I’m not a movie person, for the most part, because music, books, and television seem to dominate my entertainment preferences. I have about thirty flicks that I love, then after that, two hours is a way too much time for my attention deficit mind to deal. In less than 45 minutes I can hear a brilliant album. I’m a fast reader so in a weekend, I can blow through a novel. But when I do find a movie I enjoy, it’s usually because of the music.
For this week’s Twisted Mixtape Tuesday from my dear musical friend and colleague at www.raisedontheradio.com and her place www.jenkehl.com we listing songs we would’ve never heard had it not been for movie soundtracks.
Psychotic Reaction by Count Five – Drugstore Cowboy. I talked about his song in my 1960s Twisted Mixtape a few weeks ago. It’s a brilliant garage band, pre-punk classic. But I didn’t hear it for the first time until 1989, 24 years after it was recorded, because it was on the Drugstore Cowboy soundtrack.
Everybody Knows by Concrete Blonde – Pump Up The Volume. Yeah, I know, the cheesy Christian Slater as renegade DJ movie? It had Concrete Blonde, Wave of Mutilation by the Pixies, Henry Rollins & Bad brains doing Kick Out The Jams, Sonic Youth, Soundgareden, and Cowboy Junkie doing a Robert Johnson song. The soundtrack is amazing.
Dyslexic Heart by Paul Westerberg – Singles. Look, EVERY song on the Singles soundtrack is a masterpiece. Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam’s best early song – State of Love in Trust, Drwon by Smashing Pumpkins, and even Paul’s other song Waiting For Somebody is terrific. But Dyslexic Heart is a personal theme song for me. If you don’t on the Singles soundtrack, that’s a YOU problem.
Stay by Lisa Loeb – Reality Bites. None of us would’ve heard this song without the movie. Lisa was an unsigned artist living next to movie star Ethan Hawke in New York City. He delivered her demo tape to director Ben Stiller and less than a year later she became the first person ever to hit number one on the billboard charts as an indie musician. Her story is real life Rocky Balboa.
Natural One by Folk Implosion – Kids. Disturbing movie I wish I’d never seen but it had a decent soundtrack highlighted by an indie back known for being weird and different. I bought in. This is an underrated 1990s classic.
Have You Seen Mary by Sponge – Chasing Amy. I like Detroit band Sponge’s debut album, Rotting Pinata, in 1994, but their follow up, Wax Ecstatic was a disappointment except for this song which I first heard on the Chasing Amy soundtrack.
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