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Hey hey!

I was thinking about John Marks' article about recordings that have become part of the fabric of American life, and I was thinking back to when movie soundtracks made that transition from either a rehash of a musical or an hour of atmospherics into the modern form of music compilation that they seem to be now.

First, I thought it was the soundtrack to FM, but Saturday Night Fever preceeded it by a year.

No questioning the epic (unfortunate) impact that disc had on the American music scene, including a significant over-all social/style influence; but Mr. Marks requested we list discs that we actually enjoy listening to - which takes Saturday Night Fever right off my list.

So, my fallback is still FM.

It had two good Linda Ronstadt cuts, "Tumblin' Dice" and "Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me."

The Joe Walsh cut is good, as is Steely Dan's contribution.

Plus, this was maybe the first movie I can recall where the soundtrack was actually the vehicle that carried the movie.

Anyhow, anyone else have some favorite soundtracks that they keep around based purely on musical enjoyment?

I'll add the soundtrack to Something Wild as my favorite all around soundtrack, popular style music, with Zero Effect not far behind.

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Re: Woo Hoo! Page 3! After only 18 months! OK, how about "Soundt

Oops!

Guess I was wrong about page three.

Maybe next thread?

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Anyhow, anyone else have some favorite soundtracks that they keep around based purely on musical enjoyment?

I love the soundtrack to Pieces of April. It's all Stephin Merrit-related material.

And the Brokeback Mountain soundtrack is really beautiful, I think.

Also, when I was a kid, I had the soundtrack to Rocky on vinyl. Eye of the Tiger! That was killer.

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Buddha,

FM - good call. I had a high school buddy who had the LP and we would spin that one several times over at his place.

I currently have 3 (all LPs):

The Right Stuff (really original stuff - ha!)
The Mission
The Untouchables

I'm too busy to check out movies these days, but I'm sure something will move me to hand over my hard earned money.

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I agree, FM is a good choice for the John Marks' list, but I would also add the Heavy Metal and Fast Times At Ridgemont High soundtracks. All three of these soundtracks do a very good job of capturing the feel of the time period (78, 81 & 82) and becoming a part of the film. I know I personally wore out two cassette dubs of the Heavy Metal soundtrack in my car deck while in high school.

But I think American Graffiti really hits the mark. It contains tons of great music and definitely is a part of the film.

For out right fun, it's hard to beat the Rocky Horror Picture Show or Pulp Fiction. As a matter of fact, Quentin Tarantino has a knack for fun soundtracks, Kill Bill (1 & 2) are good, too. Not list worthy, but still very enjoyable.

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The soundtrack to The Royal Tennenbaums was a fantastic integral part of the movie, with other semi-recent nods going to Magnolia (Aimee Mann) and The Virgin Suicides.

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Until The End of the World.... a Wim Wenders film that was a true waste of time. But the soundtrack had so many memorable moments... the soundtrack from Friday Night Lights is also pretty damned good, but only time will tell how it will age.

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I really like "The Harder They Come".

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