What’s this? by Danny Elfman / Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
For Halloween or Christmas. Or any other time of year.
Exit by Tangerine Dream / Album: Exit (1981) / Stranger Things, Season 1 (2016)
I already knew a lot of the 80s music from Stranger Things. I should listen to TD’s 80s albums.
Watermelon in Easter Hay by Frank Zappa /Album: Joe’s Garage (1979) / Y tu mamá también (2001)
I love how calming Zappa’s song is, even if it isn’t his usual style. Epic guitar solo
Voices by Russ Ballard / Miami Vice episode “Calderone’s Return” (1984)
Continuing my voyage discovering the 80s, the series has 80s music in abundance. Or you can cheat and just go through the list. I’ll have things to say about the show in my TV watched in 2016 post.
You can understand the young man’s infatuation with his co-worker Susan (Jane Asher). Hilarious when he walks around in public with the cardboard cut-out of the woman, accompanied by this hypnotizing krautrock song
The Meaning of Life by Monty Python / The Meaning of Life (1983)
A few of the songs from the soundtrack are Monty Python classics, which elevate good sequences into great sequences
L’arena by Ennio Morricone / The Mercenary (1968)
The best composer of westerns
Betty et Zorg by Gabriel Yared / Betty Blue (1986)
Haunting harmonica, very soothing
Sentimental Walk by Vladimir Cosma / Diva (1981)
The walk taken by Jules and Cynthia across the city includes this beautiful piano piece
The Glory Of Love by DeVol / Guess Whos Coming to Dinner (1967)
Timeless song about love. The film is a bit dated.
When I Go by Minimal Compact /Album: Raging Souls (1985) / Wings of Desire (1987)
Wasn’t convinced if the vocal was good or bad. Grew on me. Very atmospheric, like the film is.
If There Was a Man by The Pretenders / The Living Daylights (1987)
From end credits, in contention to be the title track, but lost out. So different to the bombastic and pop-friendly The Living Daylights by A-ha.
747 by Kent (1997) / Career Opportunities (1991)
I’m cheating a little, as the song is 6 years older than the film. A random YouTube user put the song together with the John Hughes movie.
It’s So Easy by Willy DeVille (1980)
Take Your Tiime (Do It Right) by SOS Band (1980) / Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
Catchy and danceable disco, from The Sound Machine scene. The soundtrack is arguably the best thing about Richard Linklater’s latest.
Hope you enjoy the selections. What do you think about the music from these films and tv shows? Which discoveries from soundtracks did YOU make this year?