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Lost Highway (1997 Film) Soundtrack

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Lost Highway ~ Soundtrack

Spooky and cool--those two words pretty much sum up this soundtrack for David Lynch's stranger-than-usual movie. It's a mix of hard-edged techno-industrial, slightly spooky jazz, and orchestral compositions from Angelo Badalamenti. David Bowie's "I'm Deranged" is a major highlight, proving once again that he is the coolest man on the planet. Badalamenti's instrumental tracks are reminiscent of Elliot Goldenthal's Interview with the Vampire soundtrack, although "Dub Driving" sounds like an accompaniment to Sam Spade. Sandwiched between a pair of tense city-thriller tracks by Barry Adamson, Lou Reed's rendition of "This Magic Moment" acquires its own disturbing dimension, but the most entertaining track on this CD is, without a doubt, Marilyn Manson's rendition of "I Put a Spell on You." It's not exactly party music, but it's loaded with atmosphere. --Genevieve Williams

1. I'm Deranged (Edit) - David Bowie
2. Videodrones; Questions - Trent Reznor
3. The Perfect Drug - Nine Inch Nails
4. Red Bats With Teeth - Angelo Badalamenti
5. Haunting & Heartbreaking - Angelo Badalamenti
6. Eye - The Smashing Pumpkins
7. Dub Driving - Angelo Badalamenti
8. Mr. Eddy's Theme 1 - Barry Adamson
9. This Magic Moment - Lou Reed
10. Mr. Eddy's Theme 2 - Barry Adamson
11. Fred And Renee Make Love - Angelo Badalamenti
12. Apple Of Sodom - Marilyn Manson
13. Insensatez - Antonio Carlos Jobim
14. Something Wicked This Way Comes (Edit) - Barry Adamson
15. I Put A Spell On You - Marilyn Manson
16. Fats Revisited - Angelo Badalamenti
17. Fred's World - Angelo Badalamenti
18. Rammstein (Edit) - Rammstein
19. Hollywood Sunset - Barry Adamson
20. Heirate Mich [Edit] - Rammstein
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 18, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: February 18, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: INgrooves Fontana/Nothing
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001Y33
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Ellis on October 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Movie soundtracks are often a bit of a letdown. You see a movie, enjoy it, rush out to get the soundtrack, and basically end up with a lot of substandard pop tunes and instrumentals that fall flat without the movie to back them up. Lost Highway stands defiantly against that trend. This is a rare soundtrack that can actually stand separate from the film that spawned it. With its collection of dark, industrial-tinged songs and compositions, the Lost Highway Sountrack actually stands alone as a work of art while also transporting the listener back into the strange and disturbing world created by David Lynch's fascinating head trip of a film. David Bowie's "I'm Deranged" is the perfect song to kick off the soundtrack and establishes the addictively apocalyptic feel that permeates the rest of the CD. At first alternating between the explosive, end-of-the-world vibe of The Smashing Pumpkins and especially's Trent Reznor's "Perfect Drug," the CD eventually leads more and more into a Hellish dreamworld scored by Marilyn Manson (whose cover of "I Put A Spell On You" proves that there actually is talent behind all the artifice) and Rammstien (proving that the German language is one of the most threatening sounds out there -- as well as that not all Germans love David Hasselhoff). Lou Reed's cover of "That Magic Moment" is probably the highlight of the CD, showing how a visionary musical artist can both celebrate and recreate a song at the same time but I'm also partial to Barry Adamson's instrumentals -- which, much like Lynch's film, somehow manages to be humorously campy and deadly serious at the same time. Beyond all the pointless analyzing, what it all comes down to is this -- The Lost Highway Soundtrack is the perfect CD for anyone who wants their musical collection to leave them exhausted, exhilarated, struggling for breath. In short, its amazing.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Say what you will about David Lynch's Lost Highway film, but the soundtrack is bar none amazing. With Lynch serving as executive producer, we get Mr. Trent Reznor producing one of the finest soundtracks ever put together. The soundtrack opens with David Bowie performing "I'm Deranged" (which the film's credits opened up to), and while it may sound a little techno (compliments to Brian Eno), it is still Bowie, and this song helps to forever cement him as the king of cool. NIN's "Perfect Drug" fits the tone of the film like a glove, just try to resist the urge to sing along with the catchy chorus. The Smashing Pumpkins' mournful-esque "Eye", which may be one of they're best songs. Lou Reed's rendition of "This Magic Moment" is a tad disturbing, while Marilyn Manson contributes "Apple of Sodom" and an excellent rendition of Screaming Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell On You", and we also get a few selections from Rammstein as well, all of which are sandwiched between orchestral compositions from Angelo Badalamenti. All in all, the Lost Highway soundtrack is one of the best soundtracks I have ever come across, and this is a must have for Nine Inch Nails fans or fans of the film itself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bimwa on April 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Most film soundtracks these days are either classical scores with a handful of recurring themes, or collections of radio hits (some of which don't even appear in the affiliated movie!). Alongside these 'typical' film soundtracks, Lost Highway is a real breath of fresh air.
Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) takes on a similar role that he had on the soundtrack to Oliver Stone's 'Natural Born Killers' - he is the album producer, but also adds snippets from the movie, and makes the tracks seamlessly flow together. In both cases, the album becomes not necessarily a companion to the film anymore, but rather almost a work of art in itself.
The music itself on the Lost Highway soundtrack is amazing and varied. David Lynch has always made excellent choices for his soundtracks, and this is no exception. The album starts and ends with different edits of David Bowie's 'I'm Deranged', one of the most beautiful pieces I have heard from him in a long while. In between these two bookends, though, anything goes, from heavy/industrial rock (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Rammstein) to latin jazz (Antonio Carlos Jobim) to pop/rock (Smashing Pumpkins, Lou Reed). Of course there are also more 'soundtracky' pieces from Barry Adamson, Trent Reznor and Lynch's 'resident composer' Angelo Badalamenti.
The highlights for me are Bowie, Badalamenti and Adamson, but special mention to Rammstein for that low menacing voice, it fits the scene in the film so perfectly. And Nine Inch Nails' 'The Perfect Drug' is an excellent song also.
If you've seen the movie and noticed the music, I probably don't need to convince you, but whether you've seen the movie or not, I assure you this album is well worth a listen.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "halo_tragedy" on August 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In the world of soundtrack production, Trent Reznor has done it again. Lost Highway is the best soundtrack I've ever heard, and probably the best I'll ever hear. It manages to both fit the movie perfectly and be very pleasing to listen to.
This soundtrack is best described as a mixture of Jazz and Industrial, and will most definitely appeal to fans of both worlds. I initially bought Lost Highway for The Perfect Drug alone, but when I listened to it straight through, I was awed by the amazing collection of music styles it brought forth. The various songs by Jazz musician Angelo Badalamenti really caught my ear.
I'll admit, Jazz isn't my thing, but I didn't mind it here at all. Nine Inch Nails is really the heart and soul of this soundtrack however. The original version of "The Perfect Drug" is here in its entirety, and it remains one of the greatest songs ever written to this day. "Driver Down", another one of Trent's masterpieces, is also an excellent song. Marilyn Manson also makes an appearance on this album with two of his best songs, "I Put A Spell On You" from Smells Like Children, and "Apple Of Sodom", which can only be found here.
Smashing Pumpkins and Rammstein also contribute to this soundtrack very well. While the only artists I really care about on Lost Highway are Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, that didn't stop me from enjoying the rest of the music on here. This is a masterpiece in its own right, another groundbreaking work by Trent Reznor. I'm not a big fan of soundtracks...I pretty much loathe them. But Lost Highway will remain in my library for a very, very long time.
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