The Wrestler is an 80s Hair Band Musical Revival
The Wrestler is one of the best movies of 2008. And it has a damn good soundtrack to boot, full of Eighties hairbands like Quiet Riot, Scorpions, Ratt, Cinderella and Firehouse.
The movie is haunting at times – to see the physical breakdown of a man and the lengths he will go to to literally scrape by. Wrestling may be fake but the pain is real. Can he break the cycle? Can he find redemption? Can a man bathed in the spotlight of the ring survive in the shadows of life? The movie posters say: “Witness to the resurrection of Mickey Rourke.” They are right.
The movie is gritty, raw and real. Ironically, Rourke’s Randy “The Ram” Robinson says he hates Kurt Cobain and the grunge scene that he ushered in, because he destroyed the feel good times of 80s hair band rock. The movie is pure grunge, even if the music is big hair and rock ‘n roll men in tights.
They did not release a soundtrack album for the movie, but you can find the songs and videos from The Wrestler at Reelsoundtrack. Here’s the complete list of songs from the movie too.
Here’s Sweet Child O’ Mine by GNR:
And Round and Round by Ratt: