Monday, April 25, 2011

Permanent Midnight.....various artists (1998)

The story of former television writer Jerry Stahl (Alf, thirtysomething, Moonlighting) who descends into heroin addiction as his career soars, Permanent Midnight, starring Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Hurley, and Janeane Garofalo, boasts a moody, psychedelicized soundtrack with favored alterna-rockers Girls Against Boys, Art Alexakis of Everclear, and British darlings Gomez, who deliver the quite effective "Get Miles" from their debut album. Prodigy's controversial "Smack My Bitch Up" makes an appearance, as does Moby, but the real highlights belong to Spiritualized, whose "Take Your Time" perfectly complements the tragic, dark mood, and Black Lab, who add the '80s Goth-sounding "Horses" to the proceedings. A mixture of previously released tracks (usually from Geffen acts) and originals written specifically for the movie (Spring Heel Jack's "A Permanent Theme"), the PM soundtrack captures a world in permanent hyperspace, where glitches in the electronic medium communicate alienation stronger than the singer/songwriters who attempt to hit it dead-on. --Rob O'Connor (Amazon review)

1. Now Is The Time (Permanent Midnight Mix) - The Crystal Method
2. EPR - Girls Against Boys
3. Get Miles - Gomez
4. Horses - Black Lab
5. Permanent Midnight - Free Radical
6. Overwhelming - Art Alexakis
7. Cigarette - Lael Alderman
8. Godspeed - BT
9. Honey - Moby
10. A Permanent Theme - Spring Heel Jack
11. Smack My Bitch Up - Prodigy
12. Take Your Time - Spiritualized
13. Tape Loop (Diabolical Brother Mix) - Morcheeba
14. Free Ride - Embrace

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Something Wild...various artists...1986

One of those fun and eclectic soundtracks from the 1980's that just makes you want to get up and dance. There were actually many more songs in the movie itself but only ten made it on the album. Just check out the artists and tracks........another lost and forgotten gem!

1. Loco De Amor (Crazy For Love) - David Y Celia
2. Ever Fallen In Love - Fine Young Cannibals
3. Zero, Zero Seven Charlie - UB40
4. Not My Slave - Oingo Boingo
5. You Don't Have To Cry - Jimmy Cliff
6. With You Or Without You - Steve Jones
7. Highlife - Sonny Okossun
8. Man With A Gun - Jerry Harrison
9. Temptation - New Order
10. Wild Thing - Sister Carol

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Young Einstein....A Serious Motion Picture (and soundtrack!)

This movie and it's soundtrack were one if the biggest hits of the late 1980's (in Australia at least) and made Yahoo Serious a household name. The soundtrack features the cream of Australian talent including Mental As Anything, Paul Kelly, The Saints, Icehouse and The Models. It was originally released on vinyl and the CD version has now become scarce. A real treat for Australian music fans.

1. Yahoo Serious - Rock And Roll Music
2. Mental As Anything - Rock And Roll Music
3. Saints - The Music Goes Round My Head
4. Yahoo Serious And Lulu - Who Can You Trust? Main Theme
5. Paul Kelly And The Messengers - Dumb Things
6. Big Pig - Hungry Town
7. Icehouse - Great Southern Land
8. Song Company - Great Big Brain
9. Yahoo Serious - The Tasmanian
10. Models - I Hear Motion
11. Yahoo Serious - Theory Of Relativity
12. Stems - At First Sight
13. No Artist - A Fist Full Of Scientists
14. Lime Spiders - Weirdo Libido
15. Yahoo Serious - Young Einstein Pacifist

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dead Man Walking...(1996) from and inspired by the motion picture

A collection of simple emotional songs, unforgettable for those who saw the movie, and also for those who did not. The two titles from Eddie Vedder and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan are extraordinary. The songs not only accompany the movie, they also haunt it. All the tracks are meaningful and well worth the listen...a rare collection of superb music.

1. Dead Man Walkin' - Bruce Springsteen
2. In Your Mind - Johnny Cash
3. Woman On The Tier (I'll See You Through) - Suzanne Vega
4. Promises - Lyle Lovett
5. The Face Of Love - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan With Eddie Vedder
6. The Fall Of Troy - Tom Waits
7. Quality Of Mercy - Michelle Shocked
8. Dead Man Walking (A Dream Like This) - Mary Chapin Carpenter
9. Walk Away - Tom Waits
10. Ellis Unit One - Steve Earle
11. Walkin Blind - Patti Smith
12. The Long Road - Eddie Vedder With Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan