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Down By Law (1986 Film) / Variety (1985 Film) [2 on 1] Soundtrack


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: March 8, 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Strange & Beautiful
  • ASIN: B00001ZWCE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,285 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If John Lurie's music is most aptly described as "fake jazz" (his own description), then there are few better places to experience its fakeness than here. No matter how that sounds, it's a compliment. Lurie's earliest lineups of his Lounge Lizards featured Arto Lindsay in a deconstructive, crunching mode, and the octet that plays the roughly 19 minutes of music for Jim Jarmusch's cult classic Down by Law features not only Lindsay but also his successor, Marc Ribot, among others. They play 13 atmospheric vignettes (again, in 19 minutes!), always forcing the ear back onto the nuggets, as if Lurie is tugging at you to acknowledge that a) his is a strong, idiosyncratic ear for the meeting of auditory and visual elements; and b) his is a music built out of cells like this, which in future versions of the Lounge Lizards have served as the brick and mortar of his additive compositional techniques. Yes, there's too little music from Down by Law, but you do also get nearly 18 minutes of music from Betty Gordon's Variety, this time played with straighter rhythms, albeit ones with titles like "Porno Booth" and "Garter Belt." The band on the latter film's music is Lurie's after-Lindsay outfit, with his brother Evan on piano. The music is stylized without being overstuffed and aptly sultry and noirish. If anyone had doubts about Lurie's manifold talents, this set from 1987 should confirm that he's been on similar aesthetic roads to his late-1990s bands for many years. For more confirmation from the film-meets-Lurie world, check out Stranger than Paradise. --Andrew Bartlett

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tokyodoll on February 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
John Lurie's memorable music for the wonderful film "Down By Law" (now a Criterion DVD release) is well worth seeking out. Both the film and the music are amazing, and seem to blend together seamlessly. My only complaint is that I wish the CD included some of the Tom Waits songs from his terrific "Rain Dogs" CD which are used in the film, otherwise the soundtrack is perfect and it's without a doubt one of Lurie's best releases.
Moody and haunting, the music evokes the alleyways and swamps of New Orleans perfectly. Get this and Tom's "Rain Dogs" CD for the full "Down By Law" experience. You won't be disappointed! Both CDs include some of the finest music made in the 1980s for one of the best American films ever made!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allan MacInnis on October 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
John Lurie, urban hipster and clueless visionary, recorded the music for this CD (featuring his brother - ? - Evan and subsequent Lounge Lizards drummer Dougie Bowne, among others) back before the Lounge Lizards had fully matured; the music is playful, the song titles, when not referring to the movie itself, demonstrate Lurie's crazy gift with words ("What do you know about music, you're not a lawyer;" "A Hundred Miles from Harry;" and "Nicoletta Can't Cook" -- my condolences to Roberto Benigni on that last point). However, it's NOT his most complex or rich soundtrack work. For that, you'll have to pick up AFRICAN SWIM/MANNY AND LO, or even FISHING WITH JOHN -- these show Lurie at the height of his powers. Still, there's a charm to this music; it's darker, moodier, and sleazier than Lurie's later output, particularly the material off the soundtrack to the REALLY BAD 80's attempt at feminist noir, VARIETY (which has to be the weakest project Kathy Acker ever was associated with; the music is the best thing about that film, so don't go hunting for the video of it -- it really just FAILS as a film). I'd recommend it, but perhaps, if you don't know Lurie, I'd buy the Lizards' QUEEN OF ALL EARS or NO PAIN FOR CAKES first, and come back to this later.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas DePiano on February 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Love the film, hate the soundtrack....aside from the cover photo I wouldnt recommend this to any, but the most devoted John Lurie fans....its bleak and unredeeming...whether that was meant to be or not is irrelevant to me. The music Tom Waites brought to the film would have made this a more "enjoyable" experience. For that, buy "Rain Dogs", a great record which I own on vinyl.....Avoid this dreck!
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