By Sarah Stopforth
From waltzing through the local diner to “The One Thing” by INXS, to dancing at the prom to Romeo Void’s “Never Say Never”, to tearing up the high school overnight to Kim Wilde’s “Kids of America” and driving into the distance on a motorcycle to Bob Seger’s “Roll Me Away”. These songs make James Foley’s Reckless, with INXS as a major stand out, securing three songs throughout the film. The solid gold rock/pop tinted hits from the Australian band, establish the tone of the film as dangerous and leaving you wanting more.
Empire Records (1995)
A classic 1990s cult favourite, Empire Records can be watched over and over again. The key to this is the soundtrack. Many of the legendary film-enhancing songs featured did not make it onto the official soundtrack. The Cruel Sea, songs from The Dirt Clods and EVEN AC/DC were left out…. how this happened, I will never know. Like most soundtracks, official or not, the only way to truly appreciate their brilliance is to watch the film first and experience the songs with the picture. Because what would they be without the music?
Funny Girl (1968)
This film will make you appreciate and fall in love with the charm and talents of Barbra Streisand. With soaring music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, this Broadway musical, turned film, immediately lifts your mood and takes you into its world. The film itself begins with a black screen and allows a solid four minutes and fifty seconds for the music to speak as an introduction into the big band world of Fanny Brice (alá “Don’t Rain on My Parade”). William Wyler’s Funny Girl makes you want to stand at the railing of a New York Central charter boat and sing at the top of your lungs.
Pretty in Pink (1986)
I own a special edition record of this album, and the vinyl is pink. I feel like that sets the scene here. The compilation of artists on this soundtrack far surpasses the pink wax. Much like Reckless (1984), Pretty in Pink features some of the best New Wave bands the 1980s had to offer, from The Smiths, New Order, The Psychedelic Furs, and of course, INXS. John Hughes knew exactly what he was doing. A notable tune in the film is Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness,” which Duckie performs an unforgettable sequence to Andie. This soundtrack is the perfect time machine to TRAX and all good things 80s.
Wes Anderson can do no wrong in my eyes. This Soundtrack from Rushmore, is one of his best achievements. Not only is the film hilariously entertaining, the music also perfectly complements the tone. The adventures of Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) and his comrades couldn’t sound better. Featuring music from The Kinks, Cat Stevens, John Lennon, Faces, and The Who, Rushmore will have you feeling all the good vibes, and get your foot tapping in the process.