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B-Sides: Scanners Go Mind to Mind in The New OrderWith Shout! Factory releasing Scanners II: The New Order and Scanners III: The Takeover in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack this week, I can think of no better time to bust out a real B-Sides gem that has toiled in obscurity for far too long: “Mind to Mind.”

Christian Duguay’s Scanners II: The New Order may not have been as mind-blowing as David Cronenberg’s 1981 original, but by the low standards of direct-to-video movies circa 1991, it was above average. The sequel starred David Hewlett and Deborah Raffin and took the premise into more comic book, b-movie territory as a veterinarian just coming into his mental powers is thrust into a telekinetic conspiracy involving a power-hungry police commissioner using Scanners’ mind-reading/mind-controlling/brain-exploding powers to completely take over the city.

During the closing credits you’ll hear a song titled “Mind to Mind” that’s almost too good to be gracing the end credits of a direct-to-video movie. This song easily could have charted in the mid to late Eighties, assuming it had been released a few years earlier or, for that matter, at all. Has this song ever been released in any format aside from the closing credits of this film?

“Mind to Mind” was written by Aldo Nova and Marty Simon and performed by Alan Jordan. A pretty damn good AOR track from its era, if you ask me.

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