Music Monday: Soundtracks

I've stolen the ideas of others lately for my themes, so this week, I'm going it alone. HOWEVER, I will be relying on audience participation, in a way. You are under no obligation to comment here, as I fully acknowledge that Music Mondays are about absorbing the music, not necessarily discussing it. The theme this week is soundtracks, and because I'm cheesy and also rather curious, I want to know what the soundtrack is to your life. I don't mean that you have to choose a song to go along with specific events, though if you want to, knock yourselves out. If you had a film made about your life, what songs would be on the soundtrack? Note - they do not need to be songs from soundtracks.

I won't bother doing my own version of this, since that's pretty much what every MM is (speaking of MM - whatever happened to MM over at Limbo Party? God, how I loved that woman), so I'll just give you some of my favourite songs from soundtracks.

The Red Violin - I loooooove this film. If you haven't seen it, please rent it, buy it, steal it. Prostitute yourself to gain the funds to purchase it. Whatever. Just do it. While you're at it, buy the soundtrack. Amazing.

Trainspotting - This movie is the 90s for me. Sigh.

Lou Reed: Perfect Day

O Brother Where Art Thou?strong> - Knowing my love for bluegrass and Americana music, you had to know I'd mention this. Also, Coen Brothers? Love.

Ralph Stanley: O Death

Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch: I'll Fly Away

In Good Company - I stayed up and watched this last week as per The Guardian's recommendation, and I do whatever that newspaper tells me to do. Not bad for this genre (romantic dramedy-type), and I was couldn't determine whether I found Topher Grace really hot, or wear-your-scalp-as-a-wig creepy. I'm still pondering this most important issue.

Iron & Wine: Naked As We Came

Pretty in Pink - Sixteen Candles is actually my favourite Hughes film, but this is a fabulous soundtrack. Allow me to take you back...

OMD: If You Leave

Magnolia - A three hour movie with Tom Cruise? I thought it would be a definite recipe for disaster, but I really like Magnolia. I also see it's almost 10 years old. Shit.

Aimee Mann: Save Me

The Sweet Hereafter - an achingly beautiful film which you shouldn't watch if in a delicate emotional state. Certainly worth watching though, especially if you're a Sarah Polley fan like me.

Sarah Polley: Courage (Tragically Hip cover)

South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut - This was a struggle for me. Oh, how to decide between "Kyle's Mom's a Big Fat Bitch", "What Would Brian Boitano Do?", and "Blame Canada"? I've gone with "Uncle Fucka", because I sing this song to myself sometimes because it's just so durn catchy.

The Last of the Mohicans - My Mom adores this movie, and will, without a doubt, say something along the lines of, "I love how they show such intimacy without all of that sex and nudity like you see in other movies!" In fact, I might make her watch the DVD when she visits over Christmas just to test this theory. I will report back.

Mom's love of this film aside, it's a good movie with a great soundtrack, and lots of partially clad hot pieces of ass. The last scene (included in the video below) is horrible, but beautifully shot.

Requiem for a Dream - This is such a great movie, but I never want to see it again. I watched it on my own years ago, late at night. When it finished, I sat there staring at the blank TV screen, not quite sure what to do next. I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that I was depressed for days after I saw this. Days. If you haven't seen it, you should, just have vodka and Prozac at the ready - an endless supply.

Kronos Quartet: Lux Aeterna (you'll probably recognise this from every film trailer made after Requiem was released)

Juno - no commentary needed here. We all know the kerfuffle that resulted from this movie's release last year. Yikes.

Kimya Dawson: So Nice, So Smart

Anyone Else But You: Michael Cera and Ellen Page (because I just love this boy)

Cold Mountain - Because I just can't get away from this old timey music. Also, could someone please just agree with me and confirm how very woefully miscast Nicole Kidman was as Ada? She was dreadful. I think about how much better the movie could have been without her detached, frigid self. HATE.

Cassie Franklin: Lady Margret

Tim Eriksen: I Wish My Baby Was Born

No playlist this week I'm afraid. So tired, so little time, etc etc.

So, with that out of the way, please tell me your own personal soundtrack. You can leave comments here, or you can even do your own whole blog post about it. I've even set up this fancy thing so you can link to your own post here. Hopefully it works. All you need to do is put in your Blog Title where it asks for your name, and the permalink in the second segment, et voila. Well, I assume et voila. We shall see.


DD said...

Ah,yes, dear mm. Every once in a blue moon she stops by, like Portlairge. I wonder how Wavery and Ornery are doing...

Sorry, I know, irrelevant to your post.

Helen said...

I LOVE OMD's "If You Leave", but now, you whore, I'll be singing it all day long.

I too hated Cold Mountain - mostly for Nicole, also because of Renee's crap Southern twang (and she's a Southerner! WTF?) but definitely because of the puss that is Jude Law.

And "Requiem For a Dream"? Still haunts me. I hear "butt to butt" and have to curl up in a fetal position for a while.

DrSpouse said...

I am really grumpy as for the second week running (and last week I was catching up on a backlog) I can't get the Music Mondays to run. It's possible they will work on my home machine but I have got them to work on this machine before so I don't know why. Gah.

Vacant Uterus said...

I have never watched The Red Violin or The Last of The Mohicans but you can bet I'm going to now! I love, love, love the Allison Krauss version of I'll Fly Away. I used to sing that hymn growing up as a little girl so I have good memories of it anyway. She sings it so well; I love her voice.

Tash said...

(I'm so confused with the comment dohickey! HELP!)

Love all of these. Love that you love Kronos Quartet and Joshua Bell (the violinist behind the Red Violin). Also love 16 candles and PinP.

And Sotuh Park etc. is seriously one of my FAVORITES. I would toss "I'm Super!" in the mix. I sing that a lot. With a heavy dose of sarcasm, of course.

I hear the sound track to Michael Cera's latest "Nick&Nora" is fab, but the movie meh, and I haven't really had time to scope it out.

I'm also a fan of the "Full Monty" soundtrack, as well as "Priscilla, QotD" and (don't hate me) "Swingers."

elizasmom said...

Something about the unrelenting grimness of Magnolia triggered a perverse laugh reflex in the worst way, because I have rarely laughed harder than during that rain of frogs. In TEARS, for, like, days, every time I thought about that scene.

Also, I am totally in agreement with your mom about Last of the Mohicans — and that scene is BRUTAL.

My personal soundtrack right now is most of my 10K mix:

All the Pretty Faces The Killers

American Land Bruce Springsteen

Anne Santogold

Blinded By The Light (the live cajun version) Bruce Springsteen

Buffy theme

For Reasons Unknown The Killers

Give It 2 Me Madonna

Human The Killers

Intervention The Arcade Fire

Jerk It Out The Caesars

John the Revelator Depeche Mode

Juicebox The Strokes

L.E.S. Artistes Santogold

Like a Stone Audioslave (HELLO, TOM MORELLO!)

The Little Things Danny Elfman

No Heaven Champion

Not In Love (feat. Kelis) [Radio Mix] 3:43 Enrique Iglesias (I KNOW)

Read My Mind The Killers

The Saints Are Coming (Live from New Orleans) 3:27 Green Day & U2

Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana (OLD SKOOL)

Somebody Told Me (Josh Harris Club Mix) The Killers

Stronger Kanye West

What I Want She Wants Revenge

Tash said...

OMG, I can't believe I forgot my all time favorite soundtrack. Well, yes I can, because it's been thoroughly deconstructed and now exists on multiple playlists around my home and pocketbook: "Clueless." Coolio, MMBosstones, Smoking Popes. And nothing makes me giggle like Mr. ABF singing along to "I want to be a Supermodel."