Posts Tagged ‘80s’

My Top 60 Soundtracks (The Top 10!)

August 25, 2009

10. Kill Bill Vol.1
kb1
– I bought this album when I was in the UK, and literally straight after I saw the film. Brings back such good memories of both my life then and the movie. That’s EXACTLY what soundtracks are supposed to do.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK
Track Listing: 1. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – Nancy Sinatra
2. That Certain Female – Charlie Feathers
3. Grand Duel (Parte Prima), The – Luis Bacalov
4. Twisted Nerve – Bernard Herrmann
5. Queen Of The Crime Council – Lucy Liu/Julie Dreyfus (dialogue)
6. Ode To Oren Ishii – The RZA
7. Run Fay Run – Isaac Hayes
8. Green Hornet – Al Hirt
9. Battle Without Honor Or Humaity – Tomoyasu Hotei
10. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Santa Esmeralda
11. Woo Hoo – The 5.6.7.8’s
12. Crane/White Lightning – The RZA/Charles Bernstein
13. Flower Of Carnage, The – Meiko Kaji
14. Lonely Shepherd, The – Zamfir
15. You’re My Wicked Life – Uma Thurman/Julie Dreyfus/David Carradine (dialogue)
16. Ironside – Quincy Jones
17. Super 16 – NEU!
18. Yakuza Oren 1
19. Bannister Fight
20. Flip Sting
21. Sword Swings
22. Axe Throws

9. Cruel Intentions
ci
– Remember how this movie made you feel all dirty and sexy…if not, play this soundtrack over and over.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track Listing: 1. Every You, Every Me – Placebo (single mix)
2. Praise You – Fatboy Slim (radio edit)
3. Coffee And TV – Blur
4. Bedroom Dancing – Day One (first recording)
5. Colorblind – Counting Crows
6. Ordinary Life – Kristen Barry
7. Comin’ Up From Behind – Marcy Playground
8. Secretly – Skunk Anansie
9. This Love – Craig Armstrong/Elizabeth Fraser
10. You Could Make A Killing – Aimee Mann
11. Addictive – Faithless
12. Trip On Love – Abra Moore
13. You Blew Me Off – Bare Jr.
14. Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve

8. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (front)
-I’m always surprised when people say this didn’t like or get this movie. Maybe it just means I’m smarter than them.But any movie that dares to reinvent Bowie and actually make it sound equally as good is ok in my book.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track Listing: 1. Sven Libaek – Shark Attack Theme
2. Loquasto International Fim Festival
3. David Bowie – Life On Mars?
4. Seu Jorge – Starman
5. Let Me Tell You About My Boat
6. Seu Jorge – Rebel Rebel
7. Zissou Society Blue Star Cadets / Ned’s Theme Take 1
8. Devo – Gut Feeling
9. Sven Libaek – Open Sea Theme
10. Seu Jorge – Rock N’ Roll Suicide
11. Joan Baez – Here’s To You
12. We Call Them Pirates Out Here
13. Iggy And The Stooges – Search and Destroy
14. Paco de Lucia – La Nina de Puerta Oscura
15. Seu Jorge – Life on Mars?
16. Ping Island / Lightening Rescue Op
17. Seu Jorge – Five Years
18. Scott Walker – 30 Century Man

7. Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction - Soundtrack
– Tarantino’s Opus.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track Listing: 1. Pumpkin And Honey Bunny (Dialogue) / Miserlou – Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
2. Royale With Cheese – (dialogue)
3. Jungle Boogie – Kool & The Gang
4. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
5. Bustin’ Surfboards – The Tornadoes
6. Lonesome Town – Ricky Nelson
7. Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
8. Zed’s Dead, Baby (Dialogue) / Bullwinkle Part II – The Centurians
9. Jack Rabbit Slim’s Twist Contest (Dialogue) / You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry
10. Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon – Urge Overkill
11. If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags) – Maria McKee
12. Bring Out The Gimp (Dialogue) / Comanche – The Revels
13. Flowers On The Wall – The Statler Brothers
14. Personality Goes A Long Way – (dialogue)
15. Surf Rider – The Lively Ones
16. Ezekiel 25:17 – (dialogue)

6. Into The Wild
CD Into the Wild_.jpg
– A deeply life changing movie for anyone who questions their place in this world.
Fave Tracks: – All of them. Just over 30minutes of Eddie Vedders brilliance.
Track Listing:1. Setting Forth – (with Eddie Vedder)
2. No Ceiling – (with Eddie Vedder)
3. Far Behind – (with Eddie Vedder)
4. Rise – (with Eddie Vedder)
5. Long Nights – (with Eddie Vedder)
6. Tuolumne – (with Eddie Vedder)
7. Hard Sun – (with Eddie Vedder)
8. Society – (with Eddie Vedder)
9. Wolf, The – (with Eddie Vedder)
10. End Of the Road – (with Eddie Vedder)
11. Guaranteed – (with Eddie Vedder)

5. Watchmen
0146444ie
– Another of of those love it or hate it movies. I love it, however, it was more for the soundtrack than the visuals or storytelling. The near perfect use of music kept me hooked from beginning to end.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track listing: 1. Desolation Row – My Chemical Romance
2. Unforgettable – Cole, Nat ‘King’
3. Times They Are A Changin’, The – Dylan, Bob
4. Sound Of Silence, The – Simon & Garfunkel
5. Me And Bobby McGee – Joplin, Janis
6. I’m Your Boogie Man – KC & The Sunshine Band
7. You’re My Thrill – Holiday, Billie
8. Pruit Igoe And Prophecies – Glass, Philip
9. Hallelujah – Cohen, Leonard
10. All Along The Watchtower – Hendrix, Jimi
11. Ride Of The Valkyries – Budapest Studio Symphony Orchestra
12. Pirate Jenny – Simone, Nina

4. The Lost Boys
487_Large
– One of the most iconic movies to come out of the 80s. And a big part of that had to do with the cool, sexy soundtrack that accompanied our Vampires and heros.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track listing: 1. Good Times – INXS/Jimmy Barnes
2. Lost In The Shadows (The Lost Boys) – Lou Gramm
3. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Roger Daltrey
4. Laying Down The Law – INXS/Jimmy Barnes
5. People Are Strange – Echo & The Bunnymen
6. Cry Little Sister (Theme From The Lost Boys) – Gerald McMann
7. Power Play – Eddie & The Tide
8. I Still Believe – Tim Capello
9. Beauty Has Her Way – Mummy Calls
10. To The Shock Of Miss Louise – Thomas Newman

3. Empire Records
empire_records
– Damn the man! Save The Empire! C.L.A.S.S.I.C.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track listing: 1. Til I Hear It From You – Gin Blossoms
2. Liar – The Cranberries
3. Girl Like You, A – Edwyn Collins
4. Free – The Martinis
5. Crazy Life – Toad The Wet Sprocket
6. Bright As Yellow – The Innocence Mission
7. Circle Of Friends – Better Than Ezra
8. I Don’t Want To Live Today – Ape Hangers
9. Whole Lotta Trouble – Cracker
10. Ready, Steady, Go – The Meices
11. What You Are – Drill
12. Nice Overalls – Lustre
13. Here It Comes Again – Please
14. Ballad Of El Goodo, The – Evan Dando
15. Sugarhigh – Coyote Shivers

2. Lost In Translation
167282038_90ed353c13
– An emotional journey through the mundaness of our lives. And it makes us remember its never to late to find joy in life.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track listing: 1. Intro/Tokyo
2. City Girl – Kevin Shields
3. Fantino – Sebastien Tellier
4. Tommib – Squarepusher
5. Girls – Death In Vegas
6. Goodbye – Kevin Shields
7. Too Young – Phoenix
8. Kaze Wo Atsumete – Happy End
9. On The Subway – Brian Reitzell/Roger J Manning Jr.
10. Ikebana – Kevin Shields
11. Sometimes – My Bloody Valentine
12. Alone In Kyoto – Air
13. Shibuya – Brian Reitzell/Roger J Manning Jr.
14. Are You Awake? – Kevin Shields
15. Just Like Honey – Jesus & Mary Chain

And now..here’ it is… number 1…

1. Dazed & Confused
dc
– By far, by favourite soundtrack of all time. It’s perfection on every level.
Fave tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track listing: 1. Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo – Rick Derringer
2. Slow Ride – Foghat
3. School’s Out – Alice Cooper
4. Jim Dandy – Black Oak Arkansas
5. Tush – ZZ Top
6. Love Hurts – Nazareth
7. Stranglehold – Ted Nugent
8. Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
9. Fox On The Run – Sweet
10. Low Rider – War
11. Tuesday’s Gone – Lynyrd Skynyrd
12. Highway Star – Deep Purple
13. Rock And Roll All Night – Kiss
14. Paranoid – Black Sabbath

well…that’s it…the top 60 soundtracks I own.
What did you think?
What’s missing that I NEED to own?
Whats your top 10?
what else would you like to see me countdown?
Where in the world is carmen sandiego?

My Top 60 Soundtracks (Part 5)

August 24, 2009

20. Wayne’s World 2
ww2
– I own the first movie soundtrack on Cassette, and really need to upgrade it to CD… so by default WW2 gets this slot.
Fave tracks: “Dude Looks Like a Lady” – Aerosmith,”Out There” – Dinosaur Jr., “Idiot Summer” – Gin Blossoms & “Frankenstein” – Edgar Winter

19. Twilight
twilight
– Sure the movie is divided into those who a) love it, b) hate it. But anyone who knows anything about music cannot doubt the strength of the soundtrack.
Fave Tracks: “Supermassive Black Hole” – Muse, “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” -Iron & Wine, “Eyes on Fire” – Blue Foundation & “Tremble for My Beloved”- Collective Soul.

18. From Dusk Till Dawn
fromdusk_till_dawn_1996_ost1
– The movie may be an over the top Mexican-liquor fuelled Vampire flick, and i don’t mean that in a bad way, but the soundtrack is equally down and dirty,i mean that in a good way.
Fave Tracks: “Dark Night” – The Blasters, “After Dark” – Tito & Tarantula, “Dengue Woman Blues” -Jimmie Vaughan.

17. Desperado
desperado
– Along with QT, Robert Rodriguez can do no wrong when it comes to movies & Music in my eyes. Desperado was cool, dirty and sexy as hell, as was the soundtrack.
Fave Tracks: “Strange Face of Love” & “Back To The House That Love Build” – Tito & Tarantula, & “Six Blade Knife” – Dire Straits

16. Juno
junose2hc6
– One of the quirkiest, best written movies to have graced our screens in the last 10 years. The soundtrack offered nothing less that something of equal offering.
Fave Tracks: “All I Want Is You” – Barry Louis Polisar, “A Well Respected Man” – The Kinks, “Anyone Else But You” – The Moldy Peaches & all of Kimya Dawson’s songs.

15. Grind
grind
– The ultimate buddy movie. Unfortunately I don’t really have any, so I live vicariously through the soundtrack.
Fave Tracks: “Fly From The Inside” – Shinedown, “These Walls” – Trapt,”I’m Just a Kid” – Simple Plan & “BOOM” – P.O.D.

14. Reservoir Dogs
rd
– Quentin Tarantino’s first offering of Violence, brilliant storytelling and pace perfect music was served up in the form of Reservoir Dogs.
Fave Tracks: “Hooked on a Feeling” – Blue Swede, “Fool For Love”- Sandy Rogers, “Little Green Bag” – George Baker and of course “Stuck In The Middle With You” – Stealers Wheel.

13. Jackie Brown
jackie brown ost
– Considered one of Tarantino’s weakest films, (only because Reservoir Dogs & Pulp Fiction preceded it), Jackie Brown delivered a typically brilliant soundtrack.
Fave Tracks: “Tenessee Stud” – Johnny Cash,”Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time” – The Delphonics,”Across 110th Street” – Bobby Womack, “Street Life” – Randy Crawford

12. City of Angels
2eg91th
– I’m a sap for this movie. I’m man enough to admit the tears doth flow everytime… I mean come on…he gives up his wings for love and she dies!
Fave Tracks: “Feelin Love” – Paula Cole, “If God Will Send His Angels” – U2, “Iris” – Goo Goo Dolls & “Red House” – Jimi Hendrix

11. Garden State
Garden_state_
– I don’t rave about this movie as much as most people do. I don’t connect as well to the visuals I think. But the OST is something specially. An award winning selection by Zach Braff here.
Fave tracks: “In The Waiting Line” – Zero 7, “Let Go” – Frou Frou, “New Slang”- The Shins, “Such Great Heights” – Iron & Wine, “One of These Things First” – Nick Drake, “The Only Living Boy In New York” – Simon & Garfunkel.

That’s it folks, Just 10 left….can you guess what they are???

My Top 60 Soundtracks(Part 4)

August 21, 2009

Another day, another installment of my countdown…

30. Threesome
threesome_f
– This really feels like its ranked for too high considering the quality of some of the albums that came before it on my list, but for some reason, it really feels right being in the Top 30. Weird, just like the movie.
Fave tracks: “Bizarre Love Triangle” – New order, “Dancing Barefoot” – U2 & “That Was The Day” – The The

29. Fast Time At Ridgemont High
Front
– Iconic movie, if somewhat dated… the soundtrack really only works for die-hard fans of the movie in my opinion. Which works just fine for me.
Fave Tracks: “Somebody’s Baby” – Jackson Browne, “Love Rules” – Don Henley & “fast Times at Ridgemont High” – Sammy Hagar.

28. Armageddon
OST_Armageddon
-Sure, the movie is an over the top Popcorn extravaganza like only Jerry Bruckheimer can give us…but it works. And Bruce Willis save the world.
Fave tracks: All the Aerosmith tracks (yes including “I dont wanna miss a thing”, solely because it gave them their only #1), and most of the others too (cop out i know!)

27. Forrest Gump
FG
– Can’t say I’m a Tom Hanks fan, but the man makes AMAZING movies. This 2 disc set has an endless array of out and out classics.
Fave Tracks: pick one – Elvis, Wilson Pickett, Joan Baez, Creedance, Beach Boys, The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, Randy Newman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac….(see neither can I)

26. Velvet Goldmine
VG
– throw in some Glam Rock, add a touch of modern Rock and you get one kick @ss selection.
Fave Tracks: “20th Century Boy” – Placebo, “We Are The Boys” – Pulp & “Diamond Meadows” – T.Rex

25. Almost Famous
almost_famous
– Great selection of classics here…and is makes the list on the strength of that alone. I cannot tell a lie here… I havent seen this movie in its entirety. It would probably list higher if I did.
Fave Tracks: “Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd, “One Way Out” Allman Brothers, “Tiny Dancer” – Elton John

24. Dead man Walking
deadman
– Anyone who ever doubts the mad skills of Sean Penn needs to see this movie. It was the soundtrack that made me realize how much of a genius Eddie Vedder is (although I still HATE Pearl Jam…weird)
Fave Tracks: “The Face of Love” – Eddie Vedder & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, “Dead Man Walkin’ – Bruce Springsteen, “In Your Mind” – Johnny Cash.

23. The Dark Knight
darkknight1
– The only out and out Score on my countdown (Gladiator & Lord Of The Rings just missed the cut). Superb and effective. Got robbed of an Oscar. (Or as a friend of mine would say, “I Still can’t believe Dark Knight didnt win Best Film”)
Fave Tracks: “Why So Serious” – by composers Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard chills!

22. Tank Girl
tankgirl
– this movie came about during a very poignant time in my life, but while the movie has since been forgotten, the soundtrack will always have special memories for me.
Fave Tracks: “Aurora” – Veruca Salt, “Army of Me” – Bjork, “Roads”- Portishead & “Shove” – L7

21. Stranger Than Fiction
stranger
– This for me is Will Ferrel’s finest performance as an actor (even though Anchorman was the shiz), and the movie is perfectly compliments by a phenomenal soundtrack.
Fave Tracks: “The Book I Write” – Spoon, “That’s Entertainment” – The Jam & “Gone Missing” – Maximo Park

Top 20 soon! Stay Tuned!

My Top 60 Soundtracks(Part 3)

August 19, 2009

Coming in thick and fast… here is part 3 of my countdown:

40. Strange Days
strangedays
– I haven’t seen this movie since its cinematic release back in the mid 90s, but I’ll always remember it scene for scene.
Fave Tracks: “Selling Jesus”- Skunk Anansie, “Hardly Wait” – Julliette Lewis & “While The Earth Sleeps” – Peter Gabriel/Deep Forest

39. Cocktail
cocktail
– Another effortless cool movie and soundtrack…dreamy is the word i’d use.
Fave Tracks: “Kokomo” – Beach Boys, “All Shook Up”- Ry Cooder & “Wild Again” – Starship

38. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
billandted
– 80s Rock…. to the max.
Fave Tracks: “Battle Stations”- Winger & “God Gave Rock And Roll To You II”- KISS

37. Remember The Titans
rtt
– er…70s Rock… to the max
Fave Tracks: “Spill The Wine” – Eric Burdon & War, “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)” – The Hollies & “Up Around The Bend” – Creedence Clearwater Revival

36. Clueless
clueless
– The movie that made us all fall in love with….Stacy Dash (ok ok and Alicia Silverstone too).
Fave Tracks: “Supermodel” – Jill Sobule, “Shake Some Action” – Cracker, “Change” – Lightning Seeds & “Kids In America” – The Muffs

35. Dirty Dancing
img_1_th
– the movie is epic, the legacy is epic, and gosh darnit, nobody puts Baby in a corner.
Fave Tracks: Every single track on the legacy edition.

34. Scream (Trilogy)
119364_1_f29cvs5lOST_sream
– The Completist in my wants to list all 3 soundtracks here…so i will.
Fave Tracks – “Red Right Hand” – Nick Cave, “Schools Out” – Last Hard Men, “She Said” – Collective soul, and a ton of others across all three albums.

33. Higher Learning
477-1
– Fabulously heavy movie…really effective use of heavy rap mixed with slower fare.
Fave Tracks: “Losing My Religion” – Tori Amos, “Year of The Boomerang” – Rage Against The Machine & “Ask of You” – Raphael Saadiq

32. Dumb & Dumber
dandd
– Still Jim Carey’s funniest, and the soundtrack was an equal mix of quirky.
Fave Tracks: “New Age Girl” – Dead eye Dick, “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” – Crash Test Dummies & “Where I Find My Heaven” – Gigolo Aunts….holy crud…actually there are about 8 or 9 other great tracks here…

31. Can’t Hardly Wait
canthardlywait
– still one of my favourite teen movies ever. With an equally cool soundtrack.
Fave Tracks: “Graduate” – Third Eye Blind, “Turn It Up” – Busta Rhymes & “Paradise City” – Guns N’ Roses

The Good Old Days…

August 11, 2009

I’m such a classic cult junkie its ridiculous, and once I get started I just can’t stop digging in the archives…

Last week I was having a discussion with a friend about how they don’t make cartoons like they used to.

Sure, I, like many people have relived the likes of GI Joe,Thundercats, He-Man & Bravestarr on dvd…

This evening I found myself searching for more obscure classic toons….these are what I managed to remember.

Feel free to add your memories too…

La Linea

This was a popular one in South Africa, and ended up becoming a well known insurance/banking ad.


Amigo & Friends


Unfortunately I can only find the Spanish versions online, but I used to love watching Amigo & Friends. It brings back great memories of growing up (which are few and far between). They usually appeared as shorts on VHS tapes of other titles.

Heckle & Jeckle

Those crazy crows were the best thing about going to the drive-in!

Sport Billy!

For some reason 90% of people I speak to can’t remember this one! (that stat brought to you by Deloitte & Touche). But the guy had a sports bag that contained EVERYTHING in.

Roger Ramjet

Roger Ramjet and his eagles fighting for our freedom!

Bionic Six

Sorta like the cartoon version of Family Ties really… Bionics ON! Why is this not on dvd???

Battle of The Planets (G-Force)

This one’s for you Len! Possibly the only “Anime” show I will ever love.

Morph

Thank you Tony Hart (RIP) for introducing the world to a little orange plasticine guy named Morph.

The Wuzzles

I was seriously obsessed with this show…and i still don’t understand why…

David The Gnome

Or as us South Africans called him… Dawie die Kabouter!

Maya The Bee

I remember this being so sad for some reason…

Ok wow….everything is coming flooding back now… I think this blog deserves a part two!

How many of these do your remember? Which others come to mind?

I may be the king of the geeks…. officially.

RIP John Hughes (1950-2009)

August 6, 2009

Another day, another Iconic death.

John Hughes 01
Today we lost one of the most loved writer/directors in John Hughes.

Hughes died of a heart attack at the age of 59, but left us with movies that will last us for the rest of our lives.

If you grew up a teen in the 80s, there’s no way his work didn’t have an impact your youth.

He wrote and directed:
Sixteen Candles
The Breakfast Club
Weird Science
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Planes, Trains & Automobiles

When he wasn’t directing however, he continued his writing work with classics such as:

National Lampoons Vacation movies
Some Kind of Wonderful
The Great Outdoors
Home Alone
Beethoven

Of course his body of work included so much more, each of the above movies had a significant impact on both my love for movies and writing.

Hughes showcased the best in young and upcoming talent, and got the best out of comic legends. John Candy, Steve Martin, Charles Grodin, Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez,Macaulay Culkin, Anthony Michael Hall,Matthew Broderick

I always hoped Hughes would give us one more classic, but he long ago retired from directing, and now…well…it just simply one of those thing that will never happen.

RIP John Hughes, and thank you for making me love movies.