Towelhead is a Snapshot of Early 90s Alt Radio with Faith No More, World Party, The Sundays, Edie Brickell


Towelhead tells the story of a 13 year old Lebanese girl who is discovering herself and her traditions while living with her father in Houston, amidst racial tensions and in the complexities of coming of age. It’s a rough movie. Not to be viewed lightly.

The music of Towelhead is a brilliant cross between late 80s, early 90s alt radio and traditional Lebanese music, and exemplifies the contrasts in Jasira’s life. Most of the music plays innocuously in the backgrounds of the scenes, so you may need to listen in to hear it. Thomas Newman provides a score that channels the latter, including the end title theme Jazira Maroun. The soundtrack album is very good and captures the score well. Unfortunately, it does not have any of the alt rock songs from the movie.

You can find the videos and downloads for all the songs at Reelsoundtrack.com Here are the songs from the movie Towelhead (downloads are in bold):

  • Carol Of The Bells by Mykola Leontovich and Peter J. Wilhousky
  • Aquellos Ojos Verdes by Mariachi Mexico de Pepe Villa
  • Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) by Soul II Soul
  • Cancion Mixteca by Mariachi Mexico de Pepe Villa
  • Carol Of The Bells by Carl Fischer Corale
  • Ciel De Paris by Jean Sablon
  • Falling to Pieces by Faith No More
  • Genius Of Love by Tom Tom Club
  • God Rest You Merry Gentleman by Carl Fischer Corale
  • Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart by Randy Travis
  • Here’s Where The Story Ends by The Sundays
  • I’m No Angel by The Gregg Allman Band
  • It Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Johnny Mathis
  • La Javanaise by Serge Gainsbourg
  • La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf
  • Maggot Brain by Funkadelic
  • Min Jbinak el Waddah by Wadih El Safi
  • New Sensation by INXS
  • Orange Crush by R.E.M.
  • She Drives Me Crazy by Fine Young Cannibals
  • Way Down Now by World Party
  • What I Am by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians
  • Ya Raieh by Salwa Al Katreeb
  • Here’s the video for What I Am by Edie Brickell:

    Here’s Where the Story Ends by The Sundays:

    ~ by montelutz on January 1, 2009.

    4 Responses to “Towelhead is a Snapshot of Early 90s Alt Radio with Faith No More, World Party, The Sundays, Edie Brickell”

    1. What is the guitar solo that is playing when Thomas is “performing” for Jisera after his parents have gone to bed? I recognized it but could not put my finger on it.

    2. I have the same question: What is the guitar solo that is playing when Thomas is “performing” for Jisera after his parents have gone to bed? I recognized it but could not put my finger on it”.
      I can’t find it. I’m sure it’s wellknown. It is playing ay 37 min. from the start of the movie? Hope you can help.

    3. I found it. It’s “Maggot Brain” from George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.

    4. Thanks for the “Maggot Brain” finding! This is truly a gem of a song.

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