Monday, August 09, 2004


A BBC straw poll released yesterday showed the The Blues Brothers movie to have the most popular movie soundtrack in Great Britain.

Runner-ups included the soundtracks for Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting, Saturday Night Fever and Dirty Dancing.

I'm not a British straw voter, but here's some of my favorite soundtracks:

Repo Man: Some great mid 80s L.A. punk rock including "Agent Secreto" and "La Bamba" by The Plugz, "When the Shit Hits the Fan"
by The Circle Jerks, "TV Party Tonight" by Black Flag and a super bitchen title song by Iggy ("... pages from a comic book/A chicken hangin' from a hook/I didn't get fucked and I didn't get kissed/I got so fucking pissed ...)

House of 10,000 Corpses: compiled by Rob Zombie and mainly has his trademark ghoul metal, but also includes oddball cuts by Buck Owens, Slim Whitman and Helen "Betty Boop" Kane.

The Horse Whisperer: never saw the movie, but it's got Don Walser singing "Big Ball's in Cowtown," Iris DeMent doing Johnny Horton's "Whispering Pines" and the song that led to The Flatlanders' reunion, "The South Wind of Summer.

Wild at Heart: It's got "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaacs and "Baby Please Don't Go" by Them, but best of all is a long, weird Bizarro-
World David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti blues "Up in Flames" sung by Koko Taylor. Not to mention not one but two Elvis songs sung by future (short-time) Elvis son-in-law Nicolas Cage. (Speaking of Lynch and Badalamenti, I love both Twin Peaks soundtracks, the one for the TV show and the one for the movie, which wasn't nearly as bad as most critics said it was.)

And don't forget some obvious ones like, The Harder They Come, the album that introduced reggae to millions of people back in the '70s, O Brother Where Art Thou?, which was so important to the movie it should have been nominated for best supporting actor.

And then, of course, there's a whole sub-category -- soundtracks of concert films, some of my favorites being The Last Waltz, Only the Strong Survive, Down From The Mountain, The Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense, Tom Waits' The Big Time, Laurie Anderson's Home of The Brave, and Sign O The Times by Prince.

Feel free to use the comments button to list some of your favorite soundtracks

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