Boomkat Product Review:
Coil member Stephen Thrower’s super sought-after score for gay porno Trouser Bar lands on vinyl in wake of the film’s long overdue release, backed with three works taken from his soundtracks to Peter De Rome short films, Fragments  and Peter De Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn .
As the story goes, in 1976 Peter De Rome was sent a screenplay by a friend who may or may not be named Wakefield Poole, the same who directed Boys In The Sand , which is considered the first ever cross-over gay porn flick. Fast forward to 2007, and De Rome mentions the unmade screenplay in an interview with David McGillivray. In 2014 De Rome, who couldn’t be persuaded to make the film, dies. The project is picked up by McGillivray, who casts Julian Clarey among others, as well as requesting a soundtrack from renowned cineaste Stephen Thrower.
Set in 1976, Thrower played to the sceenplay with 20 minutes of disco indebted to Donna Summer, Chic and Cerrone, contained on the A-side of this pressing. As you might expect from someone who was in Coil, and writing for a gay porn film, the results aren’t exactly boring, as Thrower injects some wicked FX, singing synths and tempo changes into the mix for a sound as close to amyl-fuelled NYC disco as Berlin school synth music.
Meanwhile, the B-side tracks are smokier, downbeat and more porous to Thrower and De Rome’s broad listening tastes, opening with the stylish jazzy sleaze of Fire Island Kids Pt.1i, taking in the creamy psychedelia of Encounter, and closing with the flaring synth brass of Fire Island Kids Pt.2.