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.

  • Bang Your Head (Metal Health) by Quiet Riot
  • 39 Stars by Peter Walker
  • 8-bit Wrestler by Joel Feinberg
  • Aloha Oe (Queen Liliuokalani) by Robert Neary
  • Animal Magnetism by Scorpions
  • Ayatollah’s Theme by Raz Mesinai
  • Balls To The Wall by Accept
  • Black Light by Macon Greyson
  • Blowin’ Up by Solomon
  • Dangerous by Mark Slaughter
  • Dodge It by Sampda ‘Samsaya’ Sharma
  • Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone) by Cinderella
  • Don’t Walk Away by Firehouse
  • Her Name Is Alice by The Days The Nights
  • Hit Da Flo by Trai’d
  • I’m Insane by Rat Attack
  • Jerk It by Thunderheist
  • Jump by Madonna
  • Just Let Your Freak Out by Deesha Sarai
  • Mirror by Dead Family
  • N2 Sumthin’ by Takbir Bashir
  • Nice Guys Finish First by Valerie Bisharat
  • No Biterz by Miss TK and The Revenge
  • Round And Round by Rat Attack (originally performed by Ratt)
  • Soundtrack To A War by Rhino Bucket
  • Stuntin’ Like My Daddy by Lil’ Wayne and Birdman
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses
  • The Muscle by Bone Crusher
  • The Wrestler by Bruce Springsteen
  • .

    Here’s Sweet Child O’ Mine by GNR:

    And Round and Round by Ratt:

    ~ by montelutz on December 27, 2008.

    2 Responses to “The Wrestler is an 80s Hair Band Musical Revival”

    1. i loved the film’s soundtrack as well as mickey rourke’s truthful performance. the cinematagorphy was visionary…but i dunno about the rest. Thanks for the soundtrack listing!!

    2. The Soundtrack album comes out Feb 24 on Koch records,it is available on Itunes now. I guess Springsteen was holding things up. For some reason Rhino Bucket’s “Welcome to Hell” is retitled but whatever, it’s a cool collection of Hairbands like Firehouse and some more kick azz stuff like Rhino Bucket and Accept.

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