Heavy Metal

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16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Sammy Hagar - Heavy Metal 3:49 64,900
2 Riggs - Heartbeat 3:48 4,611
3 Devo - Working in the Coal Mine 2:49 23,944
4 Blue Öyster Cult - Veteran of the Psychic Wars 4:48 43,506
5 Cheap Trick - Reach Out 3:36 5,644
6 Don Felder - Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride) 4:56 10,615
7 Donald Fagen - True Companion 5:09 5,894
8 Nazareth - Crazy (A Suitable Case for Treatment) 2:15 5,133
9 Riggs - Radar Rider 2:42 5,206
10 Journey - Open Arms 3:16 258,669
11 Grand Funk Railroad - Queen Bee 3:12 8,518
12 Cheap Trick - I Must Be Dreamin' 5:40 4,082
13 Black Sabbath - The Mob Rules 3:13 104,188
14 Don Felder - All of You 4:18 4,567
15 Trust - Prefabricated 2:51 3,822
16 Stevie Nicks - Blue Lamp 3:46 9,738

About this album

The soundtrack was released on LP in 1981, but for legal reasons, was not released on CD until 1995. The album peaked at number 12 on the Billboard chart in 1981. Blue Öyster Cult wrote and recorded a song called “Vengeance (The Pact)” for the movie. However, the producers declined to use the song because the song’s lyrics provided a capsulized summary of the “Taarna” vignette. “Veteran of the Psychic Wars” was used instead. Both songs can be found on Blue Oyster Cult’s Fire of Unknown Origin album. Though used in the film, the songs “Through Being Cool” by Devo & “E5150” by Black Sabbath were not included in the released soundtrack album. These songs are on New Traditionalists and Mob Rules, respectively.
The legal difficulties surrounding the movie maker’s use of some of the songs in the movie delayed its release to video. Apparently, the production company’s use of the songs was limited to the theatrical release and soundtracks alone, and didn’t extend to the video release of the film. Rights negotiations took over 15 years to resolve, and the official home video release didn’t debut until 1996.

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  • novis

    Hot diggity. I just found this soundtrack second hand for a euro. :)

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • Bubleg


    14 May 2013 Reply
  • Irlandese64

    Saw this film in the summer before my senior year in HS, fell into instant obsession with the soundtrack. Still an excellent listen 31 years later.

    15 Dec 2012 Reply
  • WiJoCo

    They should've put the track order in the same order the songs appeared in the movie: Radar Rider/Veteran of the Psychic Wars/True Companion/Blue Lamp/Open Arms/Heartbeat/Reach Out/Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride)/Queen Bee/I Must Be Dreamin'/Crazy (a Suitable Case for Treatment)/All of You/Prefabricated/Heavy Metal/E5150/The Mob Rules/Through Being Cool/Workin' in the Coal Mine

    22 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ScottPierson

    Awesome movie and soundtrack!

    14 Jul 2011 Reply
  • kylede2011


    19 Dec 2010 Reply
  • youreamuffin

    Amazing!! <3

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • bgranli

    The soundtrack rocks and the movie is fun to watch. South Park episode Major Boobage is a must see for all fans.

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • WiJoCo

    "Stupid asshole...Nobody touches Harry Canyon unless I want 'em to."

    23 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Lex_Berg

    best soundtracks ever !

    6 Jan 2010 Reply
  • evicerated

    Does anyone know the lyrics for Trust - "Prefabricated" version on Heavy Metal?? Not the French version as it doesn't even translate over. I can't find them anywhere and the band must dislike US fans as I got a rude response for asking.

    9 Aug 2009 Reply

    <3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    13 Jul 2009 Reply
  • bebopitrocket

    Reach Out has to be Cheap Trick's best yet most seldom heard track.

    24 Jun 2009 Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    Ouaouh ! Trust sur la B.O.F. Metal Hurlant, ça le fait, bien même ! ! !

    13 Jan 2009 Reply
  • leefee1966

    timeless!fu@/ing awesome!

    4 Nov 2008 Reply
  • branleur

    This rocks completely. yeah.

    15 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Gethric

    "one of the greatest soundtracks of all time." agreed

    27 Aug 2008 Reply
  • mcc1200


    16 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Anusiakowa

    I got familiar with this soundtrack thanks to South Park and I think it's great, especially takin' a ride ;)

    3 Jun 2008 Reply
  • iKamer

    Movie and the South Park episode rocks

    30 Mar 2008 Reply
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