HOT CORN Radio: The Exotic World of Les Baxter

The father of Exotica, the father of Space Age Pop, the standard for horror and sci fi movie scores…

“I want to be innovative,” he told once. “Perhaps I was the most innovative person in our business, I don’t know.” Orchestra leader Les Baxter has been called the father of exotica and, more generally, of mood music. His music was a tremendous influence on his fellow Hollywood music-makers, he composed soundtrack for 200 movies and today he has a motion picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6314 Hollywood Blvd. Les was one of America’s most influential, innovative and unique composers of of the 20th century. He is the father of Exotica, Space-Age Bachelor Music, and his experimental and innovative film scores set the standards for the genres of horror, sci-fi, westerns, and teen-age beach movies. So go ahead, take a walk on the wild side with Baxters 1963 opus The Soul of The Drums:

  • And this one is Pennies From Heaven, from Voices in Rhythm:

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