Back in the day movie music used to be not much but Miklos Roza and Ben Hur kind of things. Then “Blackboard Jungle” with “Rock Around the Clock” and Elvis changed all of that; for the better I think.
I think it was Frank Zappa who pointed out that the best thing about “Blackboard Jungle” and Elvis in the movies was that there weren’t any parents yelling to turn it down! No wonder some theaters reported riots and switch blade vandalism.
So this collection is nothing but a mess of music from TV shows and movies. I hope some of it is surprising and all of it fun in a Big Beat way. Odd to me is that pop music has pretty much taken over the media. I mean, you can take almost any reasonable song and find out some show or movie has used it. Alan Arkush took this to its peak or its nadir with “Crossing Jordan”, and then David Chase and T Bone Burnett turned the quirky pop song soundtrack into its own growing genre. It also makes some embarrassing moments such as a review of the newer Fantastic Four movie where this person said the most exciting moment of the movie was recognizing a fave tune in Invisible Girl’s ear buds!
This stuff isn’t like that. Like I said, it’s intended to be fun and you can dance to it. I can’t think of any reason you wouldn’t want to do that.
I’ve tended to use cover versions, just because they tend to be less mawkish than the originals and a bit more fun. One exception is “Love Is All Around” which Wet Wet Wet turned into a massive hit for “Notting Hill” by adding strings and aspartame to the max, then singing it in a smooth smooth tenor. I prefer the original which is sung by a dazed punk who just a few months before just wanted to do the “Wild Thing” with, probably, the same girl.
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – Los Plantronics
Sing, Sing, Sing – Flat Duo Jets
Batusi A-Go! Go! – Or – (I Shouldn’t Wish To Attract Attention) – Nelson Riddle
Ben – Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
Stand – REM
Cry Me A River – Jeff Beck
The Lonely Bull – Duo Tones
One Eyed Jack – Jailbirds
Battleship Chains – Georgia Satellites
Soul Man (stereo) – Sam And Dave
Runaway (‘Crime Story’ version) – Del Shannon
Poison Ivy – Vulcanes
Hang ‘Em High – Sandblasters
Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection
Travelin’ Man – Ricky Nelson
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding – Matthew Sweet And Susanna Hoffs
The Ballad Of Paladin – Johnny Western
Action – Freddy Cannon
High School Confidential – Blasters
Misirlou – Emotionals
Duke Of Earl – Gene Chandler
Goldfinger – Man or Astro-Man?
With a Girl Like You – Rutles
Do Anything You Wanna Do – Flashcubes
For A Few Dollars More – Death Valley
Goo Goo Muck – Frank Popp Ensemble
(Theme From) The Monkees (Previously Unissued Early Version) – Monkees
Five O’Clock World – Vogues
Eve Of Destruction – Dickies
Oh, Pretty Woman – Rockapella
Dead Flowers – Barney Bentall And The Legendary Hearts
Love Is All Around – Troggs
North To Alaska – Dwight Yoakam
You’re So Vain – Tony Randall And Jack Klugman
Inner-Manipulations – Barry McGuire
The Riddler – Riddler
I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) – Ikettes
Bits and Pieces (stereo/vinyl) – Dave Clark Five
Couldn’t Get It Right – Climax Blues Band