Movie Soundtracks

Movie Soundtracks

Jim and Greg gear up for the Oscars by discussing the most important part of a movie: the soundtrack. Saturday Night Fever, Purple Rain, The Graduate… Tune in to see what made the cut.

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Jim and Greg don't like to give too much airtime to the Grammy Awards, but there was one upset worth mentioning (other than Amy Winehouse not getting a visa). Beating out big names like Winehouse, Kanye West, The Foo Fighters and Vince Gill for Album of the Year was veteran jazz musician Herbie Hancock.

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Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters

So did Hancock deserve the award? Herbie Hancock is a critically acclaimed pianist who many listeners will remember for composing the 1983 jazz-hip hop fusion track "Rockit." But, according to Greg, this is a case of“right artist, wrong year.”Hancock's winning album River: The Joni Letters is by no means the musician's finest work. With the exception of the one track on which Joni Mitchell sings, most of the songs have unsuccessful vocals. Greg gives this“muzak”album a Burn It. Jim calls River a“stultifyingly mediocre record”that isn't a fair representation of the year in music. The Recording Academy might give the album an award, but he gives it a Trash It.

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Kimya Dawson Juno

Before Jim and Greg launch into their discussion of the best movie soundtracks of all time, they review the soundtrack that's currently getting the most buzz. Juno, the little movie that could, is not only a success at the box office, but with music consumers as well. The soundtrack became the first Rhino record to hit #1 on the Billboard chart, and it was even able to topple Alicia Keys' recent release. The success of the Juno soundtrack is surprising considering how obscure many of the songs are. The album is dominated by tracks from The Moldy Peaches and its former lead singer Kimya Dawson. The success is also surprising to Jim because, well… he hates it. He's gone on record as not liking the movie, but Jim also thinks the album is completely unsuccessful. He finds Dawson's songwriting amateurish and childish gives the soundtrack a big Trash It. Greg agrees, explaining that it doesn't seem like Dawson knows the difference between childlike and childish, or between cute and cloying. He says Juno is really tough to listen to and also gives the soundtrack a Trash It rating.


Great Movie Soundtracks

The biggest night in Hollywood is just around the corner, but that doesn‘t mean music fans can’t get into the action. Jim and Greg decided to mark the occasion of the Oscars by playing bits of their favorite movie soundtracks. Here are their picks:

Featured Songs

  1. Amy Winehouse,“Rehab,”Back in Black, 2007
  2. Herbie Hancock,“Tea Leaf Prophecy,”Back in Black, 2007
  3. Herbie Hancock,“Rockit,”Future Shock, 1983
  4. Moldy Peaches,“Anyone Else But You,”Juno Original Soundtrack, 2008
  5. Kimya Dawson,“Loose Lips,”Juno Original Soundtrack, 2008
  6. Michael Kamen,“Brazil,”Brazil Original Soundtrack, 1985
  7. Booker T & the MG's,“Green Onions,”Green Onions, 1962
  8. Toots and the Maytals,“Pressure Drop,”The Harder They Come, 1972
  9. Nico,“These Days,”The Royal Tenebaums, 2001
  10. The Buzzcocks,“Ever Fallen in Love?”24 Hour Party People, 2002
  11. Comptine dun autre ete Lapres midi," Am'elie, 2001
  12. La valse d‘Am’elie, (piano version)," Am'elie, 2001
  13. Greg Sage,“Return of the Rat,”Hype! 1996
  14. Bee Gees,“Night Fever,”Saturday Night Fever, 1977
  15. Colin Newman,“Alone,”A-Z, 1980
  16. The Creation,“Making Time,”Rushmore, 1999
  17. Tangerine Dream,“Betrayal (Sorcerer's Theme),”Sorcerer, 1977
  18. Curtis Mayfield,“Pusherman,”Superfly, 1972
  19. Tripping Daisy,“Jump into the Fire,”The Craft (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), 1996
  20. Dick Dale,“Misirlou,”Pulp Fiction, 1994
  21. Phoenix,“Long Distance Call,”It's Never Been Like That, 2006
  22. Sheryl Crow,“Love is Free,”Detours, 2008
  23. Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers,“Right On,”Doin What We Wanna, 1970
  24. Osymyso, Intro-Inspection, 25. Yeasayer, "Sunrise, " All Hour Symbols, 2007

Footnotes Amy Winehouse's Grammy Performance — Love It or Leave It? Herbie Hancock's homepage Greg on Herbie Hancock's Grammy win Herbie Hancock's discography The Recording Academy homepage Rhino Records The Moldy Peaches' homepage Kimya Dawson's homepage The Royal Tenenbaums soundtrack Silence of the Lambs soundtrack Sorcerer soundtrack on Amazon The Craft soundtrack The Harder They Come soundtrack on Wikipedia Hype soundtrack on Wikipedia Superfly soundtrack on Wikipedia Amelie soundtrack on Amazon Rushmore soundtrack on IMDB A Hard Day's Night and the 100 Best Movie Soundtracks