Six bands from Portland list their favorite movie soundtracks.
The legend that is Neil Young wrote this harrowing, starkly beautiful soundtrack in a single spontaneous session during which he watched an early cut of the film alone on his ranch. I'd like to think Jim Jarmusch peed his pants when he heard it. Or at least cried a little. If you haven't seen the movie, see it. If you see it, you'll without a doubt want the soundtrack. Between the atmospheric musical stretches, snippets of dialogue are included. Particularly quotable is a scene featuring Iggy Pop and Billy Bob Thornton arguing over who gets to say grace and then who gets to have their way with Johnny Depp's character.
This one is so obvious. But it has to be included. Would this landmark film be half as powerful as it is without Simon and Garfunkel's beautiful variations on a theme? The reverb on the recording is as thick and shimmering as early morning fog on the California coast.
Let's face it, there's no middle ground here; folks either love Vincent Gallo or hate him. And I have to believe he wouldn't have it any other way. This movie gets better every time you see it and is another highly quotable fave of mine. There are lots of great actors playing colorful characters here. Get a load of Anjelica Huston's hilarious football-crazed character. This was back when Christina Ricci was voluptuous, edgy, new to us all. She's the perfect foil for Gallo's anti-hero. The soundtrack will turn you into a die-hard Yes and King Crimson fan and you'll be grateful!
This is another one that is obvious but has to be included in any self-respecting list! Everyone loves a road trip and every road trip loves a soundtrack as perfect as this. It truly is a snapshot of America in that psychedelic moment, and while the music often sums up the playful, sexually abandoned hedonism of the day, the film work is gritty, shocking, and there is no happy ending.