It's no secret that Arnold Schwarzenegger, the onetime Mr. Universe, former California governor, and action hero has found himself in the ultimate life pickle. A failed marriage and 10-year-old love child with a family maid are straining at the image that we all had of the gentle actor and (sometime) conservative politician.
Amongst all this we found Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Body Workout, on Rdio. It's a workout album from 1983 featuring earnest coaching from Arnie dubbed on top of hits from Eddie Money, Journey, and Blue Oyster Cult among other hit-makers from the era.
And yes, it's weird as hell, and we can't stop listening. What is this now, our fourth spin?
Growing up, Arnold was one of our favorite actors, because of ridiculous films like Twins, Raw Deal and Predator. But by far, Rocks Off's favorite Arnold flick is Last Action Hero. We saw it in the summer of 1993 and we ended up buying most of the toys from the movie, plus the soundtrack featuring Aerosmith, AC/DC, and Alice In Chains.
We somehow remember this Total Body Workout being in the family vinyl collection, but we don't know where the copy could be now. Before we were born, our pops was a competitive bodybuilder and pretty much idolized Arnold's health regimen and weight-lighting skills. The movies were just an added bonus.
Here is the album in its entirety. Listen for how Arnold lets "Don't Stop Believin'" come in at just the right time, for dramatic effect. Epic.
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.