Wednesday, October 13, 2010

AURAL SEX: OCTOBER 2010 EDITION

I would like to point out that this post is NOT late- it went up on Wordpress yesterday and then my internet crapped out. Thanks a lot, Brooklyn Public Library WiFi.

This month marks a Very Special Aural Sex because it’s somebody’s anniversary!

It sure as hell isn’t mine- I’ve been wallowing in fear and frustration dating myself for the past year. I call it “masturdating.” Thanks for assuming that I would at least appeal to somebody, though.

Anyway, 15 years ago, Empire Records was born. For those of you that don’t know what that is, it’s only one of the greatest films of all time. And, also, what the fuck is the matter with you? You fail at life.

Empire Records is centered around the employees of a CD store that’s under the threat of being sold to an evil corporate conglomerate. The characters are like an extended family, and in the mid-90’s when Sam Goody was the chief hangout for my friends and I, I was envious of every single one of them.

The movie has a kick-ass soundtrack and a cast featuring the likes of Renee Zellweger, Liv Tyler, Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, Robin Tunney, Ethan Embry, and pretty much 2/3 of everyone who was a virtual unknown in the 90’s but now has at least some sort of fledgling career (in the movie’s defense, you can blame Jerry Maguire, not this one, for Renee Zellweger’s anteater face constantly bombarding the big screen).

When the film was originally released, it was a box office disaster and a critical bomb. Even now, it stands at a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, movie and music nerds are no idiots, and we know a sure thing when we see one. Empire Records is a brilliant marriage of cinema and tunes, and it’s luckily managed to find it’s home on the shelves and iPods of entertainment geeks everywhere.

In order to glorify the occasion, this month’s Aural Sex celebrates the union of song and screen- the soundtrack. I’ve compiled my Top 25 most impressive collaborations.

Because I’m anal that way (and ONLY in that way, you fucking pervs!), they’re all grouped into categories to make it easier for you (and me). Also, just for your entertainment, I threw in a few TV shows that make excellent use of the tune-age as well.

Make merry.







TOP 25 MOST PARAMOUNT MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS



YOU DAMN KIDS WITH YOUR MUSIC


JENNIFER’S BODY: Music From The Motion Picture (Released 2009)


Despite what most reviews had to say about the film, I thought it was pretty enjoyable. Jennifer’s Body suffered from poor marketing, and most people went expecting a horror movie, not a dark comedy.

Regardless, the soundtrack’s producers definitely nailed the soundtrack. Brought to life by Goldfinger’s John Feldmann and Paramore’s Hayley Williams, the Jennifer’s Body companion CD combined popular power-pop with up-and-coming electropop  and rock.

The soundtrack also included a track from Low Shoulder, the fake band from the movie. The song brings new levels to the word suck, but you should download it anyway because it’s pretty funny. Not included on the CD is “Violet,” one of my favorite songs by Hole, which shows up at the end of the film but for some reason didn’t make the cut.


SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“Kiss With A Fist”- Florence and the Machine
“Toxic Valentine”- All Time Low
“New In Town”- Little Boots
“Through the Trees”- Low Shoulder


CAN’T HARDLY WAIT: Music From The Motion Picture (Released 1998)


When this movie first came out I was psyched for my senior year and the graduation party that would follow (note: it wasn’t anything like that).  The music on this CD is really, REALLY good, even if the actual “high school” depiction is a little off base.

I do, however, wear t-shirts sometimes.


SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“Paradise City”- Guns N’ Roses
“Dammit”- Blink 182
“Graduate”- Third Eye Blind
“It’s Tricky”- Run D.M.C.
“Umbrella”- Dog’s Eye View
“High”- Feeder
“Can’t Hardly Wait”- The Replacements
“Tell Me What To Say”- Black Lab

Music From The Motion Picture NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE (Released 2001)




Not Another Teen Movie’s soundtrack put a new twist on the 80’s compilation by having current artists cover tracks from the era of coke and day-glo. Some of them are epic fails (Good Charlotte’s massacre of OMD? NO.), but most of them go over pretty well.

The movie itself, BTW, is a hilarious parody of essentially every teen movie from the last thirty years. Bonus- Mr. T shows up as the “wise janitor.” Anything involving Mr. T automatically gets extra points.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“Blue Monday”- Orgy (originally performed by New Order)
“Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”- Muse (originally performed by The Smiths)
“Never Let Me Down Again”- Smashing Pumpkins (originally performed by Depeche Mode)
“Bizarre Love Triangle”- Stabbing Westward (originally performed by New Order)
“99 Red Balloons”- Goldfinger (originally performed by Nena)
“Somebody’s Baby”- Phantom Planet (originally performed by Jackson Browne)
“Prom Tonight”- (written by Ben Folds and performed hysterically by the cast.)

PS- you want your mind blown? This dude from the movie


is now this dude on Being Human on SyFy and is TOTALLY HOT. Didn't see that one coming.


THE BREAKFAST CLUB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Released 1985)



This is possibly the most well-known- and well-received- soundtrack of the 80’s. It doesn’t matter that Simple Minds never had another hit- that band is fucking set for life. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t associate that song with the movie- or vice versa.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“Don’t You (Forget About Me)”- Simple Minds
“Fire in the Twilight”- Wang Chung
“Waiting”- E.G. Daily

For an updated version of  “Don’t You,” download Yellowcard’s 2005 version. I have to say, it’s not that bad.


TIME TRAVEL EXISTS



THE WEDDING SINGER: Music From The Motion Picture (Released 1998)



Speaking of 80’s compilations, I love The Wedding Singer because despite pleading from my family, friends and various pets, I can’t give up my addiction to hair metal, cheesy pop or power ballads. Everything about this movie is SO 80’s, including the clothing. Seriously- there’s even a Rubik’s Cube.

Some advice- ignore the cast recording of the atrocious musical adaptation that was on Broadway for like, twelve minutes. That was just a ghastly mistake.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:

“Video Killed the Radio Star”- The Presidents of the United States of America
“Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”- The Police
”How Soon Is Now?”- The Smiths
“White Wedding”- Billy Idol
“China Girl”- David Bowie
“Blue Monday”- New Order

Later that year, The Wedding Singer Volume 2: More Music From The Motion Picture was released, with even more epic eighties-ness. Here’s some good shit for you to add to your iTunes:

“It’s All I Can Do”- The Cars
“Money (That’s What I Want)”- The Flying Lizards
“You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”- Dead Or Alive
“Just Can’t Get Enough”- Depeche Mode
“Holiday”- Madonna

For some reason, even though Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” is in the movie, some assclown decided not to put it on either soundtrack. I’ve learned to accept this and am slowly coming to terms with my boiling resentment.


SINGLES: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Released 1992)



This is such a great soundtrack because I grew up with the grunge scene and listening to it allows me go back to a time when I still had CD’s and a Discman (please say you remember those). Singles takes place during the Seattle music scene when all these bands were just starting to come up, and I was just discovering them, but I actually didn’t see this movie until much later because I was “too young” (whatever).  When I finally got to watch it I was around the age of the characters in the movie, so I guess it worked out in my favor.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“Would?”- Alice In Chains
“Birth Ritual”- Soundgarden
“May This Be Love”- Jimi Hendrix
“Drown”- Smashing Pumpkins
“Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns”- Mother Love Bone
“Overblown”- Mudhoney


BREAK SHIT!


THE WRESTLER The Soundtrack From The Motion Picture (Released 2008)



I don’t have to be embarrassed about including this one- the hair metal is a perfect fit for a film about a guy who’s desperately trying to relive his 80’s glory days. I do love the genre, though. Don’t laugh at me, you jackass!

I will, however, point out that it is a fucking travesty that Bruce Springsteen was personally asked to pen the title track and was then completely shunned by the Academy in favor of three different songs from Slumdog Millionaire.  That’s insulting.


SUPERIOR TRACKS:

“Sweet Child O’ Mine”- Guns N’ Roses
“The Wrestler”- Bruce Springsteen
“Round and Round”- Ratt
“Bang Your Head (Metal Health)”- Quiet Riot
“Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)”- Cinderella

Music from the Motion Picture PULP FICTION (Released 1994)



Quentin Tarantino has always had a knack for choosing just the right piece of music for a particular scene. I can’t decide which one is more synonymous with which movie- the staccato instrumental that plays over the culmination of the diner robbery in this one, or the Stealers Wheel track in Reservoir Dogs (see below).

The Urge Overkill cover of Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” is right up there, too. Stupidly, I forgot to include it in my Greatest Covers list.


SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“Miserlou”- Dick Dale (with dialogue from Pumpkin and Honey Bunny)
“Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon”- Urge Overkill
“Son of a Preacher Man”- Dusty Springfield
“Let’s Stay Together”- Al Green
“Jungle Boogie”- Kool and the Gang


RESERVOIR DOGS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Released 1992)


Reservoir Dogs is second on my list of favorite movies only to Almost Famous.  It was Quentin Tarantino’s first film and didn’t gain popularity until after the release of Pulp Fiction, and if you watch the two together you can really sense a pattern in the filmmaking and the choice of music. No one who’s seen Reservoir Dogs has listened to that Stealers Wheel song in the same way ever again.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“Stuck in the Middle”- Stealers Wheel
“Madonna Speech” (Dialogue from the film)
“Magic Carpet Ride”- Bedlam

CULT CLASSICS


DAZED AND CONFUSED: The Film (Soundtrack) Everyone Will Be Talking About (Released 1993)



You know a film is going to have an amazing soundtrack when it’s named after a Led Zeppelin song. Not only is the music great, but the cast is a veritable Wiki page of a bunch of people you can currently see splashed all over the pages of shitty gossip rags like Star (and some that you can’t- Wiley Wiggins, what the fuck?).

Dazed and Confused also stands the test of time, even now- the party in the movie is pretty much like every party I went to in high school, just with more updated outfits.

I haven’t seen this movie in a while because I bought the DVD and then like, a week later, my brother stole it from me (he still claims he doesn’t have it even though I’ve seen it! In his house!).

SUPERIOR TRACKS:

“Cherry Bomb”- The Runaways
“Tuesday’s Gone”- Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Paranoid”- Black Sabbath
“Slow Ride”- Foghat

In 1994, a second companion CD was released (Even More Dazed and Confused). Here’s some download-worthy shit from that one:

“Free Ride”- Edgar Winter Group
“Do You Feel Like We Do”- Peter Frampton
“Right Place, Wrong Time”- Dr. John
“I Just Want to Make Love to You”- Foghat


THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW




How can I make a category entitled “Cult Classics” and NOT include Rocky Horror? I would probably be torched. Not only do I own this movie, but I’ve also seen the show multiple times, hosted sing-alongs at my house, and dressed up as various characters for Halloween (one of my girlfriends went as Frank once and the costume has thus far been unparalleled). Everyone should not only watch this movie and learn the lyrics to every song, but also master all the dance moves to The Time Warp. Oh, and bring props.

Let's do The Time Warp again!

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D.A.R.E.: DRUGS ARE REALLY EXCELLENT



GO: Music From The Motion Picture (Released 1999)


Watch this movie to see Katie Holmes before she was super obnoxious, and listen to the tunes to get that rave feeling without the actual ecstasy. Or the glow sticks.

BTW, the movie is well worth it, too.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:

“New”- No Doubt (No Doubt debuted this song as a promotional single for the movie, before they released it as a track on Return of Saturn).
“Gangster Tripping”- Fatboy Slim
“Believer”- BT
“Always On The Run”- Lenny Kravitz (written by Kravitz and Slash. Word.)
“Magic Carpet Ride”- Steppenwolf



TRAINSPOTTING: Music from the Motion Picture (Released 1996)




Trainspotting is one of those films that I should definitely NOT have seen when I originally did, but it’s cool because my parents didn’t find out until years later (I mean… oh. Whoops). Every song on the soundtrack will make you feel like you’re tripping out. It brings new meaning to the phrase “companion CD.”

SUPERIOR TRACKS:

“Lust For Life”- Iggy Pop
“Trainspotting”- Primal Scream
“Temptation”- New Order
“Perfect Day”- Lou Reed
“Born Slippy (NUXX)”- Underworld

I guess one soundtrack wasn’t enough, because Trainspotting #2: Music from the Motion Picture was released in 1997.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“The Passenger”- Iggy Pop
“Golden Years”- David Bowie
“Atmosphere”- Joy Division


BOOGIE NIGHTS: Music from the Original Motion Picture (Released 1997)



The only beef I have with this movie is that it totally lied to me. I’m still in love with Mark Wahlberg, though, whether that whole thing was fake or not.

Please. Like you don’t know what I’m talking about.

Regardless, I still totally air drum to “Sister Christian.”

SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“Sister Christian”- Night Ranger
“God Only Knows”- The Beach Boys
“Brand New Key”- Melanie

In 1998, Boogie Nights 2: More Music From The Motion Picture was released. Here are the best tracks off of that album for you guys to steal snag off of iTunes:

“Jessie’s Girl”- Rick Springfield
“Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”- Three Dog Night
“You Sexy Thing”- Hot Chocolate (I agree that this song is really annoying. However, picture yourself, bored in your bedroom, dancing around and lip-synching. Yeah, I thought so.

Not that I’ve ever done that. Or anything like that.


ROCKUMENTARIES/SHOWCASES



TOMMY (Released 1975)


The Who’s Tommy is solely and directly responsible for my die-hard appreciation of classic rock. I almost grew up a theater kid, but as soon as my parents took me to Tommy I went completely in the other direction. The Acid Queen scared the fuck out of me, but since I was around six years old I had no idea what the “acid” part was referring to; I just thought the music kicked major amounts of ass. The Who is still on my Top 10 list of bands, and Tommy is still in heavy rotation on my playlist.

"The Acid Queen" live:

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There’s also an excellent Tommy reference in Almost Famous. I’ll stop going on about that movie because I promise to be really obnoxious about it later.


A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (Released 1964)


Originally released as a soundtrack to the movie, A Hard Day’s Night is actually The Beatles’ third studio album. It’s also one of their best, and on almost every reviewer’s Greatest Soundtracks list. It’s also one of the only times I haven’t laughed at the word “hard.”

Oops. Never mind.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“A Hard Day’s Night”
“Can’t Buy Me Love”
“And I Love Her”
“Any Time At All”



THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME (Released 1976)



I had to include this because I’m so fanatical about Led Zeppelin. My vintage concert T-shirt went through the wash so many times that it actually disintegrated and I cried (true story).  I don’t own this soundtrack because I’m broke and spent my last coinage on Lost Season Six, but my birthday is coming up, in case you guys love me that much.

I can’t pick out which tracks are superior, so just do yourself a favor, download the entire thing, and let your lighter do the rest. Not that I advocate that sort of thing. Oh no.

(Check this out: The Amazon link refers to them as a "blues-rock outfit." No, but nice try.)



WOODSTOCK: Music From the Original Soundtrack and More (Released 1970)



Given that it’s the festival that defined an entire generation, it’s only fitting that it would have a collection of tracks that everybody who was alive back then (and even people that weren’t) still eargasm over.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“Medley”- Jimi Hendrix (Star Spangled Banner/Purple Haze/Instrumental Solo)
“We’re Not Gonna Take It”- The Who
“With A Little Help From My Friends”- Joe Cocker
“Soul Sacrifice”- Santana



DUDE’S GOT ISSUES


Music From and Inspired by SPIDER-MAN (Released 2002)


Let’s ignore the fact that the last movie blew ass and that this supposed “re-boot” they’re currently threatening is stupid. The first Spider-Man (and it is “Spider-Man,” with a hyphen, not “Spiderman”) is still one of the highest grossing pictures of all time and proved that superhero movies didn’t have to be retarded.

The soundtrack showcased current rock tracks from artists both well-known and on their way up. The dude from Nickelback is on there, too, but try to ignore that.


SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“When It Started”- The Strokes
“Learn to Crawl”- Black Lab
“Hate to Say I Told You So”- The Hives
“Shelter”- Greenwheel”
“She Was My Girl”- Jerry Cantrell
“Bother”- Corey Taylor
“My Nutmeg Phantasy” (Tom Morello Mix)- Macy Gray f. Angle Stone and Mos Def


THIS MODERN LOVE



WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO & JULIET: Music From The Motion Picture (Released 1996)


The music used in Romeo & Juliet was so innovative because the dialogue was still Shakespearean, but everything else was kept in the present day.  It actually worked and made the love and death scenes that much more dramatic.

During the wedding, scene, there’s a beautiful rendition of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” performed by a church choir. It’s not on the soundtrack, but it can be found on the score.

Here’s something weird, as well: I hadn’t seen this movie in years when I was making this list, yet a couple of hours after I decided to include it I found out that they were showing it on Starz. Doesn’t that kind of make you go “Oooh?” No? Just me, then.

Plus: Radiohead!

Also, useless trivia for Lost fans: Mercutio is played by the guy that played Michael. I know that doesn’t change your life or anything, I just thought you’d be interested.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“Talk Show Host”- Radiohead
“#1 Crush”- Garbage
“Local God”- Everclear
“Lovefool”- The Cardigans
“Whatever (I Had a Dream)”- Butthole Surfers


MARIE ANTOINETTE: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Released 2006)


Marie Antoinette uses the same concept as Romeo & Juliet, except this movie has Kirsten Dunst, and it also isn’t that great.  The music selection is pretty epic, though. And the party scenes made me really jealous.

Note: I invented a really fun game where I counted how many times you can see Kirsten Dunst’s snaggletooth. I lost track at “a lot.”

SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“What Ever Happened”- The Strokes
“I Want Candy” (Kevin Shields Remix)- Bow Wow Wow
“Natural’s Not In it”- Gang of Four
“Plainsong”- The Cure

WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED?



Music From VANILLA SKY (Released 2001)


Vanilla Sky has the distinction of being the only soundtrack on my list with a truly shitty companion film. I’m a huge Cameron Crowe fan, but even I have to admit that I would only ever watch this again under threat of searing gas pain.  Not only is it confusing as fuck, but the cast features Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. How about not?

That being said, the soundtrack is probably one of the best I’ve ever heard. Not only does it have Radiohead, which automatically bumps it up, but there are also songs by Chemical Brothers, Jeff Buckley, Peter Gabriel and two tracks by R.E.M.

Apparently the Academy agrees with me, because they awarded this CD with an Oscar. I guess they ignored the fact that Cameron Diaz sings on it.

Also, I’m not going to tell you what to do or anything, because I’m not a bitch like that (HAHAHAHAHA!), but I would recommend totally bypassing the movie and just listening to the soundtrack. Unless you’re high. Then you might actually understand what the hell is going on.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:

“Everything In Its Right Place”- Radiohead (one of my absolute favorite Radiohead songs EVER)
“Solsbury Hill”- Peter Gabriel
“All the Right Friends”- R.E.M.
“Last Goodbye”- Jeff Buckley
“Where Do I Begin”- Chemical Brothers
“Vanilla Sky”- Paul McCartney
“Svefn-g-englar”- Sigur Ros




MUSIC IS MY HOT, HOT SEX



HIGH FIDELITY: Music From The Motion Picture (Released 2000)


High Fidelity used its main setting (a record store) to play up the fact that it could really go to town with this music deal- and it did. The soundtrack to this film is a music geek’s wet dream.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“Who Loves The Sun”- The Velvet Underground
“Lo Boob Oscillator”- Stereolab
“Shipbuilding”- Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy”- The Kinks

EMPIRE RECORDS: The Soundtrack (Released 1995)


Here it is: my main reason for today’s Aural Sex. I’ve probably seen this movie thirty times, and I still watch it at least a few times a year. Whenever I listen to the soundtrack it takes me back to when I was in junior high, when I had no bills, I didn’t have to work and my friends and I hung out in our own version of Empire Records. I actually saw a bunch of these bands play live over a decade ago and most of them were pretty badass.

If you haven’t had the chance to watch this flick yet, do it. You are seriously missing out.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“Til I Hear It From You”- Gin Blossoms
“A Girl Like You”- Edwyn Collins
“Liar”- The Cranberries
“Crazy Life”- Toad the Wet Sprocket
“Circle of Friends”- Better Than Ezra
“Whole Lotta Trouble”- Cracker
“Sugarhigh”- Coyote Shivers

Here are some more awesome songs that are in the movie that didn’t make the soundtrack cut:

“Video Killed The Radio Star”- The Buggles
“Romeo & Juliet”- Dire Straits
“Counting Blue Cars”- Dishwalla
“Plowed”- Sponge
“How”- The Cranberries
“I Shot The Devil”- Suicidal Tendencies
“If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)”- AC/DC
“Money (That’s What I Want)”- The Flying Lizards
“Little Bastard”- Ass Ponys

See what I’m talking about? Do it. DO IT!


MOST INCREDIBLE USE OF MUSIC IN A FILM EVER:



ALMOST FAMOUS: Music From The Motion Picture (Released 2000)


There are a lot of reasons that Almost Famous is my favorite movie of all time (for most of them, go here). The use of music in the film changed my life, and the way director Cameron Crowe and his wife Nancy Wilson utilized “Tiny Dancer” hit nerves in my body I didn’t even know I had.

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To this day, the companion CD to Almost Famous remains the most played of my collection.

SUPERIOR TRACKS:
“Tiny Dancer”- Elton John
“I’ve Seen All Good People”- Yes
“That’s The Way”- Led Zeppelin
“Sparks”- The Who
“I’m Waiting For The Man”- David Bowie

If that doesn’t convince you, here’s a list of some more of the artists used in the film that weren’t included on the soundtrack (I couldn’t even fit everything):

The Stooges
Black Sabbath
Jethro Tull
Joni Mitchell
Neil Young and Crazy Horse
The Guess Who
Fleetwood Mac
Deep Purple
Steely Dan
MC5
Jimi Hendrix

And a shit-ton more of Led Zep. If you’re still questioning why I put this compilation in the spot that I did you are hereby banned from this blog.


TV IS PEOPLE TOO! (OR SOMETHING)





2007-Present, NBC

When Lost ended, Chuck was elevated to my Favorite TV Program slot. It’s an action/comedy/drama/spy series that I can’t even fit into one category, so I’m just going to tell you to watch it or I will be pissed. It’s on Mondays at 8pm on NBC. There’s nothing else on then, anyway, unless you’re a fan of Dancing With the Tards.


Chuck is the brainchild of Josh Schwartz, former head of The O.C. (he also created the television incarnation of Gossip Girl, but I guess I can forgive him for that).  He hired music supervisor Alex Patsavas for this show, as well, and one of the two of them had the genius idea to include Cake’s “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” in the beginning of every episode of Chuck as the opening title sequence. Not only is it a great song but it’s perfect for the themes of the show (Cake is worth checking out, too).

There’s also a hilarious “band” in the series in the characters of “Jeffster”- two complete morons who think that they’re hot shit and steal every scene they’re in. Here’s the “Jeffster” music video:



There’s not a ton of music featured on Chuck, but when it is, it’s definitely notable.



2003-2010, CBS

The interesting element of Cold Case was that every episode took place in a different year, so the music was always diverse. In the span of a month the show would feature 30’s swing to 60’s psychedelia to shit that came out a week ago. The show would also use costumes and props that fit with the era and black-and-white film when the situation called for it.

Cold Cases’ downfall was its unfortunate CBS timeslot of Sunday at 10pm. Not only was it often pre-empted due to NFL football, but it often took a backseat due to that shitfest Undercover Boss. No wonder it was ultimately cancelled.

In 2008, CBS released a soundtrack, so you can get a sense of its diverse musical elements.



2003-2007, FOX

Before it was soaked up into the laughable world of irrelevance, The O.C. broke a ton of artists and had a lot of indie music cred. During its second season, all-ages nightclub The Bait Shop was introduced as a way to get musical acts to perform.


The O.C. featured artists such as The Killers, Modest Mouse, Death Cab and The Subways, and even had an entire episode dedicated to a Rooney concert. Bands such as Beastie Boys, U2 and Beck even premiered new singles on the show. I beefed up my iPod due to The O.C.


Producer Josh Schwartz and music supervisor Alex Patsavas later went on to work together on Gossip Girl and Chuck.



The O.C. released six soundtracks, including an album to commemorate their made-up holiday of Chrismukkah. I would recommend checking out a list of music featured on the show and working your way up from there.





1997-2003, THE WB/UPN

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer was my favorite show all through high school and some time afterward. I still watch all the marathons even though I own all the DVD’s and can recite some of the episodes backwards and forwards and know them all by title within three seconds of the opening sequence. I don’t want to hear any shit- that show is a classic and a lot of critics and most of the sci-fi community feel the same way, so fuck you, too!

Anyway.

There are actually three companion CD’s- one is a soundtrack for the musical episode and the other two were released as compilations for the show itself. The first Buffysoundtrack, released in 1999, is awesome and every song on it rules. “The Buffy/Angel Love Theme” still chokes me up.


If I absolutely HAD to pick the best tracks off the album, I guess I would go with these:

“Temptation Waits”- Garbage
“Strong”- Velvet Chain
“I Quit”- Hepburn
“Keep Myself Awake”- Black Lab
“Nothing But You”- Kim Ferron
“Wild Horses”- The Sundays (This is also on my list of Greatest Covers)
“Charge”- Splendid



2005-Present, THE WB/CW

I cannot believe this show has not yet released a soundtrack. The music is ridiculous.

Despite being on a channel for eleven-year-olds, Supernatural features a shit-ton of classic rock- actually, that’s pretty much all the music it has on there. Creator Eric Kripke is apparently an enormous fan of The Zep, but they’re too expensive, so he prefers to name certain episodes after their songs instead (I’ll take it). There was one fantastic moment in the show where my husband Dean Winchester was boning some girl and it was underscored with Blind Faith. I love Steve Winwood, so I flipped out.


Supernatural has, by far, the best soundtrack of any show on television, regardless of whether it’s been made available to the public or not. It’s probably a legal issue or a money issue, but I own all of the songs on the show anyway so I guess it’s not really that big of a deal.

PS- Would you bang Dean Winchester or what?


That does it for this month’s Aural Sex. If you feel inclined to check out my picks, let me know what you think, and as always, if you want to pick a fight, leave your comments below. Keep in mind, though, that I weigh like four pounds so you will definitely win and you won’t have any bragging rights or anything.

9 comments:

Allison said...

First off...Masterdating is the BEST term I've heard in a while. Seriously...that's awesome.

Empire Records is AMAZING! Really makes you long for the days when record stores actually sold records.

The Can't Hardly Wait soundtrack! Yes please! I have that somewhere in my stash.

The O.C. was awesome up until the last season - where suddenly it became Melrose Place. The music was awesome. I totally have the Chrismukkah CD.

I could go on & on...

Sara said...

I have just added SEVERAL new movies to my netflix list.

Also, the O.C. Soundtrack (and I mean EVERY single season) is the soundtrack TO MY FUCKING SOUL. I could listen to those same albums over and over until I die.

theTsaritsa said...

I loved Empire Records when I was in high-school. I have distinct memories of giggling and asking my friend to sing "Sugar High" for me in that funny voice.

PS- The Pulp Fiction soundtrack is amazing. In my opinion, "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" is the most memorable track/scene in the movie.

Christina In Wonderland said...

This whole list just made me have a musicgasm!!!!! I mean, my brain can't even function right now it's so full of the musical ecstasy of all of these amazing soundtracks. Oh... bootlegging time, here I come... I mean, I did not just write that.

Rahul said...

The Can't Hardly Wait soundtrack is great.

I dont' care what anyone thinks of me now.

Nicole said...

I love everything about this post. This is probably my new favorite post of yours and totally solidifies my vote. Nugs for all.

Adria said...

AH! All my favorites are on here. Almost Famous, Can't Hardly Wait, Romeo and Juliet, Boogie Nights, Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting, The OC, Empire Records, Go (SO UNDERRATED!), Rocky Horror, and Woodstock. Woodstock, oh man, that dvd lived in my laptop the entire time I was abroad in London and I'm pretty sure my roommate thought I was a lunatic for watching it so often.

I basically rehashed your list, but man, good job!

Bretsyboo said...

Alright, here we go:

1.Can't hardly wait-
Graduate, which is just an ok song, reminded me that on 3rd eye blind's second album (Blue I think?) there is a song called "Wounded" that I would put at the top echelon of rock songs. Certainly in the last decade. Of course their popularity crashed and burned, and it wasn't released as a single, so no one knows it. It's awesome though, trust me.

NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE IS NOT A GOOD SOUNDTRACK.

Someone covering a song because they truly love it, it's a part of them, they grew up on it, or they were moved by it, or it shaped who they are? Great. Sounds natural.

Covers done because they are licensed to do it, can't write enough material on their own, they think it sounds funny (here I'm thinking of virtually all punk covers), or because they signed on to a silly soundtrack...sucks. There isn't an iota of real feeling on the entire record.

A Hard Day's Night-For the record the actual soundtrack doesn't feature Can't Buy Me Love, or Anytime at all. They are just on the British album which has nothing to do with the movie. Also, "I Should Have Known Better" should have been on there as it features every trick the Beatles used in their early days of making music:

1.Harmonica (mouth organ)
2.Double tracked vocals
3.Hey-hey-hey
4.ohhhhhhhhhh
5.oo-ooo-ooo-ooo
6.i-hi-hine

Clearly at that time they were writing just to make girls scream and this song is wacky junk from beginning to end, and therefore wonderful to sing along with.

SRTS-I hope you have the new version of the song remains the same, a version so superior the old one should be taken out and shot.

Of course "How the west was won" is the better of the two, and one of the greatest live albums ever.

"House" always employs amazing use of their music.

AND HOW CAN YOU LEAVE OFF "REALITY BITES?" THE QUINTESSENTIAL MOVIE THAT PERFECTLY SHOWS THE FINE LINE BETWEEN "GOOD" AND "CRAPPY" ROCK???????????????

The scene where Ben Stiller, the nice guy, but NOT the cool guy makes the girl listen to "Frampton Comes Alive" is one of the greatest scenes in movie music history. When people think that classic rock sucks, I point them to that movie.

There are always crappy songs in any era that become popular. Those songs are still played on the radio, RUINING it. But that era had the best truly GOOD music come out of it, and liking it doesn't ALSO mean you like the crap. And that scene says it all, and the best part is that it is INFERRED. Either you get it, or you don't know the purpose of the scene at all.

I assume you have never seen this movie. If so, you have a job tonight.

I apparently get more passionate writing comments to you, than I do writing my own posts.

That Ain't Kosher said...

@Allison- I'm especially proud of "masturdating." Even my mom thought it was funny. And yes, I agree about The O.C. I loved it until Season Three, but I still kept watching.

@Nips- You should get ALL these movies and keep me updated. And then we should do our own MST3K. Intoxivlog!!!

@The Tsaritsa- "Renee Zellweger doing "Sugarhigh" is my favorite Empire Records moment. Easy.

@Christina- "Musicgasm" is almost as great as "masturdating." And I like your llama.

@Rahul- I agree. Bring it on.

@Nicole- I totally did The Time Warp in the shower the other day and then I almost fell over. Nugs for all! And Slut Sweeney in December! Let's make it happen.

@Adria- You clearly have amazing taste. Let's be best friends forever.

@Boo- I've heard "Wounded." I've seen them live, and they're actually pretty good, so I downloaded it and you're right, and it's fairly decent.

-Normally I would agree with you about covers, but I love 80's music, so I'll take it however I can get.

-The Hard Day's Night album actually has those songs and was later released here as the movie soundtrack, so I'm covering it. But you guys can check out the British one too.

-I'm old-school, and will gladly listen to the old version of TSRTS. None of this "remastered" shit.

-I don't watch House but I heard it's great. I'll have to check it out.

-I actually LOVE Reality Bites. It's one of my favorite movies EVER. It just narrowly missed the list.

-Your comments are usually hilarious. Keep 'em coming.