Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Proper Soundtrack for a Movie Set in the Mid 1990s

Middle Men, which chronicles the birth and rise of adult content on the Internet, is set in the mid 1990s. Since this is perhaps the first major period piece set in the era in which I came of age, I was curious to check out the soundtrack and see what music the filmmakers used to re-create that time period. Strangely, Middle Men has a very un-1995 soundtrack. "California Love" by Tupac and Dre, while a good choice, is the only 1995-appropriate song on the list. Assuming the story in the film continues into the late 1990s, "Hypnotize" by Biggie and "Tubthumping" by Chumbawumba also fit, even if neither is a particularly inspired choice.

Since Middle Men missed an opportunity to musically recreate my late teens, I decided to put together a proper soundtrack for a hypothetical movie set in the mid 1990s, one comprised entirely of songs released between 1993 and 1997, inclusive. I've given myself the rule of using no more than one song by a given artist. My intent is to choose music that 1) captures the time period and 2) lends itself to a movie soundtrack. ("INT - ANDERSON'S ONE-BEDROOM APARTMENT Dejected, Anderson throws himself onto the couch and stares at the ceiling; "Dropout" by Urge Overkill plays in the background. . . . EXT - AERIAL SHOT OF INTERSTATE 57 Anderson leaves the Adelaide, Illinois in his 1987 Ford Escort en route to Winnepeg. "Voodoo Lady" by Ween plays on the car stereo.") My aim is not to put together a "Best of 1995" or "Josh's Favorite Songs From the Mid 1990s" compilation.

I came up with a double album. Here it is:

1. "Voodoo Lady," Ween
2. "Old Friend," Rancid
3. "Bones," Radiohead
4. "I Ain't Goin Out Like That," Cypress Hill
5. "Nashville," Liz Phair
6. "Sappy," Nirvana
7. "She'll Come Back to Me," Cake
8. "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check," Busta Rhymes
9. "I Took Your Name," R.E.M.
10. "Retreat From the Sun," that dog
11. "California Love," 2Pac and Dr. Dre

1. "I Just Threw Out the Love of My Dreams," Weezer
2. "Hey, Johnny Park!" Foo Fighters
3. "C.R.E.A.M.," Wu-Tang Clan
4. "Lord Only Knows," Beck
5. "Muzzle," Smashing Pumpkins
6. "Dropout," Urge Overkill
7. "Smile," Pearl Jam
8. "Later Than Now," *asterisk
9. "Shutterbug," Veruca Salt
10. "Gin and Juice," Snoop Doggy Dogg
11. "Take Me Home," National Biscuit Company*

* Any soundtrack for which I am the executive producer will feature one song from one of my old bands.


Anonymous PIP said...

I would probably buy that double album. Although, I might have replaced "Lord Only Knows" with "Hotwax" by Beck. Love the inclusion of Ween. No Primus though? What about a little "DMV" or "Nature Boy"? I might also throw "Thirty-Three" by Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day's "Longview", and "March of the Pigs" from Nine Inch Nails on there as well.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous PIP said...

My bad...I didn't see you already had "Muzzle" on there. That's a solid pick too. Just thought of another one..."Milk" by Garbage. Man, those were good times.

9:45 PM  

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