All 17 Songs from the Young Adult Soundtrack

•January 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Young Adult is vicious and hilarious. Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman, who first teamed up for Juno, deliver a sardonic sequel of sorts. I was surprised that Patton Oswalt was so likeable as such a cynical character and that Charlize could be so unlikeable but still likeable enough for you to root for her to get her shit straight. From the twisted hair to the shotgunned Diet Coke, it was painful to watch – but painful was exactly what it was supposed to be.

The 90’s soundtrack to Young Adult is as good as the movie. Teenage Fanclub is one of those bands that not enough people discovered. Bandwagonesque was one of my favorite albums of the 90s. The opening track, “The Concept,” serves as the theme song for Young Adult. It plays a half-dozen times during the drive from Minneapolis to Mercury at the beginning of the movie and is also the first song played by Buddy’s wife’s band at the bar.

Woody’s bar also has one hell of a background soundtrack. From Lemonheads to Dinosaur Jr. to Cracker, it’s as if Woody found a mixtape from my so called 90’s life. It’s good – damn good.

Even the background muzak is on point. Beck’s Where It’s At and Pearl Jam’s Even Flow are tucked into the film, the latter as the sounds of the awkward department store scene.

Here’s the complete list of all 17 songs from Young Adult with notes on the scenes that the songs were in:

  • (unknown scene) – Epic – Mateo Messina
  • (unknown scene) – Peach Melba – Brian Dee
  • Mixtape, driving from Minneapolis to Mercury; First song played by Buddy’s wife’s band – The Concept – Teenage Fanclub
  • (unknown scene) – Where It’s At – Mateo Messina (link to original by Beck)
  • Driving to Woody’s bar – What’s Up? – 4 Non Blondes
  • First song playing in Woody’s – Achin’ To Be – The Replacements
  • Drinking with Matt at Woody’s – It’s A Shame About Ray – Lemonheads
  • Talking outside with Matt at Woody’s, waiting for taxi – Feel The Pain – Dinosaur Jr
  • Young girl singing on TV show, playing with hair in hotel room – We’ve Only Just Begun – Roger Nichols and Paul Williams (link to original by Carpenters)
  • Matt with welding torch in his garage – Pledge Your Allegiance – Suicidal Tendencies
  • Background of the department store, looking for Marc Jacobs album – Even Flow – Mateo Messina
  • (unknown scene) – Big Me – Mateo Messina
  • At bar drinking with Matt, talking to the super happy guy in the wheelchair – Low – Cracker
  • Crashes car in parking lot at hotel – Seether – Veruca Salt
  • Baby naming ceremony – Pressure Drop – Toots and the Maytals
  • (unknown scene) – Picture On The Wall – The Lions (link to version by Bob Marley)
  • (uknown scene) – When We Grow Up – Diana Ross

Original music for Young Adult – Rolfe Kent

There’s also one extra song that is on the Young Adult soundtrack album but must have been left on the editing floor of the movie:

  • Black Hole Sun – Mateo Messina (originally performed by Sound Garden)

Here’s a couple additional videos from Young Adult, including

Dinosaur Jr’s best use of an urban golf course:

4 Non-Blonde’s song What’s Up, better known as the hey yeaah yeaaaah song:

And Cracker’s 90’s hit song Low:

All 19 Songs from the 50/50 Soundtrack

•October 16, 2011 • 6 Comments

There’s nothing 50/50 about the soundtrack to the movie 50/50, except for the studio not releasing an album. It’s a collection of 19 great songs that suit the movie well and help tell it’s story. From both the sound and intonation of Radiohead’s “High and Dry” when Adam finds out he has cancer, to the resolution told through the sounds of Pearl Jam’s “Yellow Ledbetter,” the music is in 50/50 tells the story of Adam and his life. The story is based on the real life struggles of Seth Rogen’s best friend – and you could hear the soundtrack to his days in the songs chosen to bring that fact into fiction.

Using Roy Orbison’s “Crying” to tell the tale of a crazy ex-girlfriend who you aren’t crying at all for anymore was perfect. As was throwing the Bee Gees into the pot-laden macaroons that got Adam through chemo. If I ever choose to shave my head, I think I will have to dial up a reggae tune as well. The irony of celebrating shaving your locks to a genre more popularly known for celebrating them (and imbuing them), is too much to pass on.

There were a number of new songs and artists that the 50/50 soundtrack introduced me too as well. I’ll be looking for more from Mr. Little Jeans and Liars Inc. from here on out. [Any recommendations on where to start?]

As for the movie itself, I really enjoyed it. It’s kind of hard to say you enjoy a movie about cancer, but this was a good one. Seth Rogen showed that he could un-Seth – a bit – and Anna Kendrick continued to steal the show for every movie she’s in. I even loved seeing good ole Max Headroom / Matt Frewer in there – and felt for him too.

Here’s the complete list of songs from 50/50, including notes on the scenes they were in. They

Original music for 50/50 – Michael Giacchino

Here are a couple more of the videos from the 50/50 soundtrack songs, starting with the Jacuzzi Boys:

Roy Orbison’s classic “Crying” live from the Roy Orbison show:

Last but not least, Liars Inc:

Perfect Song, Perfect Scene from Love Actually

•August 31, 2011 • 3 Comments

Every once in a while someone reminds me of a movie that I love completely but haven’t thought of in a while. Usually that leads to a couple hours of looking back and listening to the songs from the movie. That happened today. I haven’t seen Love Actually since last Christmas or so, but I’m going to have to see if its on Netflix streaming because I can’t get the movie or the music out of my head.

Thankfully, YouTube has some of my favorite scenes from the movie, including the final scene when everyone is meeting their loved ones at the airport and the school concert where the son is playing the drums while the girl he has a crush on is singing All I Want for Christmas. At first he thinks she is singing to him, but then she points to everyone. He has such a look of heartbreak. But then, she turns and sings to him again. The twists and turns of the heart, captured in the innocence of young love.

The video is disabled for editing, but you watch it on YouTube by clicking on the picture here:

This is what I would call a perfect song in a perfect scene. The lyrics “and you, and you, and you” provide the perfect cadence to build him up, tear him down and then build him up again. It’s a classic song made new. I will never be able to hear any version of it again without thinking of this particular scene.

The final scene features the song God Only Knows by the Beach Boys, another amazing song.

Here’s the complete list of songs from the movie. I hope you enjoy the songs and call into work late tomorrow because you stayed up late into the night watching this incredible movie.

You can find links and videos for the songs from Love Actually on the Reelsoundtrack website.

I also pulled together as many of the songs as possible into a Spotify playlist for the Love Actually soundtrack.

  • All Alone on Christmas – Darlene Love
  • All I Want for Christmas is You – Olivia Olson
  • All I Want for Christmas is You – Tessa Niles
  • All You Need is Love – Lynden David Hall
  • Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
  • Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye) – Bay City Rollers
  • Catch a Falling Star – Cast
  • God Only Knows – Beach Boys
  • Good King Wenceslas – Hugh Grant and Andrew Tinkler
  • Here With Me – Dido
  • I’ll See It Through – Texas
  • Jump (For My Love) – Pointer Sisters
  • Like I Love You – Justin Timberlake
  • Original music – Craig Armstrong
  • Puppy Love – S Club Juniors
  • River – Joni Mitchell
  • Rose (From the Original Motion Picture Score Titanic) – James
  • Silent Night – Pre Teens
  • Smooth – Santana ft Rob Thomas
  • Songbird – Eva Cassidy
  • Sweetest Goodbye – Maroon 5
  • Take Me As I Am – Wyclef Jean ft Sharissa
  • The Trouble With Love Is – Kelly Clarkson
  • Too Lost in You – Sugababes
  • Turn Me On – Norah Jones
  • Wherever You Will Go – Calling
  • White Christmas – Otis Redding

I’m in Lesbians with the 36 Songs from the Scott Pilgrim vs The World Soundtrack

•July 12, 2011 • 9 Comments

From the opening chords of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, when the Universal theme song is played in video game tones, I knew this movie would be amazing. The rest of the movie did not disappoint, either in the music, the story or in the way in which it’s told. It’s a brilliant movie – one of my favorites from the past couple years. It’s a shame that more people didn’t see it, because I would have loved to have seen the rest of the story told on film.

There are 36 songs in Scott Pilgrim, including songs from Frank Black, Plumtree, Black Lips, Beck, Metric, Queen, Broken Social Scene and The Rolling Stones. And of course, there’s Sex Bob-Omb, the band at the center of the movie, that Michael Cera plays bass for.

My favorite song from Scott Pilgrim is probably Black Sheep by Metric and Brie Larson. It’s the song that The Clash at Demonhead plays when Sex Bob-Omb opens for them. I also enjoyed the use of a range of Ramona songs from Frank Black, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Beck and Michael Cera, singing solo as Scott Pilgrim, not as Sex Bob-Omb.

Here’s Black Sheep. The song kicks into gear about 35 seconds in.

Beck wrote all six songs by Sex Bob-Omb in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as well as a few other tunes in the movie. The movie itself is like a Beck song – odd, visceral and irresistible. Beck is one of those artists that perpetually surprises me in the way he is able to layer different sounds onto each other. I remember reading that his grandfather was a collage artist. His music sounds like an aural collage, so it makes sense. What Beck does with a song, Edgar Wright has done with film. He creates a celluloid palimpsest, layering allusions atop the music, video games and pop culture referenced in the film.

Michael Cera’s range of random t-shirts is also worth the show. The SP Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt was one of my favorites from high school. It got me through some times indeed. The song By Your Side is a throwback to another time as well. Here’s the version by Beachwood Sparks from the movie. I prefer the original by Sade, but this version has a haunting hollow that is fitting.

Here’s the complete list of all 36 songs from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in the order the appeared in the movie and with notes on the scenes they were in. If you just watched Scott Pilgrim and are seeking out the music from the movie, I hope this post helps. If you’ve found the post first, you should find the film and set yourself to watching it. You will enjoy it for sure.

And if you’re wondering where the title of the post comes from, check out these quotes from Scott Pilgrim.

  • First song at band practice with Knives visitingWe Are Sex Bob-Omb – Sex Bob-Omb
  • Scott’s apartment, tells his roommate he’s dating a 17 year oldScott Pilgrim – Plumtree
  • Scott playing video game with KnivesNinja Ninja Revolution – Dan The Automator
  • Scott at Goodwill with KnivesGo – Plumtree
  • Background during library sceneGarbage Truck – Sex Bob-Omb
  • PartyChurches Under The Stairs – Broken Social Scene Presents Brendan Canning
  • Scott looking for Ramona at the partyI Heard Ramona Sing – Frank Black
  • Background at the party(?)O Katrina! – Black Lips
  • Scott dreams about Ramona as he waits for his package – Enter Goddess (from Legend of Zelda) – Koji Kondo
  • Scott and Ramona at the parkHilcrest Park by Nigel Godrich (Score)
  • Flying through the door at the park, at Ramona’s apartment with tea, first kissBy Your Side – Beachwood Sparks
  • First song by Crash and the BoysI’m So Sad, So Very, Very Sad – (Crash and the Boys) Broken Social Scene and Erik Knudsen
  • Second song by Crash and the BoysWe Hate You, Please Die – (Crash and the Boys) Broken Social Scene and Erik Knudsen
  • First song by Sex Bob-OmbGarbage Truck by Sex Bob-Omb
  • Patel’s dance song while fighting ScottSlick (Patel’s Song) – Dan The Automator
  • Scott comes home while roommate is making foodSeinfeld – Jonathan Wolff
  • Riding the bus after breaking up with KnivesTeenage Dream – T-Rex
  • Scott playing the bassline to Final Fantasy II – Final Fantasy II Battle I – Nobuo Uematsu
  • Start playing song before Ramona comes to practiceSummertime – Sex Bob-Omb
  • Scott making dinner for RamonaTo Ramona – The Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Scott sings song he wrote for Ramona – Ramona – Michael Cera
  • Playing in the background at the coffee shop when Julie is cursing at ScottNervous Breakdown – Eddie Cochran
  • Kissing after dinner, talking about cutting his hairSleazy Bed Track – Bluetones
  • Playing in background when Knives is dying her hair; Sex Bob-Omb playing onstage at the bar – Indefatigable – Sex Bob-Omb
  • Knives says hi to Ramona in bar bathroomIt’s Getting Boring By The Sea – Blood Red Shoes
  • The Clash at Demonhead plays on stageBlack Sheep – Metric and Brie Larson
  • After Clash at Demonhead playRomantic Rights – Death From Above 1979
  • Scott and Todd square-off in battle of bass guitarsBass Battle – Nigel Godrich, Justin Meldal Johnsen and Jason Falkner
  • Walking into after party, then Ramona fights Roxy Roxy by Nigel Godrich (score)
  • After Scott and Ramona defeat RoxyLatin America – Holy Fuck
  • Battle between Sex Bob-Omb and Katayanagi twinsKatayanagi Twins Attack – Cornelius
  • Battle with Katanayagi twinsThreshold – Sex Bob-Omb
  • Gideon kisses Ramona’s ring during Katanayagi battleThe Ring (Hypnotic Seduction Of Dale) – Queen
  • Scott sees Knives after battle with Katanayagi twinsAnthems For A Seventeen-Year-Old Girl – Broken Social Scene
  • Gideon signs Sex Bob-Omb to contractUnder My Thumb – The Rolling Stones
  • Scott sitting alone in the parkRamona (Acoustic Version) – Beck
  • Sex Bob-Omb playing at the Chaos Theater without ScottNo Fun – Sex Bob-Omb [link to version by Sex Pistols]
  • Fight with Gideon’s minions –  We are Sex Bob-Omb by Sex Bob-Omb
  • Scott comes back into the Chaos Theater after he gets to plus up lifeNo Fun – Sex Bob-Omb [link to version by Sex Pistols]
  • Fights Gideon for himself not for RamonaWe are Sex Bob-Omb by Sex Bob-Omb
  • Walking through door with Ramona, end creditsRamona – Beck Hansen, Brian Lebarton, Joey Waronker and Bram Inscore
  • Second end credits songSummertime by Sex Bob-Omb
  • Third end credits songThreshold (8 Bit) – Brian Lebarton

Original music for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Nigel Godrich

A couple more videos of songs from Scott Pilgrim:

All 17 Songs from the Horrible Bosses Soundtrack

•July 11, 2011 • 5 Comments

The soundtrack for Horrible Bosses is anything but horrible. It includes songs from Spoon, Beastie Boys, Ting Tings, Money Mark and Dirty Heads. The soundtrack album is another thing entirely – it only includes one of the songs from the movie. The rest is just the Horrible Bosses score by Christopher Lennertz. Not to worry, we’ve pulled together all 17 songs from the movie together here.

My favorite music moment in Horrible Bosses was the use of Sabotage when Nick was thinking about throwing Harken out the window.

The most hilarious music moment was when Dale was singing That’s Not My Name in the car outside Harken’s house. I also liked the use of Spoon’s Underdog at both the beginning of the movie and during the end credits. Lay Me Down by the Dirty Heads was only playing in the background during the bar scene when the guys were talking about killing their bosses, but hearing it reminded me how good the song is.

In order to figure out the songs in each scene in any movie, including Horrible Bosses, I have to take pen and paper into the theater. I get more than a few strange looks when I do, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Tonight, I forgot a notepad and my pen wouldn’t work, so I had to try to remember the scenes that the songs played in after getting back home. My brain mushed the scenes a bit. I have all the songs from Horrible Bosses, and they are in the right order, but there are a couple gaps in the scenes.

The movie itself is hysterical – across the board. Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis are hilarious. And Jennifer Aniston was completely unexpected in how funny she was. Her character is so far from usual that everything she says is that much funnier than if someone else was delivering the line. It was so funny, in fact, that I think I might just have to go back and see it again. This time I’ll bring a pen that works. With the song list already in hand, I should be able to fill out the rest of the list.

  • Opening scene through the first couple minutesThe Underdog – Spoon
  • Nick, Dale and Kurt at the barCrazy – Booker T. Jones
  • (unknown scene)Learn to Lose – Hockey
  • Nick thinks about throwing Harken out the windowSabotage – Beastie Boys
  • (unknown scene)Sydney (I’ll Come Running) – Brett Dennen
  • In the bar talking about killing their bossesLay Me Down – Dirty Heads
  • Bar in the crappy neighborhood looking for a killer – Beatin’ Down the Block – B.A.S.K.O.
  • (unknown scene)How You Like Me Now – The Heavy
  • (unknown scene)The Message – Cymande
  • (unknown scene) – Koo Koo Rocks – With the Quickness
  • Pettit’s cell phone ring, under the bed in Harken’s houseKung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
  • Dale singing in the car on the lookout for HarkenThat’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
  • (unknown scene)Perfect Day – The Constellations
  • Meet at the bar after Pettit is shotMoneygrabber – Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Go back to Motherfucker Jones – I Be Doin’ It – Classic
  • (unknown scene)Rhythm of the Night – DeBarge
  • End creditsThis is How I Roll – Money Mark
  • Second end credits – The Underdog – Spoon

Original music for Horrible Bosses – Christopher Lennertz

Here’s the best song from the movie – it’s Spoon performing The Underdog:

The Dirty Heads remind me of summer:

Brett Dennen hold his own:

Mark Bradshaw Brings Voice to John Keats in the Soundtrack to Bright Star

•July 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Bright Star is a quiet, beautiful film, tragic in the life and death of a man so fearful of living. Keats wouldn’t even allow his name to be placed on his tombstone. Instead, he asked that is say: “Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water”. Now, it is written hauntingly in film as well.

Jane Campion has written and directed a gorgeous film – one of the best I’ve seen in the last couple years. It’s a shame it took so long to watch it. I encourage you to do so. It’s quite the counterpoint to the popcorn cinema in theaters now. Encore is playing the film right now and you can pick it up from Netflix too.

Most of the music in the movie Bright Star is comprised of a quiet, pensive score by Mark Bradshaw that incorporates the poems of Keats directly, including Ode to the Nightengale playing over the end credits. I also enjoyed the Human Orchesta, which is comprised of a half dozen men singing music notes in the middle of the film. Here’s the song:

As for the actual songs in the movie, there are three, including two songs by Mozart and another from Wilson, written in 1816, and featured in an album of period music labeled the era of Jane Austen. Here are the songs:

All 15 Songs from Transformers Dark of the Moon Soundtrack

•July 1, 2011 • 9 Comments

There are 15 songs in Transformers Dark of the Moon as well as an additional 8 songs that are on the soundtrack album but weren’t actually in the movie. In fact, there are only three songs from the movie on the soundtrack album, which is a damn shame because there are a number of really good songs that the album completely misses. Among the songs missing from the Transformers Dark of the Moon soundtrack are U2’s North Star, Aerosmith’s Sweet Emotion and Biffy Clyro’s Many of Horror (live version below).

And here’s U2. I can’t find the download for the song North Star, but I hope a live version via video suffices:

I liked Transformers 3 better than the second movie but not quite as much as the first. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is an apt replacement for Megan Fox. She walks on screen and stares through the scene just as well. I was actually a bit surprised that her part was as big as it was.

While the producers of Transformers Dark of the Moon may have fallen for Rosie, the music producers were smitten with two songs in particular, playing them repeatedly throughout the movie. U2’s North Star is the first song in the movie, playing when Carlye gives Sam a stuffed animal bunny rabbit. It also plays when Sam visits Carlye at work. Linkin Park’s Iridescent plays when Sam and the crew are driving to Chicago to save Carlye and also as the first song during the end credits.

Here’s the complete list of songs from Transformers 3 along with notes on the scenes they were in. Enjoy!

  • Carlye gives Sam a stuffed bunny – North Star – U2
  • Little Autobots watching Star Trek – More Soup from Stark Trek Amok Theme – Gerald Fried
  • Little Autobot starts singing – We Are Family – Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers
  • Sam goes for job interviews – Sweet Emotion (David Thoener Remix) – Aerosmith
  • Sam visits Carlye at work – North Star – U2
  • (Unknown scene) – The Better Angels of Our Nation – Stars of the Lid
  • Sam in the mail room at his job – All That You Are – Goo Goo Dolls
  • Sam in the elevator with Jerry Wang – You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
  • Simmons on the O’Reilly Factor – The O’Reilly Factor Theme – Phil Garrod, Reed Hays and Scott Schreer
  • Visiting the Russian cosmonauts – Discomalaria – Seryoga
  • Dylan and Carlye at dinner – String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor D 703 Quartettsatz – The Kodaly Quartet
  • Simmons at NASA – I Will Survive – Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris
  • Driving to Chicago toward to save Carlye – Iridescent – Linkin Park
  • Bumblebee pulls out a bunch of rings – Bridal Chorus – Richard Wagner
  • First end credits song – Iridescent – Linkin Park
  • Second end credits song – Monster – Paramore
  • Third end credits song – Many of Horror – Biffy Clyro
  • Original score – Original music for Transformers Dark of the Moon – Steve Jablonsky

Here’s Paramore with Monster:

Extra songs that are on the soundtrack album for Transformers Dark of the Moon but that weren’t in the movie itself: