John Thomas

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An entertaining series of compilations entitled Sex-O-Rama: Music from Classic Adult Films, of which by 1998 two volumes had been released, credits a performer by the name of John Thomas. If liner notes…
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An entertaining series of compilations entitled Sex-O-Rama: Music from Classic Adult Films, of which by 1998 two volumes had been released, credits a performer by the name of John Thomas. If liner notes are to be believed, he blows the sax on one volume, the trombone on the other. First of all, however, nothing to do with credits in porno films is to be believed, the industry having even inspired a clever game for children where they get to invent their "porno star name." There may not be a single instance of a musician actually using a real name when concocting a porno soundtrack; guitarist Mike Bloomfield certainly didn't. Neither did one known writer, who utilized the aliases of Gull Jangles and Alexander Sherwood on sex flick soundtracks for directors such as Charles Pinion, whose name is itself an alias.

Compounding the nonsense in this particular case is the fact that the name John Thomas itself has developed into a euphemism for the penis, a development that is probably not greatly pleasing to the dozens of performers who actually bear this name for real. Whoever it is playing the corny music collected on these compilations is certainly not part of the latter group. The Sex-O-Rama affair is also not the only time the name John Thomas has been used as a joke in credits, the tradition having continued with the hip-hop generations.