Neal Hefti

Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad

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Neal Hefti's score to the pitch-black film satire Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad perfectly complements the imagination and wit of his landmark Batman soundtrack, further establishing his reputation as a comedic composer nonpareil. A series of cleverly mordant riffs on contemporary pop trends spanning from bossa nova to surf, Oh Dad employs big-band brass, shrieking organ, and heavily reverbed guitar licks to evoke the film's tongue-in-cheek examination of necrophilia and Freudian obsession. From the otherworldly "Heaven" to the macabre "Spooky Coffins," Hefti exhibits an uncommon mastery of composition and mood, proving that music need not rely on cheap gimmicks and forced frivolity to make listeners laugh.