Unlike many teenagers, I completely ignored this soundtrack in 1982 because I thought the Classic Rock music didn't fit the New Wave vibe of the movie:
|Elvis Costello and Devo posters in Damone's bedroom|
Even back then I was a music snob. Many, many years later, I purchased the DVD of the movie, listened to the commentary by writer Cameron Crowe and director Amy Heckerling and discovered that I was right: one of the film's producers, Irving Azoff (manager of the Eagles), forced this music into the movie.
"I had to use a lot of music that I totally, totally hated." - Amy HeckerlingHeckerling wanted Elvis Costello, Dead Kennedys, etc. Her only victories were the Go-Go's We Got The Beat over the opening credits, an excerpt from Led Zepplin's Kashmir (neither on this soundtrack album, but would have been welcome additions) and Oingo Boingo. Another great song in the movie not on the soundtrack: Tom Petty's American Girl.
I'm sure the thing sold well and I just missed it, but I'm listening to it for the first time today.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #54
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #48
Tracks: 19 tracks, 67 minutes, ranked in order of personal preference:
- Waffle Stomp - Joe Walsh
- Uptown Boys - Louise Goffin
- Never Surrender - Don Felder
- Raised On The Radio - The Ravyns
- Goodbye Goodbye - Oingo Boingo
- She's My Baby (And She's Outta Control) - Palmer/Jost
- So Much In Love - Timothy B. Schmit (#59 Pop, #27 AC)
- Fast Times (The Best Years Of Our Lives ) - Billy Squier
- Speeding - The Go-Go's
- Somebody's Baby - Jackson Browne (#7 Pop, #4 Rock)
- I Don't Know (Spicoli's Theme) - Jimmy Buffett
- I'll Leave It Up To You - Poco
- Sleeping Angel - Stevie Nicks
- Highway Runner - Donna Summer
- Fast Times At Ridgemont High - Sammy Hagar
- Don't Be Lonely - Quarterflash
- Love Rules - Don Henley
- The Look In Your Eyes - Gerard McMahon
- Love Is The Reason - Graham Nash
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None for the soundtrack, but the movie was one of the first rated R movies I got myself into (I was underage in July '82 when the movie was released).
Cameron Crowe's 1981 book is long out of print and used copies are selling for a good piece of change on the secondary markets. If you've got money to burn, do it. If not, I strongly suggest you do what I did and get your local library to find you a copy through Interlibrary Loan (or click here until the site is taken down.)