Tuesday, August 29, 2006

David Lynch Soundtrack Retrospective

Ask five people the meaning behind a David Lynch film and you'll get five different answers.

Senses Of Cinema article on David Lynch
"Every note of music has enough breath to carry you away and as a director, all you have to do is let the right wind blow at the right time."

"Lately I feel films are more and more like music. Music deals with abstractions and, like film, it involves time. It has many different movements, it has much contrast. And through music you learn that, in order to get a particular beautiful feeling, you have to have started far back, arranging certain things in a certain way. You can't just cut to it."
- David Lynch

Eraserhead (1977)
In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator) by Pixies

Elephant Man (1980)
Adagio For Strings
"The story of the Elephant Man was about someone who was a monster on the outside but who inside was a beautiful and normal human being you fell in love with. He was a monster who wasn't really a monster. I like human conditions that are distorted. It makes the undistorted stand out. I like psychological twists, too." - David Lynch

Blue Velvet (1987)
Blue Velvet by Bobby Vinton
Gone Ridin' by Chris Isaak
Livin' For Your Love by Chris Isaak
"I was advised by my manager at the time not to do Blue Velvet. He thought there were no redeeming qualities to the character. I said, 'Well, there's one redeeming quality and that's that everybody who's interested in film will have to see this movie.'" - Dennis Hopper

Wild At Heart (1990)
Love Me Tender by Nicholas Cage
Slaughterhouse by Powermad
Love Me by Nicholas Cage
Dark Spanish Symphony ('50 Version) by Rubber City
Cool Cat Walk by Angelo Badalamenti and Kinny Landrum
Blue Spanish Sky by Chris Isaak
Baby Please Don't Go by Them
Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent
Wicked Game (Instrumental) by Chris Isaak

Twin Peaks (1990-91)
Twin Peaks Theme
Laura Palmers Theme
Dance Of The Dream Man
"David said, 'I've got a TV show to do, and the music should be slow, dark, brooding, haunting. It should start with an anticipatory melody, then build slowly up to a climax - a climax that's slow and tears your heart out.' That became 'The Love Theme,' or 'Laura Palmer' theme of Twin Peaks. He'd say these things, and I'd just start improvising at the piano. It's not difficult for me - melodies come very easily. I still don't know what all the fuss over this music is about. Anyway, after twenty minutes of improvising and him saying, 'Play it slower-no, slower,' he said, 'That's IT, don't change a note, you've captured seventy-five percent of Twin Peaks.'" - Angelo Badalamenti (composer)

Lost Highway (1997)
I Put A Spell On You by Marilyn Manson
The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
Eye by The Smashing Pumpkins
This Magic Moment by Lou Reed
"He talked really loudly, like the guy in 'Twin Peaks' who's hard of hearing. He'd say, 'I've got a chase scene, and I'm picturing insects swarming around'. Then he'd scribble on pieces of paper and say, 'This is what I want it to sound like'."
"I went up to his house in LA a couple of times. One of the houses he owns is in 'Lost Highway'. He said, 'Let me show you this', and walked up the side of a hill. He showed me a trail of ants crawling over a piece of rotting meat on a canvas, and told me that was his latest project. That might make him sound like a pretentious cock, but he's not at all. He's like your uncle. I found myself looking at him, going, 'Jesus Christ, David Lynch!'. I've probably seen 'Blue Velvet' about 50 times, y'know?! It was like, 'He's talking to me! He created Frank Booth!'."
- Trent Reznor (NIN)

Consciousness, Creativiy & The Brain a lecture by David Lynch at UC Berkley.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Cameron Crowe Soundtrack Retrospective

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

The screenplay was written by Cameron Crowe based on his book, "Fast Times At Ridgemont High: A True Story".

According to the DVD extras, many video store owners reported that their copy of the VHS video of the film had tracking errors during Phoebe Cates's topless scene. The owners presumed this was caused by customers continually rewinding and playing the scene over and over again.

The song that is playing when Linda gets out of the pool is "Moving In Stereo" by The Cars.

The Soundtrack

There are solo songs on the soundtrack by four different members of The Eagles.
The Scene: “When it comes to makin’ out, play side one of Led Zeppelin IV”, The song that’s on in the car is “Kashmir”. Crowe explains that they were unable to license a track from Led Zeppelin IV but were offered "Kashmir" instead. They knew the problem that caused with the script but did it on purpose. (Fast Times DVD Commentary).
Goodbye, Goodbye by Oingo Boingo
Waffle Stomp by Joe Walsh
Somebody's Baby by Jackson Browne
I Don't Know by Jimmy Buffett
Raised On Radio by Ravyns

The Wild Life (1984)

The Wild Life score was written entirely by Eddie Van Halen.

Say Anything (1989)

Say Anything was Crowe’s directorial debut.
“Say Anything is one of those rare movies that has something to teach us about life. It doesn’t have a lesson or a message, but it observes its moral choices so carefully that it helps us see our own. That such intelligence could be contained in a movie that is simultaneously so funny and so entertaining is some kind of miracle.”Roger Ebert, film critic.

Classic Quote:
Loyd Dobler: “I got a question. If you guys know so much about women, how come you're here at like the Gas 'n' Sip on a Saturday night completely alone drinking beers with no women anywhere?” Joe:By choice, man.

Taste The Pain by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Skankin' To The Beat by Fishbone
You Want It by Cheap Trick
In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
Director, Cameron Crowe, couldn't find the love song he wanted until he heard Peter Gabriel’s "In Your Eyes". Gabriel asked to see part of the movie. Crowe had the production company send him an unfinished cut. Gabriel responded by saying he would let them use the song, as he liked the film. He was, however, wary about the part where the lead character overdosed at the end. It was then that Crowe realized that Gabriel had been sent a copy of Wired (1989) instead. (IMDB.com)
The song, “In Your Eyes” from Peter Gabriel was written for/ about Rosanna Arquette.

Singles (1992)

A proposed alternate title for this film was "Come As You Are", named after the song by Nirvana.
Would? by Alice In Chains
Dyslexic Heart by Paul Westerberg
State Of Love And Trust by Pearl Jam
Seasons by Chris Cornell
Breath by Pearl Jam
Chloe Dancer/ Crown Of Thorns by Mother Love Bone
Waiting For Somebody by Paul Westerberg
Special thank you goes out to Heather for supplying the "Singles" soundtrack.

Jerry Maguire (1996)

Two Paul McCartney instrumentals are used in the movie, "Momma Miss America" and "Singalong Junk", both from the 1970 album "McCartney." Crowe received McCartney's permission without ever having met him, instead sending a tape of the film to the latter's office. The two would actually meet for the first time five years later in L.A., and the result of that meeting was McCartney composing the title song to Vanilla Sky (2001), which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
Secret Garden by Bruce Springsteen

Almost Famous (2000)

The film is director Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical account of life as a young Rolling Stone reporter. The actual group that Crowe first toured with was The Allman Brothers. (Gregg Allman was the one who distrusted him and kept asking if he was a narc.) Crowe's real-life near-fatal plane crash happened while traveling with The Who.
At the party, when he is on acid, Russell Hammond cries out, "I am a Golden God!" This is a reference to Robert Plant of the band Led Zeppelin, who is purported to have said the same thing (sober) while looking over Sunset Strip from a hotel balcony.
Cameron Crowe says he got Billy Crudup's line: "Well, yeah, on my better days, I am Russell from Stillwater," directly from John Cusack's response to a girl in a bar who asked, "Aren't you Lloyd Dobler?" (his character in Say Anything... (1989))
Fever Dog
Love Thing
Chance Upon You
Love Comes And Goes
Hour Of Need
You Had To Be There
Tiny Dancer by Elton John

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Vanilla Sky by Paul McCartney
Porpoise Song by the Monkees
"Porpoise Song" was the theme song from the Monkees' movie "Head", directed by Jack Nicholson.
Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel
Svefn-G-Englar by Sigur Ros
Lead singer Jon Thor Birgisson shot footage in their swimming pool that they use as a visual aid for their concerts. Cameron Crowe used some of the footage in "Vanilla Sky"

Elizabethtown by Heather

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

John Hughes Soundtrack Retrospective

John Hughes, writer/ director, is the master of the teen movie. Growing up during the 80's I was drawn in by the Hughes movie magic. Make movies about teenagers, for teenagers. That formula never failed. I took a Vacation with the Griswolds, celebrated a birthday with Samantha, spent a Saturday in detention with the Breakfast Club, took a day off with Ferris Bueller and made a girl with Wyatt and Gary. Over the last twenty - three years I've seen them all over and over again retaining the same magic each time. I can quote most of them faster than the drop of a hat. So today I decided to do some research and relive some fond memories. The one thing that never really got Hughes credit was his knack for crafting the perfect soundtrack. A Hughes movie had a killer soundtrack, an eclectic mix of music picked to craft the movie rather than sell soundtracks.

National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). The Griswolds hilarious story of their road trip from Chicago to Wally World Theme Park in California. This one was only written by John Hughes based on his short story titled, "Vacation '58," which was loosely based on a real life trip he took as a child.
"Holiday Road" by Lindsey Buckingham
"Blitzkrieg Bop" by The Ramones
The first single ever released by the Ramones, November 1975.

Sixteen Candles (1984)
There were probably ten truly landmark teen oriented movies in the 80's... John Hughes directed or wrote probably half of them. With "Sixteen Candles" he did both. (Fast-Rewind.com)
Soundtrack is long out of print having been issued by MCA.
"If You Were Here" by the Thompson Twins
"Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol
"Happy Birthday" by Altered Images
"Young Americans" by David Bowie
"Lenny" by Stevie Ray Vaughn
How can you not picture a pizza on a turntable when you hear this song!
"Geek Boogie" by Ira Newborn and the Geeks
"Wild Sex In The Working Class" by Oingo Boingo
"Turning Japanese" by the Vapors

"True" by Spandau Ballet
"Sixteen Candles" by The Stray Cats
originally a billboard chart hit for The Crests in 1958.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

The original and best "Brat Pack" movie!
"Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds
"Don't You" was originally written for the film by Keith Forsey, Billy Idol and Bryan Ferry turned down the offers to record it first
"Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Billy Idol

Weird Science (1985)

John Huges wrote the movies screenplay in only two days!

"Eighties" by Killing Joke
Weird Science" by Oingo Boingo
Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo is now a world class film composer working steadily with Tim Burton
"(Oh) Pretty Woman" by Van Halen
"(Oh) Pretty Woman" was in the theatrical release of the film and was later removed from the T.V and VHS versions
"Tenderness" by General Public

Pretty In Pink (1986)

"If You Leave" by OMD
Orchestral Manuevers in the Dark originally wrote "Goddess of Love" for the movies end. However, the song seemed too redundant so "If You Leave" was recorded and used instead. As "If You Leave" was not done yet, the prom goers actually danced to "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from the Breakfast Club

"Pretty In Pink" by The Psychedelic Furs
The song that inspired the movie. Molly Ringwald first told Hughes about the song and it stuck with him.
"Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" by The Smiths
The Dream Academy's instrumental version of this Smith's song is heard in the art museum scene of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

The soundtrack was never released. John Hughes felt that it didn't work together as a compilation, the only ones that exist were given to the studio musicians who worked on the recordings.

"Danke Schoen" by Wayne Newton
"Danke Schoen appears multiple times during the film. Ferris actually sings the song in his shower and Principal Rooney hums it when ringing Bueller's doorbell
"Bad" by Big Audio Dynamite
"Love Missile F1-11" by Sigue Sigue Sputnik This single reached number two on the British charts.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed Interview on Howard Stern

Just in time for their new reality show on A&E, Family Jewels.
Part One/Part Two/Part Three/Part Four

Friday, August 04, 2006

Audioslave Live

Chris Cornell was on the radio the other day discussing the new Audioslave CD. Although, I have only heard the lead single I'm greatly anticipating this one. ( I read that Cornell is doing the theme song to the new James Bond flick)
Audioslave Live 2005 MP3