Friday, March 18, 2011

Desert Island CD

Castor, of Anomalous Material, has initiated, in the vein of Fandago Groover's Desert Island DVDs blogathon awhile back, one of his very own, this time with movie-related music. So we get a 12-track CD (let's pretend iPods don't exist, guys), and we gotta fill that shit up (although I'm not terribly sure when I'm supposed to post it, but I'm doing it now, because fuck it, I have homework). Now I'll know what to pack it I ever voyage down the fabled Wilde-Ocean, because you know how those Wildepirates can be.

Videos to be added when my stupid fucking computer stops being a stupid fucking fuck.

1) "Jezebel" by Anna Calvi
A brilliantly operatic and hypnotic enough to distract me from the roaming Wildepumas, this recording has not been in any movie I'm aware of. Except, it was originally an Edith Paif song, and that was a movie! Also, see, Calvi is hugely influenced by films, citing Gus Van Sant, Wong Kar-Wai and David Lynch, as well as Ennio Morriccone. And Bowie. Which brings us to...

2) "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" by David Bowie (from the Inglorious Basterds/Cat People soundtracks)
Again, the good side of the eighties with the epic power it now associates with Melanie Laurent's suit up. I shall need it during the final battle with the dastardly Wildepirates.

3) "I'll Make a Man Out of You" sung by Donny Osmond for Mulan
Oh, come on. The Wildezombies (too much?) need training, and this is the song to do it.

4) "Lust for Life" by Iggy Pop, on the Trainspotting soundtrack

Oh, come one now. Just because your on an island doesn't mean you can't have some drug-fueled petty thievery once in awhile.

5) "Five Years" by David Bowie, as used in What We Do Is Secret
Sure, I might've used The Germs' own "Lexicon Devil", but I liked the way this was used in the movie. The song is frequently referenced, in accordance with Darby Crash's 'Five Year Plan'. We never actually hear it until the penultimate scene, where Darby (played by Shane Black) ODs, where it plays in montage to former band members finding out about John Lennon's death (only a day separated their deaths). While the movie overall feels like a bunch of NYU graduates mugging in their rattiest jeans, this is one of the few scenes that feels...honest? Real? Something.

I will, of course, request the WZ clan play this on my death bed.

6) "Jennifer's Body" by Hole, as heard kind of in, uh, Jennifer's Body
I love how Courtney Love manages to scream while still singing, you know? Not just screeching into the microphone. My minions will need a good head-thrash-to-shuffling-coolly song after a day's work prepping the attack.

7) Urge Overkill's cover of Neil Diamond's pedo-tastic song, "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon", as heard in Pulp Fiction
Ah, yes. Such a deceitfully hip song until you listen to the lyrics. But it's just so good, dude. Just me, some coke, my tricked-out condo overlooking the battlefields, and this song, bro.

8) "Venus in Furs" by the Velvet Underground, in, among others, Last Days
Is it weird that I'm strongly prejudicial to songs I can either dance violently or sway indifferently to? Well, no. I don't want to isolate the WZ natives too much.

9) "Rabbia E Tarantella" by Ennio Morriccone, most recently used as the end credits to Inglorious Basterds
What can I say? Tarantino knows how to make a damn soundtrack.

10) The entire Suspiria score by Goblin
Guys. Come one, now. Just take a breath and calm down.

11) "Linda Linda" by the Blue Hearts, the main basis for the movie Linda Linda Linda
Not only did I just remind myself that I never wrote a review of this adorable Japanese movie (with Bae Doona! She's awesome, remember?), I also remembered the immense pain it brings me that I can't find one, not one download of this song. I can't find any CDs, not even a fucking vinyl. So one might say this particular entry is wish-fulfillment, but come on. The song is awesome, and I would show you, but please reference the disclaimer above.

12) "Ziggy Stardust" by David Bowie, as featured in many things, okay, shut up.
Let me make this very clear. If I did not have this song at ready disposal on this war-torn Wilde-Island, I would not make it. Oh, sure, I can't find any version of "Cruella De Vil" from 101 Dalmatians that isn't by Selena Gomez, and "Life on Mars" speaks to me in ways only teenaged girls half-raised by pop culture could understand, and the Teen Titans theme song by Puffy Ami Yumi is brilliantly poppy, and "Misery Business" by Paramour is my connection to modern music, bro, and "Get Happy" is just brilliant, but guys. I need my Ziggy.