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"Death by stereo..."

  • Apr 28, 2007
Rating:
+3
Pros: Some good stuff

Cons: Some mediocre stuff you wonder where it came from

The Bottom Line: Good CD if you like 80s music, and of course, track #6.

For the longest time after seeing The Lost Boys I wanted to hear the soundtrack. I liked “People are Strange” and I especially had what you might call a fixation on whatever song had the chorus singing near the end after the outcome of Michael and David’s fight (Kiefer Sutherland was a cutie, by the way – too bad he was a bit psycho). Years later, here I am, thanks to InterLibrary Loan power. Awesome. Ready for some 80’s goodness?

1.) ”Good Times” by INXS; Jimmy Barnes – 3:52 A good way to start things off with a quick, chuggin’ beat. Good for dancing – everybody get footloose! Oh wait, sorry, wrong movie. In which case I don’t know how this gets into the movie, but it’s still a pretty good song. This is something I could easily see my friends and I rocking out to in the car, windows down, as we drove to a club to dance. Rockin’ guitar and snazzy piano are just a few of the ingredients that give this song it’s “Good Times” power.

2.) ”Lost in the Shadows (The Lost Boys)” by Lou Gramm – 6:36 Longer than I’d originally thought (I listened to this CD without paying attention to the length and the song was ending by the time I thought, “Hmm this song is kinda long.”), it’s pretty basic. The same beat throughout, as well as many of the lyrics, after a while they just sort of repeat, but since it’s a good beat and a foot-tapping sound, you can easily forget that the song isn’t over yet.

3.) ”Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me” by Roger Daltrey – 6:11 A little less rocker – ok, more like softer rock (after all, we are still in the late 80’s) – complete with drum intervals and a lead singer who has an echo effect going on. Plenty of backup singers and trumpets for the main chorus, you can chill to this song like you would any other soft rock song.

4.) ”Laying Down the Law” by INXS; Jimmy Barnes – 4:29 Casual rock I guess you could say. A song where I’m not sure where it fits in the movie, but still something you could enjoy if you like 80’s rock. Also easily forgettable (probably why you don’t hear it often on the radio stations).

5.) ”People Are Strange” by Echo & the Bunnymen – 3:39 Wasn’t this done by The Doors first? Whatever the case, it’s a good version of the song, complete with vibrating notes and a low voice singing about how people are strange when you’re a stranger. True enough. One of those songs that if you haven’t heard it yet, you should. Surprisingly minimalist yet very effective.

6.) ”Cry Little Sister (Theme from The Lost Boys)” by Gerard McMann – 4:47 Definitely the best song on the soundtrack, slow and hey, my favorite part (aside from Gerard’s very nice vocals), a chorus; young boys singing in unison in this case. The CD booklet isn’t giving me any info about them. That chorus at the end of the movie (aww, poor Kiefer Sutherland) was actually the main reason I’ve been trying to get this soundtrack. Loved it. And now that I’ve got the whole thing, I love it even more. I think I’ve played this song 10 or more times already. No joke. Don’t forget that mean organ near the 3 minute mark.

7.) ”Power Play” by Eddie & The Tide – 3:39 So I still don’t get if this song is about sports or the lyrics are a huge metaphor for love. I vote for sports and I start to wonder just where this song was/fits into the movie. I don’t remember. It’s kind of a weird song in that respect. Hey, can I get some more of that cowbell while we’re at it? And don’t forget the saxophone. It’s kind of catchy…but still kind of weird.

8.) ”I Still Believe” by Tim Capello – 4:52 I swear there is a part in this song where the saxophone sounds like a monkey. Aside from that it’s a pretty basic 80’s style song. But it’s pretty good; catchy, got some high points, and I like that sparkly-synth stuff.

9.) ”Beauty Has Her Way” by Mummy Calls – 3:58 I like this one because it’s so different. Beauty sounds a lot like a vampire herself actually… It’s a little mellower (as in not so much rock and roll guitar or thudding drums) and a lot more synth-sort of stuff going on – unless it’s electric piano or something similar – your usual 80’s experimentation I guess. The chorus is the best, because the rest is sort of bare with just a bit of bass and drumming as the lead sings. ”With her hooks in your face” ok now that just sounds plain painful.

10.) ”To the Shock of Miss Louise” by Thomas Newman – 1:24 Nothing like some freaky carnival-style music to give me the creepy-crawlies. I find myself suddenly surrounded by Thomas Newman (I got the Finding Nemo soundtrack before ordering this one), but this is not your typical Newman, I’ll tell you that. It’s weird and like sharp colorful glass falling in front of you. Carnival-style music has always weirded me out, and though this is short, it’s enough to do the job.

It isn’t a super-fantastic soundtrack, not quite like I’d hoped, but it’s still pretty good. I’m sure other people will like it more than myself. I’ve already cut out tracks 7 and 10 from my playlist and I’m sure more will go before I’m done. The songs aren’t bad – but obviously they weren’t really great either, which is why you don’t hear them often on classic rock stations and such. Of course it does fall to personal preference in the end, as I’ve never heard “Cry Little Sister” on the radio and I love that song.

If you liked the movie, feel free to get the soundtrack. It isn’t anything that will knock your socks off, but it still might be something fun for you to listen to. Does make you want to watch the movie again though…

NT

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A really good soundtrack full of that 80's music that we all remember, all the tracks are good but we all know wat the best track is. Highly recommended for any rock or 80's music fan.
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Song List: Disc 1
1. Good Times - INXS/Jimmy Barnes
2. Lost in the Shadows (The Lost Boys) - Lou Gramm
3. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - Roger Daltrey
4. Laying Down the Law - INXS/Jimmy Barnes
5. People Are Strange - Echo & The Bunnymen
6. Cry Little Sister (Theme From the Lost Boys) - Gerard McMann
7. Power Play - Eddie & The Tide
8. I Still Believe - Tim Capello
9. Beauty Has Her Way - Mummy Calls
10. To the Shock of Miss Louise - Thomas Newman
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