Steal the Night from the movie Bloodsport

Steal the Night from the movie Bloodsport


Michael Bishop and MGM / UA are seeking a record label to release a soundtrack cd to follow the dvd release of "Bloodsport" by Warner Home Video. Michael has been approved to executive produce the soundtrack, which would include for the first time the fan favorite, "Steal The Night".


Michael Bishop’s professional career began as a singer on his mother’s television program at the age of 5. Michael was regularly performing, piano, guitar and singing, with his older brother Harold, also an artist, by the age of 10. Five years later as The Second Time, they won a battle of the bands titled The Pepsi Boss Battle for KHJ Radio/TV LA. Subsequently, in 1966, the Bishop brothers signed recording contracts with Mike Curb’s Sidewalk Productions and management contracts with Robert Fitzpatrick of Stigwood/Fitzpatrick (BeeGees, Cream, etc.).
Michael’s first movie was with his brother, arranging and performing Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil’s songs for the cult classic film “Wild in the Streets” in 1967. During seven years with Sidewalk Productions, the Bishops credits included numerous TV shows, tours, recordings and other projects, and built a relationship with Apple Records/London in 1969. Next Michael and his brother signed to 20th Century Fox in 1971 as artists and writers with Pat and Lolly Vegas (Redbone) producing. There they released two singles as The Street Boys on DiscAZ in Paris, Johnny Halliday’s label. In 1973 the Bishop brothers went to Motown/Jobete Music (a particular victory since they were white and Michael a mere 22 years old), where The Supremes recorded Michael’s song “Loveline.” Michael then began writing and recording with artists Hunt and Tony Sales of Todd Rundgren, Iggy Pop and David Bowie groups; along with Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar of the Beach Boys, The Ruttles, Bonnie Raitt and The Rolling Stones.
Michael began a small indy label called Radius Records in the mid-seventies. While actively contributing to the live music scene in the “pre-punk dark ages,” on his own Radius Records label, Bishop released various singles and EPs through Rhino Records, Tower Records, Music Plus, and Licorice Pizza. The notorious “Red Light” EP with the tracks “B of A” and “Slaughter in Suburbia” sold its entire pressing. Bishop also produced an hour-long radio show, “Radius Records Hour” for the LA radio stations KROQ and KNAC, just in time for the punk rock invasion in 1977. The live interview and recorded music format featured acts such as Talking Heads, The Damned, Ramones, and many more. Renowned journalist John Mendelsohn, who broke the London punk rock story for Jan Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine, renamed Bishop as John Q. Public. For years Bishop performed as west coast punk rock artist John Q. Public, and although he now performs as Michael Bishop, he continues to receive recognition as John Q. Around the time Michael became John Q. Public, he began an association with Warren Cann of the influential British group, UltraVox. Looking for new horizons, the two began scoring for the then emerging Home Video market. Bishop and Cann composed and produced music for the first Playmate Home Videos. Michael composed the “Playmate Calendar Theme” still used today.
In 1984 Michael received his first composing assignment with “Morning Terror,” a feature film for Skip Steloff and Heritage Films. Continuing as a feature film composer, Michael produced a wide variety of music for Cannon Films, MGM/UA, Full Moon Entertainment, Ashok Ametraj and others, including titles such as “Bloodsport,” “Deathwish IV,” “Shy People,” “Prehysteria I, II ,and III,” “Last Call,” and “Parker’s Picture,” directed by Peter Shore of The Comedy Store Shores.
Bishop went on to produce the release of “Made in USA,” a Hemdale picture (music by Sonic Youth) for Harold Bronson and Rhino Entertainment. Michael then started Classified Films with his brother Raymond Bishop and Emmy and Tony award winning actor, Scott Jacoby. As Classified, they have produced and directed their first feature documentary “RAGE: 20 Years of Punk Rock, West Coast Style,” released on DVD/VHS worldwide through MVD in 2002.
Inspired by the film, Michael produced a soundtrack CD collection of music by various artists in the film, including original music written and performed for the soundtrack. Along with recordings by Jack Grisham of TSOL, the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, Gitane Demone (formerly of Christian Death), Michael wrote and performed the original track “Therapy.” The soundtrack “RAGE: 20 Years of Punk Rock, West Coast Style” was released through Restless/Ryko Records in 2003. In addition, Michael is in the process of cataloguing his vast collection of original music recordings, which include performances with Blondie Chapman (currently touring with the Rolling Stones), Brian Ray (currently touring with Paul McCartney), Tony and Hunt Sales, Ricky Fataar (Bonnie Raitt, the Ruttles), and other stellar musicians.


Michael Bishop (Composer - filmography)

Shy People
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
American Ninja 2: The Confrontation
Street Smart
52 Pick-Up
Raging Angels
Prehysteria! 2
Prehysteria! 3
Last Call
Survival Game
Three Kinds of Heat
Duet for One
Morning Terror(aka Time Troopers)
Parkers Picture
A Night At Magic Castle
Heroin: The Addict
Cocaine: The Addict
Head Of The Family
Survival Game

Composed, Produced, and Performed the annual “Playboy Calander” theme for the playmate video centerfolds 1985 to 2005.

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This will be a special and long-awaited soundtrack for cult fans and new audiences and generations that discover “Bloodsport” every year on HBO and cable all over the world.