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Forgotten Soundtracks

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:16 am
by St. Alphonzo
I've begun the fairly lengthy process of archiving all of my vinyl into MP3s. As I've been wading through endless late '70s - early '80s K-tel and Ronco compliations, out-of-print O.M.D. albums and Bob & Doug McKenzie (thinking of you BB), I've also discovered some fucking great soundtracks to movies I'd completely forgotten about. Here are two to get things started:

"Absolute Beginners" - a relentlessly mediocre Julien Temple musical, but the soundtrack, listened to out of context with the movie, is simply incredible! Two great tracks from Bowie, a lost Ray Davies tune, and a performance from Patsy Kensit ("Having It All") that is like musical viagra. Sade has a pretty sweet jazz tune ("Killer Blow") as well.

"Streets of Fire" - Each side of this album begins with a song by Fire, Inc, as written by Jim Steniman (channeling Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell"). But the real jem in here is "I Can Dream About You" by Dan Hartman, which is quite possibly the greatest pop tune of the '80s. Add in a classic Fixx number ("Deeper And Deeper"), and the image of a young and unbelievably hot Diane Lane lipsyncing to several of the tunes, and we have an outstanding piece of vinyl. Is this thing on CD?

What other soundtracks need to be rediscovered?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:27 am
by Agent Alonzo
Flash Gordon soundtrack... Flash... A HA... He saved every one of us...

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:31 am
by St. Alphonzo
Goddamn right! A truly underrated Queen contribution. Their soundtrack to "Highlander" is great too.

And "Iron Eagle":
"Just gimme, gimme, gimme fried chicken!"

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:39 am
by Man-in-the-Box
Iron Eagle, damn I love that one. I used to have the soundtrack for Pump Up the Volume on cassette. Say Anything is another one I'd like to get again.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:43 am
by St. Alphonzo
Yes! I forgot about "Pump Up The Volume". Concrete Blonde doing "Everybody Knows", Ivan Neville with "Why Can't I Fall In Love". "Look Dad, I'm In Jail" was in the movie, but I can't remember if it was in the soundtrack. A pre-fame Soundgarden had a tune on there too, I think.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:54 am
by Man-in-the-Box
You're right. There were a few songs on the movie that weren't on the soundtrack. I need to pick that up again. For fun eighties tunes Grosse Pointe Blank had two cool soundtracks. Faith No More We Care A Lot. Violent Femmes, etc. etc.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:14 am
by Quint
Two Words: Tangerine Dream

Their score to LEGEND is awesome.

Another '80s fantasy STs I like... Neverending Story (with the super cheesy '80s opening credits song and great score afterwards). Great stuff there... the swamps of eternal sadness fucked my shit up when I was a kid...

ARTAX! NOOOO!!!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:20 am
by Agent Alonzo
The Neverending Story, Limal (spelling?), lead singer of one hit wonders Kajagoogoo, goes solo and is a one hit wonder with The Neverending Story...
Thus making him a double one hit wonderer...

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:39 am
by Man-in-the-Box
The Twin Peaks soundtrack was pretty good. Put that on whilst pitching woo, it was better than Colt 45
"Works every time"

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:41 am
by wonkabar
Angel Heart is nice and airy

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:45 am
by Man-in-the-Box
I was a child of the seventies and eighties, so I was required to own Top Gun, and I got extra doofus points for owning two Miami Vice soundtracks.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:56 am
by wonkabar
I don't care what anybody says, "Dance into the Fire" by DD rules!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 4:01 am
by Man-in-the-Box
Was that from A View to a Kill?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 4:11 am
by wonkabar
Yeah. To this day I still issue those words as a challenge to people. Like if a buddy is being a puss, I say, "C'mon, dance into the fire bro." Or if I'm putting the hurt down on a video-game I'll taunt, "DANCE INTO THE FIRE BITCH!" Or if somebody's starting shit at a bar I step up with, "You wanna dance into the fire mother-fucker?"

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 4:42 am
by Man-in-the-Box
Brilliant. I may just steal that.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 4:43 am
by wonkabar
Man-in-the-Box wrote:I was a child of the seventies and eighties, so I was required to own Top Gun, and I got extra doofus points for owning two Miami Vice soundtracks.

Miami-Vice soundtrack is the shit. I rank it right up there with Saturday Night Fever. You bet your ass you get points.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 4:44 am
by Man-in-the-Box
It would be even better if you brought an MP3 player everywhere you went. Just as you issue the threat turn it on. It would be like your own personal action adventure soundtrack.
Yeah. To this day I still issue those words as a challenge to people. Like if a buddy is being a puss, I say, "C'mon, dance into the fire bro." Or if I'm putting the hurt down on a video-game I'll taunt, "DANCE INTO THE FIRE BITCH!" Or if somebody's starting shit at a bar I step up with, "You wanna dance into the fire mother-fucker?"

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 4:48 am
by wonkabar
For some reason I could see Ben Stiller or Will Farrel saying it in a movie.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 4:55 am
by wonkabar
Image

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 5:15 am
by Man-in-the-Box
wonkabar wrote:For some reason I could see Ben Stiller or Will Farrel saying it in a movie.

I could definately see Ben Stiller saying it. I could see Jon Stewart using that as well.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 5:20 am
by Agent Alonzo
Didn't Simon LeBon get lost on a boat once? Or did I dream that...

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 5:26 am
by Man-in-the-Box

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 5:30 am
by Agent Alonzo
I saw that... Taking a personal photographer with him. Classic...

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 5:31 am
by Man-in-the-Box
Lost Boys had a soundtrack.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 5:40 am
by wonkabar
Say hello to the night

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 5:46 am
by Man-in-the-Box
I haven't heard it, but my brother used to really like the soundtrack to To Live and Die in L.A.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 6:00 am
by wonkabar
There is a pretty cool INXS song on the LB soundtrack. I think Marty is gonna win btw

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 6:28 am
by ThisIsTheGirl
Quint wrote:Two Words: Tangerine Dream

Their score to LEGEND is awesome.


I believe they also wrote the theme to Streethawk, which was also excellent!

I really like Stewart Copeland's soundtrack to Rumblefish - almost no lyrics, I like that. The soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy is pretty damn good - I love Rizzo's paradise fantasy music.

I don't know if the 70s TV show Monkey Magic was popular in the US, but the theme tune to that show is one of the greatest disco tunes of all time, in my opinion.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 10:27 am
by DinoDeLaurentiis
Donna you forget about a the Breakfast Club, eh? Simple Minds owes a the everything to a the success of a that movie...

EDIT: Did a you see what I did there? hehehe....

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 11:55 am
by St. Alphonzo
Weird Science had a pretty good soundtrack too. Oingo Boingo, Killing Joke ("Eighties"). Wasn't "Tenderness" by General Public in that one?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:03 pm
by Tyrone_Shoelaces
Pretty much in general Hughes movies had good soundtracks.

How many points do I get for having both Miami Vice soundtracks on cassette?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:18 pm
by St. Alphonzo
I have the first Miami Vice soundtrack on beautiful vinyl. So we both get points!

And I used to wear loafers with no socks.

I guess I should have saved that one for the Confessional thread.

Damn.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:38 pm
by Brocktune
St. Alphonzo wrote:Weird Science had a pretty good soundtrack too. Oingo Boingo

dude,
Forbidden Zone
Danny Elfman's best score to date.
you cant touch oingo boingos crown as kings of the 80's movie soundtrack. but they never did top this one!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:50 pm
by so sorry
i got two:
from the 80s: the movie was Birdy (matthew modine i think) and the soundtrack was done by Peter Gabriel. its all instrumental, and its all taken from his hits, but its awesome (if you like Gabriel).
from the 90s: Singles. captured the seattle scene almost perfectly (no nirvana, though). the movie actually had Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam (as Citizen Dick), Soundgarden etc.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 2:56 pm
by Lord Voldemoo
so sorry wrote:from the 90s: Singles. captured the seattle scene almost perfectly (no nirvana, though). the movie actually had Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam (as Citizen Dick), Soundgarden etc.


YES! I still love the Singles soundtrack. What a great time to be a Seattleite. Seattle's had some great music over the years, but it's never been the focus of the music scene like it was in the early 90's. Good times.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:02 pm
by St. Alphonzo
so sorry wrote:i got two:
from the 80s: the movie was Birdy (matthew modine i think) and the soundtrack was done by Peter Gabriel. its all instrumental, and its all taken from his hits, but its awesome (if you like Gabriel).


I'm a huge Gabriel fan, and I love that soundtrack! Never seen the movie though. Is it any good?

Another great '80s soundtrack: "Bright Lights Big City". The movie was shit, but the soundtrack had New Order, Bryan Ferry, and that "Pump Up The Volume" tune by M/A/A/R/S.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:10 pm
by so sorry
St A, the movie birdy was a turd. but i can listen to gabriel til the cows come home (i have a great idea for a new thread!).

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:28 pm
by DinoDeLaurentiis
So Sorry, say you a sorry for a what a you say about a the Birdy movie, eh? Goddamn putz.

St. Alphonzo, donna listen a to him, eh? He donna know what a he is a talking about. Birdy is a the great flick! Rent it anna decide a for a yourself... anna report back.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:30 pm
by St. Alphonzo
DinoDeLaurentiis wrote:So Sorry, say you a sorry for a what a you say about a the Birdy movie, eh? Goddamn putz.

St. Alphonzo, donna listen a to him, eh? He donna know what a he is a talking about. Birdy is a the great flick! Rent it anna decide a for a yourself... anna report back.


Is that one of yours Dino? If so I'm puttin' it right at the top of my queue. By the way, I heard Joe Dolce's "Shaddap You Face" for the first time in about 10 years yesterday. I couldn't get your image out of my mind while it was playing.

"Whatsa matta you? Hey! Gotta no respect"

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:32 pm
by Man-in-the-Box
I also liked Birdy

Local Hero had a great soundtrack by Mark Knopfler. Never saw the movie though.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:32 pm
by so sorry
Rent it at your own risk! unless of course, you have a secret man crush on mathew modine (i'm looking inna your direction dino).

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:37 pm
by so sorry
one more Peter Gabriel Soundtrack...
the Passion from '89 (i think).
don't listen to it if you want to remain happy, its a depressing (but awesome) score...

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:41 pm
by St. Alphonzo
so sorry wrote:one more Peter Gabriel Soundtrack...
the Passion from '89 (i think).
don't listen to it if you want to remain happy, its a depressing (but awesome) score...


Same goes for "Long Walk Home", Gabriel's soundtrack to Rabbit-Proof Fence. It has the germ of what would become a great song, "Sky Blue" in it.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:45 pm
by so sorry
i'll have to check that one out (i love me some Sky Blue)Image

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 5:09 pm
by Lord Voldemoo
I also had the soundtrack to Miami Vice, and Top Gun, and Footloose, and every other cheesy 80's shit I could get my hands on.

I also liked The Crow soundtrack. And the soundtrack to Dazed and Confused has some pretty good 70's rock.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 5:45 pm
by St. Alphonzo
The soundtrack to "FM" was probably the greatest collection of classic rock I've ever seen.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 9:57 pm
by Tyrone_Shoelaces
*gets out the box of soundtracks*

I forgot about singles. I absolutely love the Smashing Pumpkins song on there. (Fuck it, may as well listen to it while I write this.) I think the Pearl Jam songs were the first time I actually liked their stuff. I'm amazed that those don't get played on the radio. I miss Layne Staley.

Suburbia. One of the most cohesive soundtracks I have ever heard. It actually works as an album instead of a calculated collection of songs put together as part of a marketing plan. It's got the likes of Sonic Youth, Girls Against Boys, Beck, and Butthole Surfers.

It's been a while since I listened to it but I remember The End of Violence as being good. It's got Ry Cooder, Spain, DJ Shadow, Tom Waits, Los Lobos, and U2 w/ Sinead O'Connor.

Hardly anyone saw A Life Less Ordinary and even fewer bought the soundtrack. It's got a great Beck song and an REM remix. Throw in Luscious Jackson, Ash, Folk Implosion, The Cardigans, and even Elvis for a great mix.

I enjoyed the hell out of Dead Man On Campus and its soundtrack. Marilyn Manson covers Bowie to great effect and Great Band Nobody Ever Heard of Creeper Lagoon. Check out the duet of supermodel Twiggy and Twiggy Ramirez at the end of the album.

Songs In The Key of X. Foo Fighters cover Gary Numan and William S. Burroughs sings for REM? And you thought the show was weird. If you have the CD check out the hidden track at the beginning of the album.

Ever hear of All Over Me? I only recently saw it but I got the soundtrack when it came out because they mailed it to the radio station I was working at. The majority of it is women which I'm sure is in keeping with the lesbian themes of the movie. Babes In Toyland, Ani Difranco, Sleater Kinney, Helium, Patti Smith Group, Tuscadero, and one of my favoritest bands ever The Geraldine Fibbers.

Admit it, you only saw Foxfire because Angelina Jolie takes off her shirt. Most of the bands on here I haven't heard of but it works really well as an album. It does have L7, The Cramps, Luscious Jackson, and Kristen Hersh.

Great Expectations. Been a long time but I remember loving this a lot. Chris Cornell, Mono, Tori Amos, Duncan Shiek, Iggy Pop, David Garza, and Scott Weiland.

Romeo + Juliet was another one that I enjoyed a lot when it came out. Garbage, Radiohead, Butthole Surfers, and The Cardigans.

I had to keep Out To Sea purely for the novelty of the songs that Brent Spiner sings.

It's mostly score but tomandandy's Killing Zoe is some interesting stuff.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 11:39 pm
by Man-in-the-Box
The second Crow movie had a cool soundtrack, (another one that I never saw the movie).
And I don't know how I forgot to mention Repo Man.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2005 1:02 am
by St. Alphonzo
Man-in-the-Box wrote:And I don't know how I forgot to mention Repo Man.


"We all gotta duck / when the shit hits the fan". That's a sublime punk rock collection. Even the spanish-language cover version of Secret Agent Man kicks ass on that thing.

"I was a teenaged dinosaur / stoned and obsolete / I didn't get fucked and I didn't get kissed / I got so fucking pissed"

Try to imagine Elijah Wood singing those lines. Can't do it can ya?

PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 12:31 am
by Neo Zeed
I think Pretty in Pink's soundtrack is cool because it has the Smiths, Echo and the Bunnymen, and New Order on it. Bring on the Dancing Horces is superb!