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Rushmore: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Mark MothersbaughAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 2, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: February 2, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Fontana London
  • ASIN: B00000HZPY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hardest Geometry Problem in the World - Mark Mothersbaugh
2. Making Time - Creation
3. Concrete & Clay - Unit 4 + 2
4. Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worrin' Bout That Girl - The Kinks
5. Sharp Little Guy - Mark Mothersbaugh
6. The Lad With the Silver Button - Mark Mothersbaugh
7. A Summer Song - Chad & Jeremy
8. Edward Appleby (In Memoriam) - Mark Mothersbaugh
9. Here Comes My Baby - Cat Stevens
10. A Quick One While He's Away - The Who
11. 'Snowflake Music' From Bottlerocket - Mark Mothersbaugh
12. Piranhas are a Very Tricky Species - Mark Mothersbaugh
13. Blinuet - Zoot Sims
14. Friends Like You, Who Needs Friends - Mark Mothersbaugh
15. Rue St. Vincent - Yves Montand
16. Kite Flying Society - Mark Mothersbaugh
17. The Wind - Cat Stevens
18. Oh Yoko - John Lennon
19. Ooh La La - The Faces
20. Margaret Yang's Theme - Mark Mothersbaugh

Editorial Reviews

The Rushmore soundtrack manages to pleasantly skirt the line between sentiment and sentimentality with a nuanced, eminently listenable combo of score and song. The songs mostly blend raw, adolescent urges and insecurity with an awkward grace. Though composed primarily of popular music from the 1960s, none of the selections is a hit of the expected Big Chill variety. In fact, compiler Randall Poster proves himself a '60s pop connoisseur, including little-known gems such as Cat Stevens's buoyant, hummable "Here Comes My Baby" (covered by Yo La Tengo on Fakebook) and the Who 's revved-up, intentionally silly proto-opera "A Quick One While He's Away." The bossa nova folk-pop of Unit 4+2's "Concrete & Clay" is lovingly contrasted by the Creation's blistering, feedback-enhanced hit-that-never-was "Making Time." Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh's incidental music is nothing short of delightful, but the Rugrats composer clearly comes by whimsy easily. The intriguing thing about Mothersbaugh's score--seven snippets from which are sprinkled throughout the disc--is that it complements the archival tunes while combining Beethoven-lite flourishes and jazzy instrumentation with percolating mod keyboards. Like the film itself, this soundtrack is an inspired, left-field effort, and it's difficult to plot out its many charms. --Mike McGonigal

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Songs Found!!! January 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I love this album passionately, so let me start off by saying that.

Anyway, the only missing songs (and probably some of the best) on the album are "I am Waiting" by the Rolling Stones, and "Jersey Thursday" by Donovan. "I am Waiting" was playing when the 3 main characters (Max, Mrs. Cross, and Mr. Blume) were all sitting down to their own dinner. "Jersey Thursday" was playing when Max was burning the leaves on the lawn at Rushmore. Just thought I'd add that in.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You are forgiven" = "A Quick One While He's Away" January 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I would just like to reply to Antigraphy's review. The Who track to which you refer ("You Are Forgiven") is actually the very last section of the track provided on this disc, "A Quick One While He's Away." This song is a long, multisectional piece which ends in the cascading chorus of "you are forgiven" that was heard in the film.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Diverse and Pleasing Soundtracks Ever November 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
First off, the first track on this album, "Hardest Geometry Problem in the World" is what turned me on to the awesome musical talent of former Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh. It's a short but beautiful instrumental piece that introduces the film. Call me crazy, but the brief instrumentals by Mothersbaugh by themselves are worth the price of this CD. But in case you aren't into Mark Mothersbaugh, the rest of this CD is top notch, no filler!

This is a diverse collection of songs ranging from mellow to mid-energizing, ranging from folk-pop artists like Chad & Jeremy and Cat Stevens to classic British rock The Who & The Kinks. I could probably best describe this as a great rainy day album. This collection is simultaneously relaxing and stirring. Tracks like "Concrete and Clay" pick up the relaxed pace, but never go into a Ramones-paced overdrive (though Ramones are great for when you want to jumpstart your senses!)

Lastly, if you have never seen the movie "Rushmore," it is a must see!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this Soundtrack November 2, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I can't say enough good things about this soundtrack. So many great songs plus the Mark Mothersbaugh score fits nicely into the mix. The only thing different from the movie is the version of The Who's "A Quick One." in the movie, the version is from the Rolling Stones "Rock and Roll Circus." The soundtrack is another live version, not as raucous. If you want the "Rock and Roll Circus" version, pick up The Who's "The Kids Are Alright."
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film, superb soundtrack February 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Soundtracks don't get any better than this.
Truly great songs from Creation, Unit 4+2, the Kinks, Cat Stevens, Chad & Jeremy, and the Faces make this a must-own.
Note: "I Am Waiting," a great Rolling Stones song, is not here - you'll have to buy their album "Aftermath" (a worthy purchase).
"A Quick One While He's Away" is one of my favorite Who songs - I have about 6 different versions of it. Luckily for you, the one here is the best and definitive version. (The next best is on "The Who: Live at Leeds," which you need to buy right now.)
And while you're on, go ahead and buy "Rushmore" itself.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick Ass Soundtrack to a Kick Ass Movie December 28, 1999
By Miss P
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack rocks! There is nothing I hate more on a soundtrack than a bunch of tunes that you don't even remember from the movie, mixed in with some little instrumental bits. When you listen to Rushmore, you remember every one of the songs AND the instrumentals, which is a refreshing change! The instrumental bits also provide wonderful segues into the songs and are every bit as important to the soundtrack.
If anything, this cd will make you very happy. I can't stop listening to it and dancing around to great songs like "Oh Yoko," or "Here Comes My Baby." And although the song "Rue St. Vincent" really doesn't make a lot of sense on a soundtrack of British Invasion tunes, I understand why it was included, and I think that anyone who saw the movie will too.
Buy this cd. It's really fun and it will get you moving and wanting to start up a club or two.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars never a dull moment April 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
After I saw Rushmore, I needed this CD, and it was no disappointment. Mark Mothersbaugh lends a very whimsical tone to the movie which is very befitting. Wes Anderson originally wanted a soundtrack only of obscure early Kinks stuff, but actually ended up making a delightful mixture of some memorable and some rare 1960's British pop and folk songs. The guitar driven chords of Creation's "Making Time," opens up this very textual album. The only Kinks song included is "Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worrin' Bout That Girl." Like that song, "Here Comes My Baby," a song by Cat Stevens highlights the theme of betrayal, which is apparent in the film. A personal favorite is the mini-opera, "A Quick One While He's Away," from the Who's "Live at Leeds." This is a wonderful and powerful recording from my favorite rock group. Also included are Zoot Sims's jazz piece "Blinuet" and "Rue St. Vincent," by Yves Montand. They are seemingly contrasting pieces but are also textual. This is a recommended soundtrack from a recommended movie.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stones Song omitted from Soundtracck December 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am almost positive that the Rolling Stones song that was in the film, but omitted from the soundtrack is entitled " I am Waiting" and can be found on the Rolling Stones album "Aftermath". In the credits at the end of the film, the song is listed incorreclty I beleive as " I Can't Wait". Both the Soundtrack to Rushmore and Aftermath are worth owning
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great soundtrack
Great soundtrack for a great movie. One of my all time favorite movies. Vastly underrated. Never miss it when it comes on. Read more
Published 8 months ago by todem
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
No surprises here. I watched the movie and loved the soundtrack ergo, also loved the CD of the soundtrack.

Published 11 months ago by Dawn M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good soundtrack, although missing songs from the movie.
My girlfriend and I can agree on very little music. This is typically alright, although when we are cooking in the kitchen it is nice to be able to listen to something that both of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Patrick O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Soundtrack
this is an awesome soundtrack, it is fun and enjoyable to listen to, the best songs on thi cd are all ot them
Published on December 14, 2011 by David
4.0 out of 5 stars Withstands repeated vigorous listenings!
As others have already pointed out (a long time ago, but it bears repeating), a great mix!

Only disappointment on the disk is the Nothing in The World cut by The Kinks,... Read more
Published on August 7, 2008 by Haef
5.0 out of 5 stars All The World's A Stage
The vision of soundtrack producer Mark Mothersbaugh and movie director Wes Anderson which captures the movie scenes, while standing on its own as an eclectic collection of songs... Read more
Published on March 12, 2008 by Best Of All
5.0 out of 5 stars Rushmore is my life
I freaking love this soundtrack! It added so much to the movie - it certainly wouldn't be the same without those great songs. Read more
Published on January 21, 2008 by Jilayne Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper length and film sequence for this magnificent soundtrack
Here are all the songs and the order in which they appear in the film (* denotes a track that is not on the CD):

1. Read more
Published on July 9, 2007 by Who Fanatic
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah!
The soundtrack is great. Everytime I listen to it I can't but help to think of the movie. Which is a good thing.
Published on November 9, 2006 by Keaton M. Krell
5.0 out of 5 stars great, unique soundtrack for a great, unique movie
This accomplishes what a great soundtrack should do... enhance the movie, offer an interesting collection of songs and intoduce the listener to works that you would not have... Read more
Published on September 16, 2006 by Scott B. Saul
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