affluent presence in the Dark Alternative scene, why has no one done dark versions of these songs? Then I started to get intrigued by the possibilities. What would “Rocky” sound like filtered through this genre of people that it inspired in various aspects? The answer is this album . A collection of songs that range from campy to tender wrapped in a shroud of darkness. While nothing can compare to what Richard had wrought , this collection transports the tunes into a different realm. A realm that I hope you enjoy visiting. The artists involved gave their all to make this tribute worthy of the master. We want you to know this album is full of love, passion, and respect. Richard is a true visionary that has created something larger than all of us. Thank you for your gift. And now enjoy our gift to you, the “Gothy Horror Picture Show”!
The Mansion Family