All 11 Songs from the Super 8 Soundtrack
The Super 8 soundtrack brings 11 songs straight from the summer of ’79 to the screen, including ELO, Blondie, The Cars and Wings. The music plays well with the kitschy look back to the new technologies that seemed amazing in the day, but somewhat hilarious in the context of today. Imagine being able to listen to a tape on your own portable music system, the Walkmen, or being able to rush the development of your Super 8 film, so that you can reveal all of the secrets of your own home mystery movie in just three whole days.
I loved this movie. It reminded me of the Goonies in all of its innocence and adventure. If you are reading this post and have not seen Goonies, stop reading, turn on Netflix, watch the movie, and then return to the post. If you’ve already seen Goonies, you know what I’m talking about. The kids were amazing in this movie. They were funny, awkward, endearing and brave. The movie at the end of the movie was hysterical as well.
As for the music from Super 8, here’s the complete list of all 11 songs from Super 8, along with notes on the scenes they were in. Don’t Bring Me Down and My Sharona are repeated twice, being used in the movie itself as well as the end credits.
- Getting out of school – Don’t Bring Me Down – Electric Light Orchestra
- Dinner at Charles’s house – Match Game Opening Theme – Robert Arnold Israel
- Joe and his dad at the diner talking about baseball camp – Easy – Commodores
- Kids singing at night waiting to shoot the movie scenes – My Sharona – Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso and Joel Courtney
- Driving in the car to shoot the movie scenes – Bye Bye Love – The Cars
- Kids sitting at the diner talking about the crash – Silly Love Songs – Wings
- Gas station attendant listening to his Walkman on his headphones – Heart of Glass – Blondie
- Cartoon in the background on the TV – High Diving Hare – Carl Stalling
- Stoner smoking pot in the car outside the school – Undercover Angel – Alan O’Day
- Stoner drives up in the car the bus attack – Le Freak – Chic
- First end credits song – Don’t Bring Me Down – Electric Light Orchestra
- Second end credits song (after the mini movie) – My Sharona – The Knack
- Original music for Super 8 – Michael Giacchino
I’ve picked the live versions so you can get a bit of the flavor of the time period. Yeah, that was some time ago.
Here's My Sharona, which plays twice in Super 8: Last but not least, you can't have the 70s, without Blondie: