Starlight Children’s Chorus: E.T., I Love You & Other Extra-Terrestrial Songs For Children
With all the spin-off merchandise that comes with the success of a major motion picture, there’s bound to be some schlocky knockoff, and this is one of the weirdest ones I’ve ever seen. The title song, “E.T., I Love You“, one of two listenable and entertaining tracks on this record, was actually written by Buckner & Garcia (of “Pac-Man Fever” fame). After contacting Mr. Garcia to track down their version, I found out they had no knowledge of the existence of this record, or the cover of their song, cementing it as a serious grey-area copycat.
The other stand out track is an upbeat dancey number called “So Near And Yet So Far“, with a surprisingly catchy chorus that could easily find a place on my next mix tape. The remainder of the songs are completely forgettable and totally not worth your time, unless perhaps, you’re 10 years old and in love with an alien.
I don’t believe for a second that there are any real-life children involved in the Starlight Children’s Chorus. The vocals all sound like they’re sung by a female trying to sound like a young boy, and some of the vocalizations are suspiciously mature sounding to have been sung by a kid. Many of the lyrics have an almost creepy/obsessed/romantic tone to them, like a desperate, psychotic ex- wishing to be alone on a deserted island with you, forever. The album as a whole has the vibe of something done with it’s heart in the right place, but with execution wide of the mark. I don’t think I can ever watch E.T. again without feeling kind of creeped out on some level because of this record. Bad touch.