Wil Malone
Wil Malone
Wil has been composing and arranging music for over four decades. Initially, he was a member of the UK psych combo Orange Bicycle who had a number of singles on Columbia and Parlophone between 1967 & 1971 and an eponymous album in 1970. Since that time he has been responsible for some of the most sublime string & brass arrangements to come out of the UK. The strings on Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Sympathy” were his work (of which he is particularly proud) as was The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” (with a little help from Andrew Oldham!). He has also worked with artists as diverse as Depeche Mode, U.N.K.L.E., Black Sabbath, Gomez, Shack, Kylie Minogue and The Spice Girls.

“Death Line” the movie was released in the UK in 1972 and was directed by Gary Sherman. It starred Donald Pleasance and Christopher Lee and is an eerie horror story set in the London Underground.

The plot goes something like this:

Several people mysteriously disappear whilst in the Underground at night and Donald Pleasance is a somewhat bizarre Chief Inspector in charge of the investigation. It turns out that whilst the Tube was being constructed in the 19th century, several engineers were apparently buried alive when a tunnel collapsed. However, it would appear that some have managed to survive & reproduce living as troglodytes and surviving on human flesh. Hence the disappearances. Unusually, the creatures generate some pathos despite their home of gore and are ultimately not outwitted by the 20th century establishment represented by the police. The phrase “Mind The Doors” will never sound the same to the viewer again after watching this gruesome spectacle.

Wil wanted to create a truly horrible soundtrack and with his amalgamation of groovy rhythm & blues with fantastic squelching synths he has managed just that. The theme tune is one for the floor and no mistake. There’s an unauthorised (ie. nothing to do with Spinney) version with beats about to hit the streets any day now.

This soundtrack has never been previously released.