Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Soundtrack Jukebox Vol. 1

Inspired by my compadre, Rupert, I've put together a mix of favorite songs written for, or strongly associated with, a particular film. In some cases, the song was released on a proper LP at or around the same time as the film it was used in. So as to retain some semblance of focus, I am not including score tracks...that is for another set of jukebox selections. These are mostly songs that were not in regular radio rotation and, if they were, they have not transitioned into "oldies" or "classic rock" playlists. I have many favorites that were and remain big hits, but am eschewing those here in favor of some "cult" favorites.

I have listed prominent composers where they had a role in writing the tune and the original composer / artists in the case of a cover version.

In no particular order (feel free to shuffle):

1. "Drifting and Dreaming" - Valerie Carter, White Line Fever
2. "I Am the Future" - Alice Cooper, Class of 1984 (Lalo Schifrin)
3. "But I Might Die Tonight" - Cat Stevens, Deep End
4. "The Good Times Are Comin'" - Mama Cass, Monte Walsh (John Barry)
5. "Cosmopolitan" - Joe Jackson, Mike's Murder
6. "Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride)" - Don Felder, Heavy Metal
7. "Night Shift" - Quarterflash, Night Shift (Burt Bacharach)
8. "Number One" - Chaz Jankel, Real Genius
9. "Help Me Make It Through the Night" - Kris Kristofferson, Fat City
10. "In the City" - Joe Walsh, The Warriors
11. "Loco De Amor (Crazy For Love)" - David Byrne y Celia Cruz, Something Wild
12. "Phantom's Theme (Beauty and the Beast)" - Paul Williams, Phantom of the Paradise
13. "Goodbye Horses" - Q. Lazzarus, Married to the Mob / The Silence of the Lambs
14. "Why Is It So Hard?" - Talk Talk, Firstborn
15. "They Won't Get Me" - Roger Miller, Superman III (Giorgio Moroder)
16. "Johnny and Mary" - Tina Turner, Summer Lovers (Robert Palmer)
17. "This Day Belongs to Me" - Seals & Crofts, One on One (Charles Fox / Paul Williams)
18. "Gold" - Jimmy Helms, Gold (Elmer Bernstein)
19. "Thank God It's Friday" - Love and Kisses, Thank God It's Friday
20. "Deep Down" - Christy, Danger: Diabolik (Ennio Morricone)
21. "To Live and Die in L.A." - Wang Chung, To Live and Die in L.A.
22. "Love Kills" - Freddie Mercury, Metropolis (Giorgio Moroder)
23. "It's So Easy" - Willy DeVille, Cruising
24. "Thief of Hearts" - Melissa Manchester, Thief of Hearts (Giorgio Moroder)
25. "Tonight Is What It Means to Be Young" - Fire, Inc., Streets of Fire (Jim Steinman)
26. "Turn Out the Night" - Amy Holland, Scarface (Giorgio Moroder)
27. "Sex Crime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)" - Eurythmics, 1984
28. "Argomenti (The Burglars)" - Astrud Gilberto, The Burglars (Ennio Morricone)
29. "Surrender" - Cheap Trick, Over the Edge
30. "Bit By Bit" - Stephanie Mills, Fletch (Harold Faltermeyer)
31. "Blue Balloon (The Hourglass Song)" - Robby Benson, Jeremy (Joseph Brooks)
32. "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" - David Bowie, Cat People (Giorgio Moroder)


Her, Suzanne76 said...

good ones.

a few of mine that come to mind:

-"Porque te Vas"- Jeanette, CRIA CUERVOS

-"Le Chanson de Slogan"- Serge Gainsbourg + Jane Birkin, SLOGAN

-"Am I Black Enough for You?"- Schoolly D, KING OF NEW YORK

-"It Could Have Been Me"-?Gerri Thomas?, WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR?

-"Dancing in Heaven (orbital Be-Bop)- Q Feel, GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN

-"Blank Generation"- Richard Hell and the Voidoids, BLANK GENERATION

-"Prisoner"- Barbra Streisand, The Eyes of Laura Mars


J.D. said...

Good to see STREETS OF FIRE and FLETCH represented! Both are personal faves of mine as well. Also good to see REAL GENIUS represented. I can't believe that they never released an official soundtrack album!

Ned Merrill said...


Ah, "Prisoner"...I forgot that one! There's a few on your list that I don't know. Love "Blank Generation," though I don't usually associate it with the Lommel film.


Yes, I know of your affinity for FLETCH and STREETS OF FIRE! Yes, REAL GENIUS is one of the better soundtracks to not be officially released.