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


Blogger heather said...

My dear sir, this is a lovely post and a lovely idea, as I love Cameron Crowe. But may I protest the grievous exclusion of all the other good songs on the Singles soundtrack? Possibly my favorite soundtrack ever, but I guess that's just me.


August 27, 2006 1:57 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Thanks for some good memories (and a few bad ones)... Gotta go rent Singles again.

August 28, 2006 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great stuff. check out the official site at www.cameroncrowe.com

August 31, 2006 2:23 PM  

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