Wednesday, July 30, 2008


What a perfect surprise. I just got back from a long lunch (Popeyes—check. Tommy Boy— check) and my feedreader was crazy with xxxchange!

It's all of xxchange's favorite film scores, and the selection is amazing. They're all of my favorite songs that I thought no one else liked... These guys, like Mark Mothersbough, etc. are definite geniuses. It would be my dream job to score films. Dream on.

xxxchange - We Make It Good Series Vol. 4

Check out the tracklist with xxxchange comments and my own...

*1. Lattice of Coincidence/Acid intro (Repo Man 1984)*

*2. Kenny Rogers& the First Edition - Just Dropped in(to See What Condition My Condition Was in)*
    featured prominently in 1998's "The Big Lebowsk," where the Choen brothers made a music video of sorts out of it.
[The perfect roadtrip song]

*3. Isaac Hayes -Three Tough Guys (End Theme)*
"Three Tough Guys Original" Soundtrack (1974)

*4. Henry Mancini- Police Woman (theme)*
This is the theme music for a television show of the same name which aired from 1974-1978 and later inspired the hit show "Charlie's Angels"
[Just got a set of Mancini's TV themes & 60s pop hits. "Sanford & Son" definitely wins.]

*5. The Rolling Stones- Gimmie Shelter*
    Usually featured at least once in every Martin Scorcese movie ever made, as many as three times in  "the Departed?" (2006)

*6. Ben Charest - Bellville Rendezvous*
    this is the main theme for "les Triplettes of Bellville" (2003) one of my personal favorite movies as the two main themes are A.Music created with household objects and B.Cycling
[I think Triplettes of Bellville and Wall-E have the same appeal in their small dialogue scripts]

*7. Tangerine Dream - Love on a Real Train*
    Most memorably featured in 1983's "Risky Business" but also appeared recently in "the Squid and the Whale"(2005)

*8. (reprise) London Symphony Orchestra - Gimmie Shelter*

*9. Harry Belafonte - "Day-o"*
    featured along with another excellent Belafonte cut "Jump in the Line" in Tim Burton's "BeetleJuice" (1988)
[When I was in the Miss Preteen Arkansas pageant (seriously), we had to a dance to this song. Ask me about it sometime and I'll show you.]

*10. Daniel Johnston- Mountain Dew*
    From the 2005 documentary "The Devil In Daniel Johnston"
[Great movie... hilarious promo]

*11. Mohammed Rafi - Jaan Pehechan-Ho*
    from the classic 1966 Bollywood musical "Gumnaam," also featured with this footage from the original movie in the opening sequence of "Ghost World" in 2001.
[This was my THEME when 'Ghost World' came out. Apparently no one has any idea who the band is.]

*12. George Baker - Little Green Bag*
    Reservoir Dogs (1992)

*13. The Plugz - El Clavo y la Cruz*
    Repo Man (1984)

*14. John Wayne interlude (Repo Man 1984)*
["John Wayne was a FAG"... "That doesn't mean he was a homo, a lotta straight guys like to watch their buddies fuck."]

*15. Curtis Mayfield -  "Short Eyes/ Free Free Free"*
    "Short Eyes" Original Soundtrack (1977)

*16. "Blush Response" Interlude (Bladerunner 1982)*

*17. Peter Gabriel " In Your Eyes"*
    Prominently featured in 1989's "Say Anything," where John Cusak plays this song for some lady, then later, does sex to her in the back of a car.
[what does 'does sex to her' mean? This song always reminds me of Toto]

*18. Vangelis - Blush Response *
     Bladerunner original soundtrack (1982)

*19. Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme*
Originally Composed by Mr. Hammer for the tv series "Miami Vice" in 1987

*20. Air - Alone in Kyoto*
 I suspect this was actually composed for the 2003 Sofia Coppola film  "Lost in Translation," then later released on their 2004 "Talkie Walkie" LP. been wrong before though!
[Not sure about 'Lost in Translation'... the song is a bit out of place on "Talkie Walkie."]

*21. "Bill Murray" interlude*
(coffee and cigarettes)

*22. The GreeneHornes ft. Holly Golightly - There is an End*
I felt obligated to include at least one song from a Jim Jarmush Movie on this mix. "I Put a Spell On You" (stranger than Paradise) seemed like it might be too obvious so I chose, instead this wonderful song from "Broken Flowers" (2005)

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