Soundtrack Throwback – Dirty Dancing (1987)

BSO_Dirty_Dancing--FrontalI can’t really mention any kind of soundtrack throwback without mentioning this one now can I!?  This was nostalgia before it was nostalgia!  This was a soundtrack that combined the new and the old and it worked out beautifully!  This was when every girl wanted and liked being called “Baby” and tripped and fumbled their asses to dance the dirty…dancing.  And, let’s be honest, compared to today’s nasty booty dancing you wish your kids danced dirty with Patrick Swayze (insert cry here).

So Dirty Dancing was set in the 1960’s at a resort where they taught you to dance and take risky abortions on the fly.  Since there was a huge resurgence for “nostalgic” movies (ie Peggy Sue Got Married and La Bamba) but they wanted it as modern as they could to keep the 80’s interested, they merged some classy 80’s songs with classic 60’s songs.  The marriage was a cordial one.  And keeping with the tradition of getting actors music contracts as well, Patrick even contributed a very nice number “She’s Like the Wind”…and the adolescent in me giggled…I am sorry.  But I really giggled at “Trot the Fox”!

  1. “Be My Baby” (The Ronettes)
  2. “Where Are You Tonight?” (Tom Johnston)
  3. “Stay” (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs)
  4. “Hungry Eyes” (Eric Carmen)
  5. “Overload” (Zappacosta)
  6. “Hey! Baby” (Bruce Channel)
  7. “Love Is Strange” (Mickey & Sylvia)
  8. “You Don’t Own Me” (The Blow Monkeys)
  9. “Yes” (Merry Clayton)
  10. “In the Still of the Night” (The Five Satins)
  11. “She’s Like the Wind” (Patrick Swayze)
  12. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” (Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes)
  13. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (The Four Seasons)
  14. “Merengue” (Michael Lloyd & Le Disc)
  15. “Some Kind of Wonderful” (The Drifters)
  16. “Johnny’s Mambo” (Michael Lloyd & Le Disc)
  17. “Do You Love Me” (The Contours)
  18. “Love Man” (Otis Redding)
  19. “Gazebo Waltz” (Michael Lloyd)
  20. “Wipe Out” (The Surfaris)
  21. “These Arms of Mine” (Otis Redding)
  22. “De Todo Un Poco” (Michael Lloyd & Le Disc)
  23. “Cry to Me” (Solomon Burke)
  24. “Trot the Fox” (Michael Lloyd & Le Disc)
  25. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (The Shirelles)
  26. “Kellerman’s Anthem” (The Emile Bergtein Chorale)
  27. “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” [Instrumental] (The John Morris Orchestra)

Soundtrack Throwback – Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

557afbc8You know those movies that scare the shit out of you not because they’re gory or frightening but because they are a dreadful reminder that the future could still be really fucked up?  I saw one of those once…it was this movie: Johnny Mnemonic!  I am now a firm believer that Keanu Reeves is trying to screw people up with weird messed up techno realities.  However really screwy this movie is and what it does to alter your perception of reality is sidetracked by it’s amazing used of some of the best underground alternative rock artists ever to be buried in the mediocrity of the 90’s!

If you want a clear picture of the movie I just have to say give it a shot.  We were at least creative two decades ago as opposed to some of the stuff we get today.  As for the soundtrack: you can’t go wrong with any soundtrack that features Stabbing Westward!  You just can’t! ::sigh::  I miss them.  Since the movie is very technologically oriented the bands that were used are both heavy and “techno-ey” (I can make up words!)  Just try not to compare this to The Matrix since that doesn’t come out for a few more years and music moves at the speed of lightning!

1. Lost – Stabbing Westward
2. AM Incident – Cop Shoot Cop
3. Complete – Helmet
4. Virus –KMFDM
5. Sad But True – Orbital
6. I See Through – Rollins Band
7. No More Love – God Lives Underwater
8. Alex Decends Into Hell For A Bottle Of Milk / Korova 1 – Bono and the Edge
9. I Love My Parents – Buckethead
10. Memory Johnny Ska / Yakuza Firefight – Black Rain
11. Scumgrief (Deep Dub Trauma Mix) – Fear Factory
12. Nothing – Stabbing Westward

Soundtrack Throwback – Iron Eagle (1986)

thYou know, in the 80’s, there was this big demand for Middle Eastern and/or fighter jet movies.  I mean, there’s Top Gun and then there’s Iron Eagle.  This wonderful little gem set off a series of sequels that not only must I admit I watched but also slightly enjoyed.  But this is the original with an originally amazing 80’s soundtrack!  I know there aren’t a whole lot of people who have seen this movie seeing as it wasn’t exactly brilliantly acted or made but it’s a piece of 80’s nostalgia that shouldn’t be overlooked.

So the plot is not hard to follow: genius ace military kid’s dad is captured by Poirot…I mean evil Middle Eastern dictator and kid stages coop to get him out before he hangs.  Seriously…hang.  During the movie you hear some great 80’s hit from Twisted Sister and some from the 70’s hits as well.  However, the soundtrack is incredible for lovers of 80’s music who will totally dig it!

  1. “One Vision” by Queen
  2. “Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)” by King Kobra
  3. “These Are the Good Times” by Eric Martin
  4. “Maniac House” by Katrina and the Waves
  5. “Intense” by George Clinton
  6. “Hide in the Rainbow” by Dio
  7. “It’s Too Late” by Helix
  8. “Road of the Gypsy” by Adrenalin
  9. “Love Can Make You Cry” by Urgent
  10. “This Raging Fire” by Jon Butcher Axis

Not of the soundtrack but used in the movie:

  1. “Old Enough to Rock and Roll” by Rainey Haynes
  2. “Gimme Some Lovin’ by The Spencer Davis Group
  3. “Eyes of the World” by Eric Martin
  4. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister
  5. “Proud Mary” by Ike & Tina Turner
  6. “There Was a Time” by James Brown

Style and Genre – The Differences Between Visual Kei and J-Metal

This will be brief.

So I recently had a few comments posted on the blog about how Japanese Metal was not Visual Kei.  First off, visual kei is NOT a musical genre in this country or any other country though many people tend to misunderstand this.  It is a style of fashion that all genres of Japanese music tend to use to express themselves visually…hence that curiously obvious name “visual” kei.  Dir en Grey used it for a while (and if you consider their stage theatrics they still somewhat are) and The Gazette still use it.  Yet both of these artist’s music is classified under “metal” and not visual kei since they don’t play visual kei music since there is no such thing.

So to help clarify things I wish to put in quotations below this piece of information:

Visual kei (ヴィジュアル系 bijuaru kei?, lit. “visual style” or “visual system”) is a movement among Japanesemusicians,[1][2][3] that is characterized by the use of varying levels of make-up, elaborate hair styles and flamboyant costumes, often, but not always, coupled with androgynousaesthetics.[4][5][6] Some sources think that visual kei refers to a music genre,[7][8] with its sound usually related to glam rock, punk rock and heavy metal.[9][5][10][11] However, this is contradictory to the fact that visual kei acts play various genres,[1][12][13] including those unrelated to rock such as electronic, pop, etc.[2][5] Other sources, including members of the movement themselves, state that it is not a music genre and that the fashion and participation in the related subculture is what exemplifies the use of the term.[4][14][15][16][17]

I’m not putting this up to slam anyone but before you message any writer or blog staff to insult them about anything they’ve written, please consider that not everyone is right, people make mistakes, and typos happen.  I am only clarifying what appears to be a massive misunderstanding on the blog.

10 Music Tragedies – Gone But Never Forgotten

Sometimes on this site we like to honor a few of the fallen heroes of music who by their own hand or someone else were lost far too soon.  Now, of course, everyone knows and still mourns the death of certain figures such as Elvis, Kurt Cobain and Michael Jackson, but sometimes those tragedies overshadow some of the other loses that have claimed the music industries finest talents.  And just to point out immediately, I am not glorifying the deaths of anyone and I know I can’t mention every single musician who ever died while in mid coitus with a Las Vegas stripper named Sugar Smacks so if you have any thoughts of arson remember that.  A lot of the artists on this list are actually from J Rock bands seeing as how I can’t seem to keep any of them alive with the powers of witchcraft even though I really wanted to!  But, on we go into yet another morbid list about as happy as the Forever 27!

Michael Hutchence

::sigh:: A deep place in my heart was lost when this Australian great passed.  As the lead singer of INXS he gave us such hits as “Need You Tonight” and “Devil Inside”.  He was found with a belt around his neck attached to a door after a custody fight for his daughter was on the ropes.

hide

Alright, now I’m probably hitting on some territory that some of you might not know.  hide was one of the front men for an incredibly famous J Rock band called X Japan. They basically started the Visual Kei movement and were one of the first J Rock bands to appear in an American movie, Tokyo Pop. He was found hanged by a towel tied to a doorknob in his apartment and whether it was accident or suicide has yet to be decided.

Taiji Sawada

Damn!  The former members of X Japan had it rough man!  Taiji was the former bassist and later he formed his own bands.  Unlike hide however, Taiji was a little more tragic.  After a violent outburst on a flight to Saipan, Taiji was subdued and faced federal charges (where he was is considered US territory).  He was rushed to the hospital after he tried to hang himself in his cell.  He was left brain dead and his family decided to turn off life support.

Patsy Cline

I know that there is a lot of people out there who are not country music fans.  I get that, but Rock and Roll wouldn’t have gotten its kick if it wasn’t for good country music.  And no one did great country music like Patsy!  This was one of those stars who went too soon.  She, like American Pie, went down in a plane crash.

Daisuke

Again, most likely diving into awkward territory but this is rather sad.  Daisuke was the main song writer and vocalist for Kagerou, a very talented band that did what every good j Rock band does…disband.  Daisuke had always had heart problems and he finally passed in 2010.  Whether it was suicide of a heart attack is still unknown.

Melanie Thornton

At first glance you might not know this name but if you grew up in the 90’s you know the song.  Melanie was the vocals for the Eurodance band La Bouche and achieved success with the hit “Be My Lover”.  She sadly died in a plane crash on her way to Zurich.

Glenn Miller

This American big band composer and singer was one of the greats of the swing era.  I mention him because I recently paid respects to his and other missing soldiers tombstones from World War II in Arlington National Cemetery as he obtained the rank of Major while serving in the Air Force.  Miller disappeared over the English Channel in 1944.  He, nor the rest of the crew, was ever seen again.

IKUZONE

The founding member of Dragon Ash which was basically one of Japan’s first Hip-Hop groups.  He suddenly died of heart failure in April of 2012.  Sorry to be so vague on this but unless you can read Japanese texts, this information is a bit hard to come by.

Lou Reed

A more recent sadness, Lou was the leader of the Velvet Underground made famous by their outstanding lyrics and their famous manager Andy Warhol. He also enjoyed a rather prolific solo career. Reed passed in October 2013 after complications following liver surgery.

Aaliyah

This happens to be one of the most saddest moments for me in music.  I finally, finally found a R&B star that I loved and she was taken away far too soon!  You might very well remember her from her movie roles in Romeo Must Die with Jet Li and Queen of the Damned.  After shooting a music video in the Bahamas, Aaliyah’s plane crashed killing all passengers on board.
Lesson I’m beginning to learn: If you’re a musician…stay the hell away from airplanes dammit!  I might do another installment after I’ve recovered from my depressive state.  I know there are a bunch more out there and I hope to get to them all to pay them credit.

Soundtrack Throwback – Highlander (1986)

highlander-soundtrackThe nerd in me just giggled uncontrollably!!  I grew up loving this movie so it was no small wonder to my shocked mind that the soundtrack is mostly songs from epic, iconic, spectacular rock band Queen!  As a matter of fact, there really isn’t a studio release of Highlander soundtrack but almost all the songs can be found on Queen’s “A Kind of Magic” album.The band even mentioned that the songs were written specifically for the moments in the film where they would be played.

The iconic song off this album is “Who Wants To Live Forever”, a touching and reality grabbing song about the sadness and loneliness of eternity.  There have been many remakes but no one can top Freddie!  The films other songs are both heavy and engaging setting the tone for the intense (I used that in an 80’s reference) fighting scenes.  The score for the movie is harder to find but if perhaps you’re ebay savvy enough you can dream.  And, in the movie, did anyone notice the Kurgan quoting Def Leppard?  Anyone?

1. One Vision2. A Kind Of Magic3. One Year Of Love4. Pain Is So Close To Pleasure5. Friends Will Be Friends6. Who Wants To Live Forever7. Gimme The Prize (Kurgan’s Theme)8. Don’t Lose Your Head9. Princes Of The Universe 10. A Kind Of ‘ A Kind Of Magic’11. Friends Will Be Friends Will Be Friends12. Forever

Soundtrack Throwback – Dangerous Minds (1995)

To be honest, I only saw this movie once because the education system in most public schools scares me worse than the spider doll in Toy Story.  By this time in the 90’s we were getting all sorts of rap influenced soundtracks featuring the hottest rappers at the time.  Thanks to Yo! MTV Raps and other programs rap became a mainstream part of life…on mostly black influenced films however.  Even though there are some films who integrate rap and new R&B sympathetically there is still a majority of films such movies as Boyz in the Hood, Poetic Justice and of course Dangerous Minds where it is commonplace and expected.  By the by, that little “Parental Advisory” sticker is a useless waste of consumer money!  All that meant is the album most likely had the word “damn” and/or “fuck” somewhere in one line of lyrics!

So let’s just put this on the table now.  Yes, Coolio had a big hit with “Gangsta’s Paradise”.  It was the main song on the soundtrack, Michelle was in the video, it won awards…and I really don’t see much of Coolio besides that.  Not that it wouldn’t be cool to see him again…most people will only remember this song.  To be fair though, I’m sure this song is the reason a lot of high school freshman bought this soundtrack…you know, gave ’em street cred!  I live in a horribly backwards world…just wanted to say.

  1. “Gangsta’s Paradise” (feat. L.V.) – Coolio (Sample: “Pastime Paradise” by Stevie Wonder)
  2. “Curiosity” – Aaron Hall (Sample: “Four Play” by Fred Wesley and the Horny Horns)
  3. “Havin Thangs” – Big Mike
  4. “Problems” – Rappin’ 4-Tay
  5. “True O.G.” (feat. Static) – Mr. Dalvin
  6. “Put Ya Back Into It” – Tre Black (Sample: “Cars” by Gary Numan)
  7. “Don’t Go There” – 24-K
  8. “Feel the Funk” – Immature (Sample: “Love Changes” by Kashif)
  9. “It’s Alright” (feat. Craig Mack) – Sista
  10. “A Message for Your Mind” – Rappin’ 4-Tay (Sample: “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5)
  11. “Gin & Juice” (feat. Static) – DeVante Swing
  12. “This Is the Life” – Wendy & Lisa