All 40 Songs from the Bandslam Soundtrack
I have to say, the music in the movie Bandslam was a ridiculous surprise – in a very good way. When it started off with Rebel Rebel by David Bowie, I sat forward in my seat and thought – wait a minute – this is not your average movie about high school kids forming a band. As the movie progressed, it just kept getting better.
Mick Jagger, The Velvet Underground, Nick Drake. Throw in some good ole ska like the Aggrolites, then some more Bowie and even Violent Femmes, Wilco and Peter Bjorn (the Sa5m video that he makes for class). I kept on thinking, how is this music in a movie made for teens. Am I underestimating the musical taste of a generation of kids or is the music producer more cracked than Whitney?
But I stopped worrying and kept on listening.
Sure there were the occasional songs thrown in for the masses. I could have done without any of the songs from Glory Dogs. But the tunes from the other Bandslam bands were brilliant. I would buy albums for The Burning Hotels and Zeale & Phranchyze immediately. I would even shell out for Amphetemine by I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On.
I think I was only one of three people in the theater who recognized David Bowie at the end of the movie, but it didn’t matter. I listened past the overwrought songs in the closing credits and forced songs near the end. Instead, I focused on what is truly a brilliant set of tunes. If 1 in 20 moviegoers returns home, jumps on Wikipedia and learns about the glory of CBGB or discovers what ska is, then the movie has done its job. If in the process of listening to Vanessa Hudgens, they are exposed to Nick Drake or The Velvet Underground, then their musical lives will be changed forever. If they ask themselves, why did so many scenes start with “Dear David Bowie” and then they stumble across Ziggy Stardust, then Pandora will swell with a whole new set of stations.
In other words, I really liked this movie – particularly the first half of it. And I was ridiculously, and pleasantly, surprised by the soundtrack.
The album has about a third of the songs from the movie, but you can find the rest of them, with notes on the scenes they were in, and in the order they appeared in the movie, below. Let your musical adventure begin.
- First song – Rebel Rebel by David Bowie
- Moving, in the car – (You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back by Peter Tosh and Mick Jagger
- Ring tone – Changes by David Bowie
- Mall music – Theme from A Summer Place by Max Steiner and Mack Discant
- At school band on stage – Sunny Side Up by Scott Porter and Glory Dogs
- Song on his iPod – Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell
- (unknown scene) – Make You Wanna Scream by Anthony Taccetta
- At car, I’ll teach you the basics – Femme Fatale by Nico and The Velvet Underground
- With Charlotte in the car – Road by Nick Drake
- Garage, first time sees band – I Want You To Want Me by I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
- Driving to the diner – What Heart by Oliver Future
- Playing in background at diner – Feels So Good by Chuck Mangione
- Sa5m and Charlotte meet – Free Time by The Aggrolites
- Playing with kids – Star by David Bowie
- Mom asks what’s a sideman – Twice is Too Much by Exist
- Class report – Classroom Rap by Matt Hensarling and Derek Cox-Berg
- Piano audition song – Impromptu Op. 90 #2 in E-Flat Major by Lisa Chung
- Second piano audition song – Blister in the Sun by Gordon Gano (Originally by the Violent Femmes)
- (unknown scene) – Leave it To the Wind by Scott Porter and Glory Dogs
- Building the band – Jammin’ on F by I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
- Diner – Lovesick by 78 Violet, featuring Ali & AJ
- Band rehearsal – Amphetemine by I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
- (unknown scene) – My Country Tis of Thee by The Antislavery Ensemble
- Take the subway, tour the city – 24 Hours by Shack
- CBGB – See No Evil by Television
- Kisses Charlotte – Lunar One by Seventeen Evergreen
- Sa5m guitar video – Everything I Own by Vanessa Hudgens
- Concert – Stuck in the Middle by The Burning Hotels
- Video for class project – Young Folks by Peter Bjorn
- Sings song for Charlotte – Pretend by Scott Porter and Glory Dogs
- Charlotte plays piano song – Someone to Fall Back On by Aly Michalka
- Practice song for show – Someone to Fall Back On by I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
- Bandslam song 1 – Blizzard Woman Blues by The Daze
- Bandslam song 2 – My New Romance by The Burning Hotels
- Bandslam song 3 – Shape by Zeale, Phranchyze and Candice Jackson
- Bandslam song 4 – Someone to Fall Back On by Scott Porter and Glory Dogs
- Bandslam song 5, their song – Everything I Own by I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
- MySpace page, Bowie writes email – What Light by Wilco
- First credits song – Corvette by Golden Smog
- Second credits song – Where Are You Now by Honor Society