Sunday, September 13, 2009

My Favorite Movie Soundtracks

Everyone likes movies. And movies wouldn't be nearly as good if they didn't have music in them. Some movies use music to truly enhance the film. And sometimes, the music in a film is the best part of said film. And usually when a movie comes out, the music in that movie is compiled and put on an album, and that album is released along with the movie. Those albums are called "soundtracks." A good soundtrack is fun to listen to separate from the movie. These are all very good soundtracks. (As you can tell, I'm tired and don't feel like writing anything of substance or prestige.) Here are my top twenty. (I'm not including any Beatles soundtracks because we've had enough Beatles this week.)

1. Purple Rain
Music by: Prince & The Revolution

2. Super Fly
Curtis Mayfield

3. Pulp Fiction
Dick Dale, Al Green, Dusty Springfield, et. al.
"Pumpkin & Honey Bunny/Misirlou" by Dick Dale & The Del-Tones

4. O Brother Where Art Thou?
The Soggy Bottom Boys, Alison Krauss, John Hartford, et. al.
"I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" by The Soggy Bottom Boys

5. The Big Lebowski
Bob Dylan, Captain Beefheart, Gipsy Kings, et. al.
"The Man In Me" by Bob Dylan

6. Repo Man
Iggy Pop, The Circle Jerks, The Plugz, et. al.
"Repo Man" by Iggy Pop

7. Reservoir Dogs
Stealers Wheel, Joe Tex, George Baker, et. al.

8. Easy Rider
Steppenwolf, Roger McGuinn, The Holy Modal Rounders, et. al.
"The Pusher" by Steppenwolf

9. Performance
Mick Jagger, Ry Cooder, Jack Nitzsche, et. al.
"Memo From Turner" by Mick Jagger

10. A Clockwork Orange
Wendy Carlos

11. The Royal Tennenbaums
Nico, Mark Mothersbaugh, Paul Simon, et. al.
"These Days" by Nico

12. Aguirre: The Wrath Of God
Popol Vuh

13. Lost In Translation
Kevin Shields, Phoenix, The Jesus & Mary Chain, et. al.
"City Girl" by Kevin Shields

14. Morvern Callar
Holger Czukay/Can, Aphex Twin, The Velvet Underground, et. al.
"Cool In The Pool" by Holger Czukay

15. Paris, Texas
Ry Cooder
"Paris, Texas" (It's a cover, but a good one)

16. Goldfinger
Shirley Bassey and John Barry
"Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey

17. Bottle Rocket
The Proclaimers, Rene Touzet, Mark Mothersbaugh, et. al.
"Over And Done With" by The Proclaimers

18. Crumb
Scott Jolin, Geechie Wiley, Joseph Lamb, et. al.
"Wall Street Rag" by Scott Joplin (another cover, but another good one)

19. Fitzcarraldo
Popol Vuh, Caruso, Verdi, et. al.
"Wehe Khorazin" by Popol Vuh

20. Napoleon Dynamite
When In Rome, John Swihart, Jamiroquai, et. al.
"The Promise" by When In Rome

That's what I think. It's interesting how most of these soundtracks are more memorable than the films themselves.

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