Pump Up The Volume
Welcome to the massive group effort Film [Soundtrack] Festival! From November 1-14, we’re covering all sorts of movie soundtracks. There’ll surely be lots for everybody! Huge thanks to Bruce at THE VINYL CONNECTION for this fantastic group post idea! COMMUNITY!
Two soundtrack posts today? I had to, as I’d promised to do a soundtrack per day for the duration of this series, and I missed out on posting yesterday. Yes, I’ve dipped into Dennis, my hopper of posts, and am offering up extra stuff for your, er, edification… all in an effort to maintain my planned schedule! Brace yourselves for lots of KMA today!
I love this movie. The rebel, the tunes, Samantha Mathis’ bewbs. And the soundtrack is pretty sweet.
Except, given the news this week that Leonard Cohen died, hearing Concrete Blonde do a plodding rock-ish version of Everybody Knows didn’t help my mood. But we’re saved by the sweet soul of Ivan Neville’s Why Can’t I Fall In Love, which was very important in the film. You know the scene. Oh my. Liquid Jesus is next, with Stand. It’s like Black Crowes light, no sass and little blues like the Crowes, but you know that sound even at that. The Crowes could kill this song.
Pixies are next, with the amazing Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf). Any soundtrack that has this one on it is instantly cool in my books. Peter Murphy’s creepily-titled I’ve Got A Secret Miniature Camera is almost-B52s 80s dance pop. I’m not sold on this one in the mix.
And then it’s the might Bad Brains featuring one of my faves, Henry Rollins, covering the MC5’s Kick Out The Jams. Holy hell, if there’s a reason to buy this CD for one track, this’d be it! “Kick Out The Jams, motherfuckers!” YES! Shift without a clutch again into Above The Law’s sweet old school hip hop flow. I liked the message of the song, and the trumpets (I always cheer for the trumpets!). Clunk again into Soundgarden’s big guitar grungy swamp and Cornell’s wailing vocals on Heretic. Not their biggest hit, but still a fun Soundgarden track.
Ramp up the weirdness a bit more with Sonic Youth’s Titanium Expose, which rolls in on feedback and then rocks out in a slightly off-kilter off-key way. By the time the vocals kick in, I find myself wishing it had stayed an instrumental track. We also end with 1:20 more feedback. Ah well. Cowboy Junkies are next with Me And The Devil Blues, a slinky Junkies classic. It builds and builds, in volume and speed, until you’re completely hooked. Damn I love this band. And finally, it’s Chagall Guevara’s Tale O’ The Twister, a template 90’s pop rock tune. It’s alright but not great.
I love this movie, and I like this soundtrack. Lots of tunes to like here, and a few I could probably do without. So it goes!