Vampyros Lesbos: Sexadelic Dance Party, Crippled Dick Hot Wax’s compilation of groovy German soundtracks for Jess Franco’s kinky late-’60s films, was an underground hit in 1996. With the release of Schoolgirl Report & Other Music From Sexy German Films (1968- 1972), the label makes the case that European soft-core had a beat style all its own. Like those of Vampyros, Schoolgirl’s liner notes tell the fascinating tale of a hidden corner of film history. Schulmädchen-Report, which set the standard for many films that followed, wasn’t a little-seen low-budget exploitation film—it was a hugely popular low-budget exploitation film (7 million Germans saw it in 1970!), made by experienced pros, including director Ernst Hofbauer and Czech-born composer Gert Wilden. The first Report film (Virgin Report, Housewife Report, Au Pair Report, etc., expanded on the Schoolgirl franchise) was “loosely based” on scientific studies and purported to educate the stiff German public on the sexual liberation of the teenage generation. The graphic sex scenes captured the public imagination, however, and despite the durability of the Report moniker, the sociological justification was soon abandoned. Wilden’s music is appropriately playful but always rigorously executed; “Follow Me”‘s acid-guitar freakouts fall alongside precision horn blasts. Elsewhere, the score is strangely soothing, as in “Soul Guitar.” Throughout, the emphasis is on fun, especially in the series theme used for all 13 Schoolgirl pictures. Though not as vivid as Vampyros, Schoolgirl Report is sure to be welcome in the CD changer at anyone’s sexadelic listening party. —John Dugan