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My Top 60 Soundtracks (The Top 10!)

August 25, 2009

10. Kill Bill Vol.1
– 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.
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’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
– Remember how this movie made you feel all dirty and sexy…if not, play this soundtrack over and over.
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.
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.
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
– 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.
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
– 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.
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
– Damn the man! Save The Empire! C.L.A.S.S.I.C.
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
– An emotional journey through the mundaness of our lives. And it makes us remember its never to late to find joy in life.
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’ it is… number 1…

1. Dazed & Confused
– By far, by favourite soundtrack of all time. It’s perfection on every level.
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?


I’m so in love with…

August 24, 2009

I’m writing this as I watch Liverpool try and make a come back from 0-2 down at Anfield, so please excuses any outburst of anger and hate it what should otherwise be considered an upbeat blog.

Last Friday was our second of a two day “seminar” designed to bring work colleagues closer together. Despite the initial grunts and groans that usually follow events like that, the 2 days were pleasant and good natured.

The first day was a pretty standard “moving forward together” type effort, but the events of day 2 were kept a mystery which of course led to understandable fears of having to participate in a three legged egg whilst wearing a sack and blindfold.
Thankfully, this was not the case.
Upon arriving at the venue, we were all split up in two teams, I was decidedly happy seeing the names of some of my favourite people aligned with mine.
Off to a good start.
All was then revealed, thanks to an over eager presenter, that would make any children’s show host cringe with embarrassment, and all of us in the room tense up with irritation.

We were fortunate enough to be given the task of making movies.
Each team would be given a camera and the brief of making a 90sec movie depicting what music meant to us (because were are a record company…duh).

I immediately lit up. This was all my passions rolled up into one!

*YES!!!! TORRES YOU BEAUTY!!! 1-2!!!!!*

What followed was the creative process which I thrive off of.
The brainstorming of a script, roles being assigned, crew duties, and the eternal question of “how do we film this sum’beech”
Pure bliss!

As the time ticked away, the ideas flowed, our team gelled off each other brilliantly, and it was nothing short of a pleasure to be in their company.


By the end of the time allocated, we had put together something really special, and were damn proud of it.

As we watched our movie being put together in the editing process, I realized two things.

1. This was my passion… making movies, no matter how short or how small, was something that was like a drug to me. When I’m doing it, I am the happiest person alive; and when I’m not involved in it at all…I’m just in a permanent state of withdrawal. I crave making movies. I’ve been involved in 7 movies now, from small ones like this, the full length features that have been at the cinema.
2. I actually don’t think I can reveal the second thing here, it would probably ultimately be a bit selfish to do so. But it has to do with what inspires me and makes me want to be successful. All I can really say is while making that 90sec movie I fell head over heels in love. I remembered what it was like to have – Passion. Desire. Belief.

Anyways, the movies were screened for everyone to watch, and ours was a thing of beauty. (have I mentioned that already?)

The other team’s effort was a poor one. I blame new girl for that…

An awards ceremony followed, which in the end turned out to be one of those “we are all winners” affairs, and to avoid seething irritation, I’ll just say I’m happy with the awards we got (hey Simon, I got another Best Script!)

I now know what brings me happiness. I know who brings me happiness.
And it’s about time I surround myself with such things.

But don’t you worry… I still have enough anger and hate in me to keep the blogs you love to read going…


My Top 60 Soundtracks(Part 4)

August 21, 2009

Another day, another installment of my countdown…

30. Threesome
– 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
– 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
-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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 80s Rock…. to the max.
Fave Tracks: “Battle Stations”- Winger & “God Gave Rock And Roll To You II”- KISS

37. Remember The Titans
– 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
– 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
– 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)
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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

My Top 60 Soundtracks(Part 2)

August 18, 2009

sorry for the delay..
Here we go…

50. Elizabethtown
– This is one of those strange movies where i am not sure if I love it or hate it. There is every reason to love it, yet something doesnt click.
Fave Tracks: “Come Pick Me Up”- Ryan Adams, “It’s All Work Out” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

49. Pret-a-porter –
I remember picking up the soundtrack dirt cheap, and since I loved the movie thought it was a win win.
Fave Tracks: “Pretty”-Cranberries, “Here Comes The Hotstepper”- Ini Kamoze & “Lemon (Perfecto Mix) – U2

48. A Lot Like Love
– the movie that made me an Ashton Kutcher fan…such a great love story. I’m man enough to say i weep everytime.
Fave Tracks: “Trouble” – Ray LaMontagne, “Look What You’ve Done” – Jet & the eternal “Save Tonight” – Eagle Eye Cherry

47. Simon Birch
– Admittedly, I have never seen this movie…but picked up the soundtrack at a second hand store…amazing.
Fave Tracks: “Can I Get a Witness” – MArvin Gaye, “Fever” – Peggy Lee, “A Walkin’ Miracel”- The Essex

46. Beavis & Butthead Do America
– Oddly, not a fan of the series, but rather enjoyed the movie, and the OST just reeks of awesomeness.
Fave Tracks: “Love Rollercoaster” – RHCP, and the rest of the album too.

45. Varsity Blues
Varsity Blues - Soundtrack
– If if you say you didn’t enjoy the movie… you really did. Instant cult.
Fave Tracks: “Run”- Collective Soul, “My Hero”-foo Fighters & “Hot For Teacher” – Van Halen

44. Zoolander
– Sure, its the most quotable movie around, but for some reason most people don’t remember how good the OST was. I do.
Fave Tracks: “I Started A Joke” The Wallflowers, “Call Me” Nikka Costa & “Relax” – Powerman 3000.

43. Rocky Horror Picture Show
– Pure Cult Value.
Fave Tracks: Can’t Have one without the other, so whole album

42. 10 Things I Hate About You
– Such pleasant surprise this film turned out to be.
Fave Tracks: “I Want You To Want Me” – Cleo, “War” The Cardigans & “I Know” – Save Ferris

41. I Know What You Did Last Summer
– Ah the movie I argued with a film critic about… what a great debate.
Fave Tracks: “Hush” – Kula Shaker, “My Baby’s Got The Strangest Ways” – Southern Culture on the Skids & “Clumsy” – Our Lady Peace

Part 3 coming tomorrow…

My Top 60 Soundtracks

August 14, 2009

Since my early days of buying music (cassettes & LPs), one of favourite treats, was always finding a soundtrack of movies I loved.

Of course, nowadays, soundtracks are a dime a dozen, and everyone tries to cash in on it as part of the merchandising.

And I, like any good consumer sheep, oblige by buying every soundtrack I come across…shamelessly, even before seeing the movie or knowing what’s on the album.

Which means… I own a helluva lotta cr@p.
That being said… I own a truckload of cool stuff too. Which brings me to the reason for this blog.

I’ve always had a general idea of my 50 favourite movie soundtracks…but I’ve never actually taken to time to put that list to paper (MS word counts right?).

So now, I proudly bring to you my countdown of my Top 50 soundtracks. (The only rule to my list is I have to actually own the album, so if there may be the occasional title not on this list).

But why have a Top 50….when we can do a Top 60! (yes, there were 10 others I just had to include).

60. Airheads
My mom bought me this album straight after we saw the movie because I loved the it so much…I didn’t realize it would give me a taste for the heavier stuff.
Fave Tracks: “Born To Raise Hell”- Ice T, Whitfield Crane & Lemmy, and “Feed The Gods” – White Zombie

59. Coyote Ugly
This would be higher up on my list if it didn’t become so commercial. A fun movie, with a fun soundtrack. Simple equation really.
Fave Track: “Unbelievable” EMF (laugh and I’ll smack you….or at least hire someone to)

58. Disturbing Behavior

Picked this up when I was in New York, oh so many years ago…during the rebirth of Teen horror movies. Great tracklist!
Fave Tracks: “Monsterside” – Addict, “Got You Where I Want You” – The Flys, “Every Little Thing Counts” – Janus Stark

57. Daredevil
Another album that should have been higher – if certain songs didn’t fall victim to the dreaded overexposure curse. Huge modern rock selection.
Fave Tracks: “The Man Without Fear” – Drowning Pool with Rob Zombie….and yes…the Evanescence tracks.

56. The Faculty
The first of many entries from Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino. A moody effective rock album that suits the movie to a T.
Fave Tracks: “Resuscitation” – Sheryl Crow, “Maybe Someday” – Flick, “Medication” – Garbage

55. Blue Crush
There is just a coolness about this movie and the music. Almost every track takes me away an puts me in chilled little spot away from the world.
Fave Tracks: Nikka Costa – “Everybody Got Their something” & the song that introduced me to Zero 7 – “Destiny”

54. Batman Forever
Forget about the up and down spiral of the Batman movies of the 90s, they sure did produce some awesome soundtracks.
Fave Tracks: “Kiss From a Rose” – Seal (admit it you liked it too), “One Time Too Many” – PJ Harvey & “Hold me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” – U2.

53. Angus
Man this is a movie that needs to be on DVD. Angus gave fat kids everyone hope of scoring the girl.
Fave Tracks: “JAR” – Green Day, “Jack Names The Planets” – Ash, “Am I Wrong” – Love Split Love

52. Blaze of Glory (Young Guns II) Bon Jovi
Sure, its basically a Bon Jovi album, but come on….how perfect does the music work in the movie? I could listen to this all day because it reminds of scenes in the movie.
Fave Tracks: Blaze of Glory, Billy Get Your Gun.

51. Jerry Maguire
Jerry Maguire - Soundtrack
I like most of these songs individually, but for some reason the running order on this album annoys me, and that’s the only reason its not higher up.
Fave Tracks: “Secret Garden” – Bruce Springsteen, “World on a String” – Neil Young

That my first 10!
Stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon….