Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Various Artists - Grosse Pointe Blank Soundtrack (1997)


As far as pop music movie soundtracks go, this one isn't bad. Judging from the liner notes, it appears that John Cusack picked much of the music, so I'm guessing he listened to a lot of British ska music in his youth. Most of the songs are appropriate to the time period (a 10 year high school reunion of the Class of 1986), plus a few earlier classics. Sales of this soundtrack were so good, they quickly released a second volume. I don't own the second volume because I really don't need another copy of a-ha's Take On Me. One copy of that song is one too many.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #31 (May 10, 1997)

Tracks: The Clash (x2), The Jam, The English Beat, Violent Femmes (x2), and The Specials. It's hard to go wrong with that line up. Also here are the classics Under Pressure by Bowie & Queen and I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash. Guns N' Roses contributes a cover of Paul McCartney's Live And Let Die. A worthless cover (not even a Slash solo), but I like how they use in the movie during the convenience store scene. My favorite track on the disc might be Faith No More's We Care A Lot which I had never heard before listening to this soundtrack. An interesting downbeat remix of Pete Townshend's Let My Love Open The Door (E. Cola Mix) is included and it's a great change of pace.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: It reminds me of the movie, which is a good dark comedy even though it was terribly miscast.

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