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Best soundtracks – the thread
24 January 2015
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Von Bontee said
Oh, forgot "West Side Story".

What a coincidence, @Von Bontee, earlier today I was thinking of West Side Story; here you have my favorite part of the score –which one? “Maria”; of course.

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 @Oudis - I think my favourite parts are "Something 's Happening" and "America". Oh and the crazy Stravinsky-goes-beatnik overture!

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When I saw this thread two of the first soundtracks that came to mind were O Brother Where Art Thou and Koyaanisqatsi, good to see them mentioned. I'll toss in a few more that I've enjoyed.

 

Darren Aronofski's first film, Pi

It's got a lot of great 90s electronic artists on it including Aphex Twin, Massive Attack, etc. Great tracks from Clint Mansell as well.

Link to the full soundtrack in one video because I'm too lazy to find links for each one, and I'm posting several soundtracks. :p

 

The Crow

Continuing in an I love the 90s theme... I have mixed feelings about this soundtrack, but the Nine Inch Nails cover of Joy Division's "Dead Souls" is worth the price of admission. I also dig the Thrill Kill Kult song and of course The Cure and Violent Femmes songs.

 

Spawn

Okay this was a terrible movie whether you were a fan of the comics or not. I (mostly) liked the soundtrack though. It had an interesting theme of rock and electronic acts collaborating to make the songs on the album. There are a few weak tracks, but the good ones are pretty darn good.

 

I'll leave it at that for now. One interesting thing that I realized while finding the links was that Orbital appears on the Pi and Spawn soundtracks, and Henry Rollins appears on the Crow and Spawn soundtracks. I love it when things are unintentionally tied together like that. :)

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I like the sound track for Disney's Mulan 

https://youtu.be/52nwiTs7bk8

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Grosse Pointe Blank is one of my top 3 movies. The soundtrack isn't bad either:

'I Can See Clearly Now' by Johnny Nash
 
'War Cry' by Joe Strummer and Richard Norris
 
'Blister in the Sun' by Violent Femmes
 
'Fugue in A-Minor' composed by Johannes Brahms
 
'Armagideon Time' by The Clash
 
'Rudie Can't Fail' by The Clash
 
'Live And Let Die ' by Guns N' Roses
 
'Live And Let Die ' (Muzak) by Adam Fields
 
'Absolute Beginners' by The Jam
 
'Pressure Drop' by The Specials
 
'The Killing Moon' by Echo & The Bunnymen
 
'A Message to You Rudy' by The Specials
 
'Monkey Gone to Heaven' by The Pixies 
 
'Ace of Spades' by Motörhead
 
'In Between Days' by The Cure
 
'Your Lucky Day in Hell' by The Eels
 
'Sharks Can't Sleep' by Tracy Bonham
 
'Little Luxuries' by The Burros
 
'You're Wondering Now' by The Specials
 
'Big Boss Man' by Jimmy Reed
 
'Detroit City' by Bobby Bare
 
'We Care a Lot' by Faith No More
 
'Take on Me' by A-Ha
 
'White Lines' by Melle Mel
 
'Walk Like an Egyptian' by The Bangles
 
'Under Pressure' by David Bowie and Queen
 
'Cities in Dust' by Siouxsie and the Banshees
 
'Let My Love Open the Door' by Pete Townshend
 
'Go' by Tones on Tail
 
'The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight' by Dominatrix
 
'El Matador' by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
 
'Let It Whip' by The Dazz Band
 
'Mirror in the Bathroom' by The English Beat
 
'99 Luftballons' by Nena
 
'Doors of Your Heart' by The English Beat
 
'Lorca's Novena' by The Pogues

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Ooh, @Zig , @4or5Magicians , so many excellent '90s movies with memorable soundtracks mentioned and seconded here! Grosse Pointe Blank sdtrk (and film) is practically perfect, not a bad song on it. And yeah, that electronic score really was a good matchup with those amazing, sickening grainy monochromes of Pi (movie looked like "b&w...of the future!" )

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Yeah, @Von Bontee - while I was cutting/pasting the list above, I was going through each scene in my head based on the tune. Especially the two 'Live And Let Die ' entries. Love that scene!

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"Ace of Spades" convenience-store shootout is my favourite, especially with the Red Wings fan oblivious throughout!

Actually I'm kind of surprised you like that soundtrack so much, Zig, with all the '80s new-wave music - didn't think that was your scene. But I guess Bowie and the Clash and Jimmy Reed are in the mix, too. :)

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Good call on GPB. Speaking of Echo and the Bunnymen appearing on soundtracks... The Lost Boys and Donnie Darko are both full of great tunes.

 

I'll also just lump together most of Quentin Tarantino's soundtracks as being pretty good.

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Bugsy Malone. The only musical i can watch without wanting to break the tv.

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Bugsy Malone. The only musical i can watch without wanting to break the tv.

It's funny, I couldn't get into that one and it seemed like everyone my age was gaga over it. But now I see it has appeal for youngsters like yourself. ;-)

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parlance said

meanmistermustard said
Bugsy Malone. The only musical i can watch without wanting to break the tv.

It's funny, I couldn't get into that one and it seemed like everyone my age was gaga over it. But now I see it has appeal for youngsters like yourself. ;-)

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Thats probably why i like it, its a kids musical and therefore daft enough to pull it all off without getting on my nerves. I hate musicals where adults break out into song randomly and start dancing for no reason with their mates. How on earth can you stand watching the 18-year old tough guy (who you can clearly see is really 34) when he is prancing about singing some gooey song about whatever. 

'High School Musical' bugged me as the minute i saw involved some kid dancing around a golf course!!

One thought on 'Bugsy Malone' is that throughout the film if you get splurged you die yet at the end everyone gets splurged yet lives. That annoys me. 

Edit.

The Beatles agreed, as shown in this quote from John in 1964 when talking about 'A Hard Days Night':-

We enjoyed doing it, but we'd been the kind of people who didn't like musicals when all of a sudden a song started. We tried to get away from that - from saying, all of a sudden, 'How about a song?' - but we could only to an extent. It felt embarrassing to get into a number. There's a bit in the film where I say the American-musical cliché: 'Say, kids, why not do the show right here?' It was a joke originally that we threw in. Norman Rossington said it used to happen in all the old pop films. They'd be in the middle of a desert and somebody would say, 'I've got a great idea, kids, how about doing the show right here?' I stuck that bit in but it doesn't work; it looks as though I mean it. We thought the gag-line would break it down and everybody would get the joke and a number would follow.

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The Crow

Continuing in an I love the 90s theme... I have mixed feelings about this soundtrack, but the Nine Inch Nails cover of Joy Division's "Dead Souls" is worth the price of admission. I also dig the Thrill Kill Kult song and of course The Cure and Violent Femmes songs.

You stole my idea, @4or5Magicians, The Crow was the next soundtrack I was going to recommend. Thanks for the link to Wikipedia. It’s one of the classics of what I call my “extended youth” –till I was thirty-five. Amazing film. Its last song (“It Can’t Rain All The Time” by Jane Siberry) moves me deeply.

Track listing

  1. "Burn" -The Cure
  2. "Golgotha Tenement Blues" -Machines of Loving Grace
  3. "Big Empty" -Stone Temple Pilots
  4. "Dead Souls" (Joy Divisioncover) - Nine Inch Nails
  5. "Darkness" -Rage Against the Machine
  6. "Color Me Once" -Violent Femmes
  7. "Ghostrider" (Suicidecover) - Rollins Band
  8. "Milktoast" (also known as "Milquetoast") -Helmet
  9. "The Badge" (Poison Ideacover) - Pantera
  10. "Slip Slide Melting" -For Love Not Lisa
  11. "After the Flesh" -My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
  12. "Snakedriver" -The Jesus and Mary Chain
  13. "Time Baby III" -Medicine(note: the track on the OST album is "Time Baby III" as recorded by Medicine in studio; the track performed live by Medicine in the film is "Time Baby II", which is mostly similar but has a different lead guitar riff at the intro and after the chorus)
  14. "It Can't Rain All the Time" -Jane Siberry

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Wow, I rented "The Crow" on tape 20 years ago but remember nothing about it except recognizing that Joy Division cover when it was played. Oh, and I think there was a scene or two that took place in the rain at nighttime.

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So coincidentally, I was out getting lunch yesterday and decided to check out a used record shop near where I was eating. They had some of their used CDs on sale 3 for $2. Mostly forgettable trash. Quite a lot of lousy soundtracks. My girlfriend picked up a bad soundtrack and joked "we could get this!" I immediately saw one of the (apparently multi-volume) Grosse Pointe Blank soundtracks and replied "or we could get a good one!" It has The Specials, Echo and the Bunnymen, and The Pixies on it so I'm happy with it! The only other 2 albums I could find that I liked were by Front 242 and one by New Order, for those that were wondering. :p

 

Getting back to the topic... I'll throw out the soundtrack to Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. It's not for everybody, but it's got a few cool tracks on it. I've been hearing RHCP's cover of "Love Rollercoaster" on the radio lately so that's what reminded me to recommend this.

  1. "Two Cool Guys" - Isaac Hayes (3:06)
  2. "Love Rollercoaster" - Red Hot Chili Peppers (4:37)
  3. "Ain't Nobody" - LL Cool J (4:38)
  4. "Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls" - White Zombie (3:53)
  5. "I Wanna Riot" - Rancid with Stubborn All-Stars (3:59)
  6. "Walk on Water" - Ozzy Osbourne (4:18) *
  7. "Snakes" - No Doubt (4:34)
  8. "Pimp'n Ain't EZ" - Madd Head (4:21)
  9. "The Lord Is a Monkey" (Rock Version) - Butthole Surfers (4:44)
  10. "White Trash" by Southern Culture on the Skids (2:03)
  11. "Gone Shootin'" - AC/DC (5:05)
  12. "Lesbian Seagull" - Engelbert Humperdinck (3:39)
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Oh man, B&B Do America...that movie had my sister, future bro-in-law, cousin and myself literally on the living room floor with laughter back in '97 or so. And we weren't even high! That soundtrack is SO late '90s.

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I thought I’d mention a strange soundtrack; it belongs to the 1973 UK film The Wicker Man, directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer. It stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, and Britt Ekland. Paul Giovanni composed the soundtrack. Here you have the tracks and a link to my favorite song, The Landlord’s Daughter; also a picture of the last, unforgettable scene.

“Songs From Summersisle Ballads Of Seduction, Fertility And Ritual Slaughter”

1 Corn Rigs

Acoustic Guitar – Andrew TompkinsHarmonica – Michael Cole (10)Harmonica, Recorder – Peter Brewis (2)Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Paul GiovanniLyre [Nordic], Recorder – Gary CarpenterViolin – Ian Cutler 2:35

2 The Landlord's Daughter

Acoustic Guitar – Andrew TompkinsConcertina – Michael Cole (10)Recorder – Gary Carpenter, Peter Brewis (2)Violin – Ian CutlerVocals – Paul Giovanni, Wicker Man Chorus, The 2:37

3 Gently Johnny

Acoustic Guitar – Andrew TompkinsHarmonica – Michael Cole (10), Peter Brewis (2)Lead Vocals – Paul GiovanniPercussion [Hand Drum] – Bernard MurrayRecorder [Tenor] – Gary CarpenterViolin – Ian Cutler 3:32

4 Maypole

Acoustic Guitar – Andrew TompkinsBacking Vocals – Rachel Verney, Sally PresantConcertina – Michael Cole (10)Jew's Harp – Peter Brewis (2)Lead Vocals – Walter KerrRecorder – Gary CarpenterTambourine – Michael FryeViolin – Ian Cutler 2:43

5 Fire Leap

Fife, Ocarina, Recorder – Gary CarpenterLead Vocals – Girl's Choir 1:26

6 The Tinker Of Rye

Lead Vocals – Christopher Lee, Diane CilentoPiano – Gary Carpenter 1:50

7 Willow's Song

Acoustic Guitar – Andrew TompkinsBassoon – Michael Cole (10)Harmonica, Recorder [Decant] – Peter Brewis (2)Lead Vocals – Lesley MackieLyre [Nordic] – Gary CarpenterTom Tom – Michael FryeViolin – Ian Cutler 4:40

8 Procession

Conductor – Gary CarpenterPerformer – Wicker Man Ensemble, The 2:15

9 Chop Chop

Bagpipes [Irish Piper] – Unknown ArtistPercussion [Hand Drum] – Bernard MurrayViolin – Ian Cutler 1:41

10 Lullaby

Lead Vocals – Rachel Verney, Sally PresantLyre [Nordic] – Gary Carpenter 0:57

11 Festival / Mirie It Is / Sumer Is A-Cumin In

Adapted By [Lyrics] – Peter ShafferConductor – Gary CarpenterPerformer – Wicker Man Ensemble, TheVocals – Wicker Man Chorus, The 4:29

 

Incidental Music From 'The Wicker Man'

12 Opening Music / Loving Couples / The Ruined Church

Bagpipes [Northumbrian, Opening Scene] – Bruce Watson (5)Lead Vocals [Opening Music] – Lesley MackievPerformer [Loving Couples, The Ruined Church] – Thomas The Rhymer Recorded By [Loving Couples, The Ruined Church] – John Luard Timperley 4:13

13 The Masks / The Hobby Horse 1:25

14 Searching For Rowan 2:22

15 Appointment With The Wicker Man 1:18

16 Sunset Performer – Thomas The RhymerRecorded By – John Luard Temperley* 1:05

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I remembered another to add to my playlist - The Moderns by Mark Isham. Still gives me chills.

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"The Wicker Man"! Good movie, possibly now tainted by it's association with the much-ridiculed Nic Cage remake. The only song from the soundtrack I can recall is that "Take the flame inside you..." one - was that "Fire Leap?"

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Another addition to the playlist that I remembered - Rachel Portman's score for "Sirens":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....5rDeMfvZcI

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