The year was 1990 and the musical landscape was about to change. The youth of that era was full of angst and just waiting to explode. Before the “Seattle Sound” became the soundtrack to many lives, there was a film that helped to bring awareness to what was going on, and that film was Pump Up The Volume. Not only was that film poignant for what it dealt with in terms of suicide, depression and general teenage angst but, the soundtrack that accompanied it was absolutely stellar. The soundtrack includes songs by Concrete Blonde, Bad Brains with Henry Rollins, The Pixies, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth and so many other great bands. The official released soundtrack leaves off a plethora of other gems like, “Scenario” by the Beastie Boys. Christian Slater’s character explains this when he introduces it on the air saying, “Now here’s a song from my close personal buddies, the Beastie Boys…a song that was so controversial they couldn’t put it on their first album.”
Take a few moments to revel in a great soundtrack. And take some time to watch the movie as well. It’s a great film, that still holds and still hits the mark with it’s message. Also on a side note, the film is directed by Allan Moyle, who also did Empire Records!
The other night, I couldn’t sleep and as I was flipping through the channels, I saw Airheads was just starting. It’s really fun to go back and watch movies you saw years ago, and see how much things have changed or haven’t. Airheads is still a fun movie, especially the scenes involving Lemmy. As I was watching, I realized how cool the soundtrack is. Featuring songs from Motorhead, White Zombie, Prong, Primus, Ramones and Anthrax, the soundtrack to Airheads is flush with 90’s rock and metal. And who can forget the name of the band… THE LONE RANGERS… “wait a minute, you can’t pluralize The Lone Ranger.”
We all know that feeling of watching a movie and noticing, wow, the music they picked for this is perfect. I really feel that way about the soundtrack for Dazed and Confused. Every song picked is perfect and really fits the vibe of the film. Having a soundtrack with Black Sabbath, Kiss, Deep Purple, and Lynyrd Skynyrd is tremendous enough. Then you add some other gems like “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith, and the most excellent “Stranglehold” by Lord Douche, Ted Nugent. Ok I’m done rambling on and on. Take a listen to one of the best soundtracks, and then later on go watch the movie!
As you all can tell I’m relishing the fact that the 90’s are starting to come back in a big way. From album and film anniversaries, bands that are finally getting their due, and the all around general vibe that it brought out of people. There was no sense of entitlement like kids now. We all fought for what we wanted and believed in. To quote the movie in which I’m writing about “Damn The Man! Save The Empire”
Empire Records came out in 1995 to very little fanfare. In fact it was slammed by critics and it bombed while in theaters. Though over the years this movie has become a genuine cult classic. The soundtrack that accompanied the movie was fantastic. The soundtrack album featured tracks by Better Than Ezra, Cracker, The Cranberries, Evan Dando (of The Lemonheads), Toad the Wet Sprocket, Gin Blossoms and The Martinis (featuring former Pixies members Joey Santiago and Dave Lovering). One of the more intriguing notes about the film and soundtrack was the inclusion of Coyote Shivers, who played aspiring musician turned store clerk Berko in the film. Coyote became involved in the Empire Records by virtue of being the stepfather of Liv Tyler, Shivers being then married to Tyler’s mother Bebe Buell. The soundtrack album peaked at #63 on the album chart.There were also plenty of other songs featured in the movie that didn’t get included on the soundtrack release. Bands like Quicksand, Gwar, ACDC, Sponge, Suicidal Tendencies, Dishwalla, and many many more.
Do yourself a favor, and go home and watch this movie and revel in the songs that accompany your youth!