Wilco and 80’s soundtracks

As it’s been quiet at work today- relatively speaking- I’ve been able to listen to Wilco (The Album) in its entirety today. My best friend Luke is well into these guys, but I’ve never really been bothered to check them out. However, I’ve read about them being slightly similar to The National, so I thought I’d give it a go. And guess what? Really good. Obviously, I’ll have to give it a proper listen whilst not at work but my first impressions are very positive.

To take a bit of a left turn now, earlier this morning I asked my Twitter followers about favourite soundtracks from the 80’s. If you’re reading this, the chances are you probably knew that already, you may even have responded to me. I guess the question was driven by the fact that I am currently incapable of stepping onto a treadmill without firing up The Rocky Story album. It’s less The Rocky Story and more the Rocky IV soundtrack as it misses the fabulously funky reworking of the classic theme tune from Rocky II. Regardless, as I said a few weeks back, you haven’t done a workout until you’ve done it till this brilliant soundtrack- there’s even a track called “Training Montage” for God’s sake.

I wonder if this only works if you are of a certain age. A bit like Halloween, I think the music from Rocky IV is practically inseparable from the film and so certain parts of the track called “War” have me flinching and exhaling as if I’ve just been clobbered by Ivan Drago himself. Whilst on the treadmill. But would someone who’s maybe seen the film once, and didn’t grow up with it, react in the same way? Doubtful, I think.

It got me wondering though. Parts of the soundtrack, which is generally pretty bombastic, had little electronic touches that reminded me of The Terminator- now there’s a soundtrack to enjoy. I had a taped copy of that when I was younger too- funnily enough on the other side of the Rocky Story. It had five songs from the film (I think) and then five of the amazing pieces of work that Brad Fiedel (not to be confused with former Aston Villa and Blackburn keeper, Brad Friedel) put together from the film. I think the most haunting of these is undoubtedly the music that soundtracks Reese remembering his walk through the base just before the two Terminators show up and massacre everyone (except Reese, obviously), leading to the photo of Sarah burning in a fire. However, my favourite piece of music in the film is the one that soundtracks the car chase that the Terminator mysteriously disappears from. You know, this one:

Exhilirating, isn’t it?

Eventually, I got some responses to my question and interesting they were. Top Gun and The Lost Boys (I have it on vinyl, if you can believe that) were mentioned and I love those, particularly the magnificently moody opening to Top Gun that then gives way to Kenny Loggins and Danger Zone. I was disappointed that nobody mentioned Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, particularly as Yello’s Oh Yeah is such a prominent track in that film but other suggestions were great; Giorgio Moroder’s Scarface soundtrack is a winner, as is the Blues Brothers. I’m not too familiar with the Breakfast Club sountrack, or (shamefully) John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China but mentions of the theme tunes from Roobarb and Custard and The Littlest Hobo saw my nostalgia cup overflowing.

Check ’em out.

Roobarb and Custard

The Littlest Hobo

Having just listened to this one, I’ve come over all emotional…



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