Soundtrack Throwback – Empire Records (1995)


empirerecordsthesoundtrackAnd the 90’s just keep racking up the tracks.  By the time this movie was released, Grunge had moved out of the garage and onto the runway making it marketable and popular…especially for movie producers.  And the best way to market a movie about a music store?  Why getting the daughter of one of the biggest bands in the world to star in it!  I would like to add that thank God Liv Tyler is a good actress!  This is also one of the earlier Renée Zellweger performances.  So a movie that takes place ENTIRELY in a music store…the soundtrack is sorely…short.  Oh!  I know why!  It’s because they have so much music to begin with that they just picked some out of a magic hat and whimsically coasted on a whim and a prayer!

Happily, I found a small list of the other songs used in the movie but not in the movie.  And personally, I would love to have heard that “Mon Amour” song that was sung by the teen dream from Grease 2, Maxwell Caulfield!  Classic!  But to the soundtracks credit, a great deal of these songs are not known to everyone so you at least get a good vibe on it.  But my question is…what happened to some of these actors and why do I have Kirsten Stewart now?!

  1. “Til I Hear It from You” by Gin Blossoms
  2. “Liar” by The Cranberries
  3. “A Girl Like You” by Edwyn Collins
  4. “Free” by The Martinis
  5. “Crazy Life” by Toad the Wet Sprocket
  6. “Bright As Yellow” by The Innocence Mission
  7. “Circle of Friends” by Better Than Ezra
  8. “I Don’t Want to Live Today” by Ape Hangers
  9. “Whole Lotta Trouble” by Cracker
  10. “Ready, Steady, Go” by The Meices
  11. “What You Are” by Drill
  12. “Nice Overalls” by Lustre
  13. “Here It Comes Again” by Please
  14. “The Ballad of El Goodo” by Evan Dando
  15. “Sugarhigh” by Coyote Shivers
  16. “The Honeymoon Is Over” by The Cruel Sea

Songs in the movie but not soundtrack!

  • “Can’t Stop Losing Myself” by Dirt Clods
  • “Hey Joe” by Dirt Clods
  • “Dark and Brooding” by Noah Stone
  • “Thorn in My Side” by Quicksand
  • “Little Bastard” by Ass Ponys (as Ass Ponies)
  • “I Don’t Know Why” by Sacrilicious
  • “Real” by Real
  • “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)” by AC/DC
  • “Counting Blue Cars” by Dishwalla
  • “Snakeface” by Throwing Muses
  • “Candy” by Full Tilt Gonzo
  • “How” by The Cranberries
  • “Hardlight” by Peg Boy
  • “Chew Toy” by Fig Dish
  • “Power Shack” by Fitz of Depression
  • “Saddam A Go-Go” by Gwar
  • “Backdown Blues” by Loose Diamonds
  • “Tomorrow” by Mouth Music
  • “Plowed” by Sponge
  • “Surround You” by Billy White Trio
  • “L.A. Girl” by Adolescents
  • “Seems” by Queen Sarah Saturday
  • “Vinyl Advice” by Dead Hot Workshop
  • “This is the Day” by The The
  • “Say No More (Mon Amour)” by Maxwell Caulfield as Rex Manning (written for the film)
  • “She Walks” by Poster Children
  • “Sorry” by Sybil Vane
  • “Infinity” by Mouth Music
  • “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Flying Lizards
  • “Sugar High (ft. Renee Zellweger)” by Coyote Shivers
  • “Seems” by Queen Sarah Saturday
  • “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits
  • “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles
  • “I Shot the Devil” by Suicidal Tendencies
  • “Rock ‘n’ Roll/EGA” by Daniel Johnston
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