Monday, June 2, 2014
Movie Monday - the soundtracks edition
You guys, I've mentioned the soundtrack as a reason why a certain movie is awesome an awful lot over the past couple of years worth of Movie Monday posts. So it seemed appropriate that I dedicate a post to my favourite soundtracks.
First of all, let's start by saying that I'm not talking here about my favourite scores. We'll talk about my favourite scores next week. And musicals or movies where the majority of the soundtrack is sung by the performers (Pitch Perfect, for example) don't count either. I'll cover THOSE in a separate post too. Because of reasons. I'm also not talking about the songs that they select FROM the overall soundtrack to compile into an album, because without fail my favourite song from the soundtrack is NEVER on the album. So basically, I'm talking about every single song that's used in the movie.
So. To my favourite soundtracks, which are listed in no particular order:
We had this soundtrack on cassette tape when I was a kid and it was on high rotation in the car, so I knew all the songs YEARS before I'd ever seen the movie. And it. is. fabulous. If you don't love this soundtrack, I'm not entirely sure we can be friends any more...
Admittedly, part of the reason why I love this is the score. Which is sort of cheating. But unlike the other movies that will be going on the scores list, the soundtrack is largely dominated by non-score music. And the music just makes the movie so perfectly.
Oh my God, THIS SOUNDTRACK. I adore absolutely everything about it. Even the Rex Manning nonsense.
Yes, it's a total cheesefest from start to finish. But I have such an irrational soft spot for this utterly ridiculous soundtrack. And if you haven't blasted Danger Zone while doing 110km/h on a roadtrip, then you're missing out. Also, you should definitely watch the first like 30 seconds of that video if only for the hilarious hair.
Okay, so it's not the greatest movie in the world, despite my undying adoration of it. BUT. The soundtrack? Is an ABSOLUTELY PERFECT roadtrip soundtrack. Every single song just works, and I love everything about it.
Can't Hardly Wait
There are some truly phenomenal songs on the soundtrack of this largely forgotten 90s end-of-high-school teen drama-dy. Including, but not limited to, Guns n Roses, Yazoo, Barry Manilow, Blink-182, Dire Straits, and Smashmouth. It's kind of insanely all over the place, and it's brilliant.
A Knight's Tale
How can you not love the soundtrack of this movie? I mean, seriously. It's so fabulously tied into what's happening on screen even though it makes literally no sense for knights in armour to be jousting to songs from the 1970s. HONEY BADGER DON'T CARE, YO.
School of Rock
There is so much awesome 70s and 80s rock on this soundtrack. Including one of the few uses of Led Zeppelin, like, EVER. I'm not a Zeppelin fan, much to my younger brother's eternal chagrin. But the use of The Immigrant Song is perfect.
Scotty Doesn't Know is solid gold awesome. Add in David Hasselhoff, some fabulous cover songs and a little Europop and you've got yourself one hell of an awesome soundtrack.
The original 1984 version, obviously. And yes, more Kenny Loggins. With added Bonnie Tyler! What more could you want?
What are your favourite soundtracks?