The Breakfast Club is one of the best films to come out of the 80’s and it’s also one of the most poignant films of a generation. It’s one of those films that as time goes on, it will always be highly regarded and looked upon with acclaim. The story, the script, the performances in the movie are all stunning. As much as those elements make up a truly great film, the soundtrack that accompanied it was just as important, especially the song “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds.
While scoring the film, Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff wrote the song with the band Simple Minds in mind to perform the song. Originally the band turned down the opportunity to record the song so it was then offered to Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry as well as Billy Idol but, they too declined. According to Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr, the band didn’t want to do the song based on the feeling that “they should only record their own material. “We are Simple Minds – we don’t do songs that sound like Simple Minds. We are Simple Minds. We do our own songs.” After much persuasion from their record label as well as The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde (who was also married to Jim Kerr at the time), Simple Minds finally agreed.
This song was played twice in the film (the beginning and end) and it’s played such a pivitol role in the message of the film. It’s also worth noting that the band opted not to include the song on their album Once Upon A Time, which they were working on at the same time. Thus making it exclusive to the soundtrack. However in 1992, it did appear on the bands best of.
Back in 1996, one of the biggest movies of the year was Beavis and Butthead Do America. I still remember seeing that movie countless times with my childhood best friend. It was and still is one hell of a funny movie. One of the coolest parts of the movie was the soundtrack. In particular the song that White Zombie contributed to it entitled “Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls.” Even the scene in which it’s featured is superb and super trippy. This White Zombie song was also the last thing the band would release before they broke up.
White Zombie- Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls:
The Wedding Singer is one of those movies that no matter when it’s on, it’s always a fun movie to watch. It’s aged well and the jokes are still funny. One other thing about the movie that has always been great is the music. The 80’s had some really good music and some that was well, lets just say, it was crap. One of the fun parts of The Wedding Singer was the ability for them to poke some fun at the music of the time. Either way, the soundtrack to the movie is a classic and it’s perfect for your 80’s themed parties or when you just want to have a good time. Songs by David Bowie, New Order, The Psychedelic Furs, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, and Billy Idol are just a few of the greats that appear on the soundtrack. Plus the two songs that Adam Sandler sing in the film are included and both of those are actually quite well done, especially “Somebody Kill Me.”
The End of Days soundtrack is a great example of a soundtrack that is way better than the movie. The soundtrack features many songs that are b-sides or previously unreleased. Korn’s contribution is a track entitled “Camel Song.” This was recorded during the Follow The Leader sessions and it only appears on this soundtrack.
Take a trip back to 1985 with me. Miami Vice (which is one of my top 5 all time favorite TV shows ever) is taking over the small screen and captivating audiences. Part of what made the show great besides the writing, acting, costumes, cars, and setting was the music on the show. Those in charge of picking the music for the show had a real knack for picking the perfect songs. The first soundtrack released for the show back in 1985 featured some great songs including “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins and two songs by Glenn Frey of the Eagles, “Smuggler’s Blues” and my personal favorite “You Belong To The City.” Glenn’s songs were written specifically for the show, in particular the episode entitled Prodigal Son, which Glenn had a small part in. This song (along with Jan Hammer’s theme) helped to propel the soundtrack to the top spot on the Billboard charts for 11 weeks.
One of the best things about movies set during specific times is the music that is chosen. I’ve always felt that if you can nail the look of the time, than you had best make sure you get the sounds right as well. It’s sort of funny to think about but, also not surprising that one of the best soundtracks ever also came out in 1994. I’m telling you, 1994 was beyond a magical year. The soundtrack I’m speaking of is for Forrest Gump. As you know, the film takes place across a few decades and the music chosen to represent those years is absolutely perfect. You’ve got selections from Elvis Presley, The Four Tops, Creedence Clearwater Revivial, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, The Supremes, Bob Segar & The Silver Bullet Band, Harry Nielsson, etc. This soundtrack really is exquisite. Even the rest of the songs in the film not included on the soundtrack were great. Songs by Fleetwood Mac, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Canned Heat and Jackson Browne really bring it all together. Even the score for the film by Alan Silvestri was perfect. The soundtrack to Forrest Gump is one of those that will always be recognized and rightfully so.
Oh the 90’s, what a great time for music. Just like our parents had the 60’s and 70’s, we had the 90’s. The music and films at the time were totally representative of the changing culture. There were a few filmmakers like Richard Linklater and Kevin Smith that really dialed in on that. One such film which has now garnered a cult following, is Kevin Smith’s Mallrats. Not only was the movie funny and zeroed in on the culture, the soundtrack that accompanied it was pretty damn good. There was one song on it that I will always remember and that was Bush’s “Bubbles.” This song was released only on the soundtrack for Mallrats, though it now can be found on an expanded edition of the bands second album Razorblade Suitcase (which is quite a great album as well). Anyways, check out this song and enjoy!
Bush- Bubbles (from Mallrats):