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Grosse Pointe Blank: Music From The Film by Various Artists (1997) - Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 18, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: March 13, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Fontana London
  • ASIN: B000001FJL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
2. Rudie Can't Fail - Clash
3. Mirror In The Bathroom - English Beat
4. Under Pressure - David Bowie, Queen
5. I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
6. Live & Let Die - Guns N' Roses
7. We Care A Lot - Faith No More
8. Pressure Drop - Specials
9. Absolute Beginners - Jam
10. Armagideon Time - Clash
11. El Matador - Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
12. Let My Love Open The Door (E. Cola Mix) - Pete Townshend
13. Blister 2000 - Violent Femmes

Editorial Reviews

Largely the conceit of co-writer/star John Cusack, "Grosse Point Blank" is oft compared to Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," which brings to mind that old adage about apples and oranges. Cusack's film is, in its own right, the morally bleaker (and funnier) of the two--a shaggy dog tale about a neurotic young hitman returning home for his tenth high school reunion. The first in what appears to be a slew of films ready to cash in on '80s nostalgia (gen-Xers apparently having learned little from the Baby Boomers they sneer at), "Grosse Point"'s song score covers the decade like a shotgun blast, from the Violent Femmes bouncy "Blister" to Guns 'n' Roses overwrought "Live and Let Die". Minus points: the Clash is represented, but not Joe Strummer's incidental score. --Jerry McCulley

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film and great s.track September 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
leave it to john cusack to ask joe strummer(of the clash)to score the film and pick the songs for the soundtrack/movie.joe strummer hasn't done much since leaving the clash(a few soundtracks/movie roles/out of print solo album and a stint as the pouges front man)but this was one of the things that brought joe back into the music scene.with 80's classics(including two clash songs-amageddin time/rudie can't fail)i say joe did a good job.the only thing missing is joe's film score that played through out the movie.also check out vol. 2 of the soundtrack that features some more 70's 80's bands and a rare joe strummer song,war cry.oh by the way 1 of the reasons cusack had strummer do the soundtrack is because john is a HUGE clash fan(as am i)and has worn clash shirts in a few of his movies.also if your a clash fan check out the new solo album by joe strummer and the mescaleros(rock art and the x-ray style-nov 2nd)the new clash live album(from here to eternity-oct.19th)and the new documentary westwaytotheworld wich should be on vh-1 legends in the future.also check out all their albums(wich in feb.2000 will get remastered and re-released).-jason h.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie and an excellent soundtrack. September 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well, I must say; when I was in Tower Records making my decision on whether to buy the soundtrack to PCU or Grosse Pointe Blank, I was torn. After about 20 minutes I decided on GPB. I couldn't be happier. One of the greatest things about the film was its wide variety of music. My personal favorites are "Blister in the Sun", "Rudie Can't Fail", "Under Pressure", "I Can See Clearly Now"(which was a perfect choice for the opening credits), and " Let My Love Open the Door." The cd is a must-have. You will not be dissapointed!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prayers answered August 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I thoroughly enjoyed Cusack's brainchild Grosse Pointe Blank when I saw it in the theater around April of '97. I thought the music in the film was a great, eclectic mix of the mid-80s, but was disappointed with the (single) soundtrack disc that appeared around the same time since it didn't even contain half of the music from the film. Where was Take On Me? Where was White Lines? Dominatrix? Or the great Joe Strummer score? Lo and behold, my prayers (and the prayers of many other fans of the film I'm sure) were answered that fall when this little gem appeared.
While I think the film warranted a double-disc set with more music on each disc (they could have maxed out the length of the discs) I'll take this. And the 2 different discs definitely have their own flavors. I prefer the green disc as it mixes some good gothy rock (Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Pogues), ska (The Specials) and then some fun faves (A-Ha, Grandmaster Flash). One complaint: while it's great to have a track of the Joe Strummer score (the pulsing War Cry) it would have been nice to hear the entire score on disc, as it was a nice element to the film. Ah, who knows, maybe they'll put out a disc 3.
Nevertheless, this is a fine, fine disc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have both---prefer this one April 3, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD. It is not quite as upbeat as the first, but there are some less mainstream choices here that rock. In particular "Lorca's Novena" and "War Cry". Plus "Let It Whip" which was pretty popular when it came out, but I had forgotten about its existance 'til I heard it in the movie. Between volume one and volume two you could probably make THE definative 'alternative' (hate that word) 80's CD. I've had this CD for close to a year and play it at least twice a week--it definately has staying power!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Point Blank Hits Its Target December 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
My iniatial disappointments with this soundtrack had to do (mostly) with the songs that were missing. However, someone out there shared my complaint and a second volume was released. Now if we could just wrap up the remaining songs with a volume 3, I would be more than content. The thing is that there isn't an unenjoyable song IN this movie. Its all good. So, let's get on top of that third volume: 1)Fugue In A-Minor 2)Ace of Spades 3)In Between Days 4)Your Lucky Day In Hell 5)Sharks Can't Sleep 6)Little Luxuries 7)Big Boss Man 8)Detroit City 9)Walk Like An Egyptian 10)99 Luftbaloons 11)Doors of Your Heart; and let's throw the "elevator music" version of "Live and Let Die" and the original "Let My Love Open The Door" on for good measure.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top ten CDs August 26, 2005
By Mostlee
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Whoa! I do really enjoy listening to this soundtrack CD and I think I liked the Guns and Roses song better than our friend from Hawaii. When I hear "Live and let Die", I recall the scene when John's character pulls up to what he believes to be his Mother's house (the house he grew up in). When I first saw that scene, I just about fell off the couch laughing. A perfect song for that look on his face. I too could have done without the plunky sounding "Blister in the Sun" revision; it gets old to have to skip it. I'm also thinking of picking up Vol. 2 Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack; I'd wondered where the other tracks went to; LOL. Worth the money in my book; It'll probably be playing on my old system when they pry the remote out of my scriveled old hand years from now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Song Selection May 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those rare instances where the soundtrack is actually BETTER than the movie. Don't get me wrong -- the movie was pretty good. But this CD transcends the film.
First of all, there is excellent song selection. Not only do the themes of these songs mirror the action in the movie (like "Pressure Drop" and "Let My Love Open The Door"), but they also represent a broad cross section of musical styles. I mean, how many albums can you think of that feature Guns N' Roses, the English Beat and Johnny Nash on the same record? That's pretty eclectic.
The songs themselves include some all-time classics. "Pressure Drop" is one of the best songs ever written, and this CD introduces The Specials to a whole new audience. (By the way, if you like modern ska like Mighty Mighty Bosstones or No Doubt, you MUST pick up some old Specials records to learn about the forefathers of ska.) The Clash's "Armagideon Time" is another underappreciated gem that fits the mood perfectly. I disagree with the inclusion of "We Care A Lot" and "Absolute Beginners," which is why I only gave it four stars. Nevertheless, this is a very fine addition to any music collection.
One final note: I like the fact that The Clash appears twice, given that Joe Strummer scored the film. That's a nice touch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great soundtrack. Good luck finding a digital version.
Published 2 months ago by William Odis Pate II
5.0 out of 5 stars John Cusack Fan
At first i didn't have high hopes for this movie but it was awesome and the soundtrack is just as good, it's one of those sound tracks where when you hear it you remember scenes of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeff A Milne
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Period Music
Sound track is better in conjunction with movie rather then a stand alone CD. The Clash tracks were particularly good.
Published 4 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Listening constantly
Bought this looking for a particular song but it wasn't on the sound track. Nevertheless, I love it and it mirrors the movie very well, unlike other soundtracks from same era.
Published 8 months ago by Britt Allgood
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories
Awesome soundtrack! Its as fun as watching the movie again,the music is just fantastic. It brings me back to when they were popular.
Published 11 months ago by Krista Mazzella
4.0 out of 5 stars They've got some good fun music on this sound track
They've got some good fun music on this sound track. And the movie is sensational. If you don't like it, you like the wrong things.
Published 13 months ago by Bitey (the big one)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great score
If you have never seen Grosse Pointe Blank, then you are in for a real treat. This is a truly great movie. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jerry
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Ok
Not exactly what I expected. One of the ones where the sound track was more interesting during the movie. Have move it to the back of the pack.
Published 16 months ago by fawngulley
4.0 out of 5 stars Grosse Point Blank Soundtrack (Volume 1)
A fantastic movie which in part was due to the great music used throughout. Well worth the buy if you enjoyed the movie.
Published 18 months ago by Tim Kerr-Thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars Grosse Pointe Blank Film Score
Loved the movie and the music score. We were disappointed that the song, "99 Luft Balloons" wasn't included on the CD.
Published 20 months ago by SammiC
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