1. Forrest Gump (1994). It has to be doesn’t it. I’d love to shake the hand of the music director for this film. They managed to turn already legendary scenes into iconic, Oscar winning ones. I mean, heartbroken Forrest running across North Carolina, the camera panning over the mountain range with Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way chorus soaring over the footage. GOOSEBUMPS. They capture the 60s and 70s decades perfectly with just snippets of the right songs at the right time and every time I watch it I will never not be impressed. Just some of the other great songs in the film are: Elvis Presley – Hound Dog, Bob Dylan- Blowin’ in the wind, The Mamas & the Papas – California Dreamin’ and The Byrd’s- Turn! Turn! Turn! Click Here for the Vinyl.
2. The Lost Boys (1987). The film that epitomises the 80s. It’s a cult classic that opens with not only one cracker but two. When the credits first roll we are greeted with Cry Little Sister by Gerard McMahon. You know you’re in for a good ride from this point onward. Later, as the credits continue, introducing the fictional beachside town, Santa Carla (murder capital of the world) there is another huge treat – the cover of all covers, a cover almost better than the original, Echo & the Bunnymen’s version of People are Strange originally by The Doors. It’s cool, it’s eerie and it’s perfectly suited to the scene. Super saddo fan fact alert, as they didn’t use The Doors original track they played homage to them instead by having a huge picture of Jim Morrison hung in the vampires lair. If all that wasn’t enough there’s the added bonus of a live performance of I Still Believe by Tim Cappello oiled up on his sax, imagine how that sounds on Vinyl. Why not find out? Tap here.
3. The Graduate (1967). A young Dustin Hoffman, artsy footage, random moody camera angles, an unconventional cougar love triangle and an absolutely belting Simon and Garfunkel sound track, what more could you want? Forget any meme you have ever seen paired with ‘Hello darkness my old friend’, this is the original. The sound of silence at it’s best with Hoffman floating on a lilo in a pool pondering his predicament. The deep, meaningful and seemingly dark songs are perfectly intertwined with the footage which is why Scarborough Fair blends in so perfectly well too. However, it’s not all doom and gloom as the upbeat Mrs Robinson is the song that binds it all together. The film helped promote the track and the track helped promote the film back in 1967 and I’m almost certain it contributed towards this masterpiece gaining an Oscar. Take a look…
4. Almost Famous (2000). Arguably a very underrated film and sound track. It wasn’t a box office smash but seems to have found a place in the hearts of many now. The LP also appears to be a rarity and costs a pretty penny too, pun intended. I don’t think very many were made so to get hold of an original (now it has a pretty big cult following) is difficult! The only ones I have come across seem to be limited edition white or purple, and if you ask me… sounds like an investment piece! You know what to do. For every twist and turn in this often forgotten classic there’s a great song or at least a snippet of one. If you’re a fan then you’ll no doubt remember the coach scene, where all the characters sing along to Elton John’s Tiny Dancer. It’s the pièce de résistance of the film. Yet, I can’t help but feel my favourite scene is with the enigma Penny Lane slowly dancing around the empty concert hall with a singular rose to Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), The Wind. Beautiful.
5. Pretty in Pink (1986). Long before the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye came around and absolutely destroyed the Motown classic Try a Little Tenderness by Mr Otis Redding, it featured in John Hughes 80’s blockbusters like this and was cool. Ducky infamously mouths and performs this song with all his pizzazz and spunk in the record store. If you ask me, there is no better combination than the 60s and 80s, how could you not love it when two extraordinary decades in music and fashion are seemingly fused together in this way. I’m also a huge fan of a film title sharing the same name as the leading track that’s released with it, it’s genius marketing. I’m sure British new wave band The Psychedelic Furs are very grateful for it too, hopefully still reeling in the royalties. The song and the film are a time capsule to a beloved decade since passed as new wave, diverse subcultures, big hair and even John Hughes the director of many great movies are now but a mere memory. RIP. This is available on a special pink vinyl, ‘white hot’ if you ask me.
6. Trainspotting (1996). British 90s grit at its finest. You’ll find Brit pop VIP in every corner of this black comedy including the likes of Pulp and Blur. The opening scene of the film contains Iggy Pop for god sake! I’m kind of already wishing I’d put this further up in my rankings. I don’t know who was the one sifting and sorting through underground, trance, rave-like dance music in Danny Boyle’s production office, but hats off to them for coming up trumps with the song which is now most iconically associated with the film, Born Slippy. NUXX by Underworld. They even peaked at #2 in the UK chart with it! Not bad for an unknown band, eh?Then you’ve got the little bonus feature of Heaven 17’s Temptation snook in the nightclub scene, I mean surely that was enough? Nope, they didn’t stop there. In one of the most poignant scenes of the film where Renton overdoses, we are played Lou Reed’s Perfect Day over the footage and if you have never seen it, you should. It’s about as eye opening and powerful as film can be. As for the vinyl, treat yo’self.
7. Footloose (1984). Alas, the guiltiest pleasure on my list. It’s the cheesy 80s dance movie cliche that everybody loves, whether they care to admit it or not. Embrace it I say! It’s the feel good film of the decade with hilarious uplifting scenes that genuinely do make you want to get up and cut loose. Of course, I’m referring to the high school prom scene, where the music and dance ban is finally negotiated in the highly religious cult-like town and everyone goes cray to Kenny Logins- Footloose! You’ve also got the joy of THE 80s power ballad Bonny Tyler’s Holding out for a Hero and an endearing scene where Ren teaches Willard how to get down to the track Let’s Hear it for the Boy- Deniece Williams. It’s an all rounder. To be honest, the main reason I did include this (not that I don’t love it) is because this vinyl is cheap as chips! There’s a lot of originals flying around too! It may have to be shipped from the US but definitely worth it. I’m talking like £2.00! Get involved.
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