I am a definite s-u-c-k-e-r for a good soundtrack. Set me loose in the soundtrack section of any music store and I will find a few gems to be sure. I love the way that music makes a movie poignant or funny or heartbreaking or memorable. Plus, it’s the way I always think of songs in my head anyway when I listen to them – picturing a moment, a situation, a conversation to go along with them as they unfold.
It’s like the way you wish life could be sometimes – you know, the perfect song to accompany every moment.
My friend Vangelis the Greek (my nickname, I don’t think he actually goes by that in day to day life) sent me a really neat email the other day, filled with his reflections on various movies and drawing my attention to some good forgotten soundtrack songs. I thought I would share them with you. He says:
“First, a song from a movie I saw as a teenager accidentally on television late at night. I will never forget the way that movie made me feel and the discussions I had the following day at school with my friends that also watched itâ€¦Pump Up the Volume. The soundtrack (buy here) also contains Pixies, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth…”
Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen cover) – Concrete Blonde
MY NOTE: See, I had as big of a crush on Christian Slater as the next 11 year old girl back in 1990, but I was not yet, shall we say, “cool” in the musical arena when this soundtrack came out, as I was generally rockin’ out to oldies (cool in their own way), New Kids on the Block and gems like Michael W. Smith. Yeah, I’ll admit it. I was a late bloomer. Anyway, back to Vangelis:
“Another movie that I really like is Beautiful Girls. I will not send you the song they all sang at the bar (Sweet Caroline â€“ Neil Diamond) but the song with the same title as the movie. (Really cool soundtrack, buy it here):
Beautiful Girl – Pete Droge and The Sinners
Also, the Afghan Whigs appear in the movie and play live. You know Greg Dulli spent one summer here in Greece trying to find his Greek roots and where his relatives livedâ€¦
Anyway, another great movie and a fantastic soundtrack if you like swing music is Swing Kids. I think it comes from 1993 and in a parallel universe it would have won a thousand Oscars. Two songs from the soundtrack:
Last, from the movie Pleasantville, a Beatles song from Fiona Apple – Across The Universe. Her voice is simply amazing, I have heard a lot of covers of this song but I think this is the best one ever. The soundtrack also includes Etta James, Buddy Holly and Elvis.”
Across The Universe – Fiona Apple
Finally, one from Vangelis himself. It is not soundtrack-related, other than the fact that Vangelis compared him and his buddies to the guys in That Thing You Do when they first heard themselves on the radio in Greece (yelling, screaming, calling each other). It is in English (although I think I hear some traditional Greek instruments in the background?) and I think it is pretty good!
Wonderful World – Vangelis & His Band
(sorry, dude, you didn’t tell me the band name!)
I’m off to add some good stuff to my Netflix queue. I got Long, Hot Summer with Paul Newman in the mail yesterday so I get to do a little inappropriate salivating over the young & smoldering Paul Newman later today.