Say Anything Soundtrack
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All Say Anything fans will, of coarse, remember the romantic scene with John Cusack holding up a boombox, playing 'In Your Eyes' by Peter Gabriel. This classic track along with 'Cult Of Personality' by Living Colour, 'One Big Rush' by Joe Satriani and 'You Want It' by Cheap Trick are a few of the better know tracks that make this disc great. There's also a track by the Chili Peppers called 'Taste The Pain'. I hadn't heard of it but it's not bad.
The inclusion of wonderful unknown tracks, such as 'Within Your Reach' by The Replacements and 'Keeping The Dream Alive' by Freiheit, is the main reason why this soundtrack is superior to others. Finding unknown gems always make CDs more enjoyable.
With all this said, the Say Anything soundtrack is a decent tribute to great music of the 80s.
Say Anything wins over its listener, surprisingly, by connecting at various levels. The love song is found more than once, with Nancy Wilson's "All for Love" and Peter Gabriel's classic, "In Your Eyes" both avoiding the schmaltzy love song description. Rock and roll is always a nice touch for any soundtrack (especially one for a cool romantic comedy), and that's found here too, from guitar wizard Joe Satriani, who contributes "One Big Rush" and then up and coming funk/rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose "Taste the Pain" hints at a sound they would later polish even more in the 1990s. Other noteworthy songs include 80's mainstays the Replacements and their song, "Within Your Reach" as well as live versions of Depeche Mode's "Stripped" and Living Colour's "Cult of Personality".
In truth, Say Anything the movie is better than Say Anything the soundtrack. It's not essential listening like Say Anything the movie is essential viewing. But for those who get misty-eyed for 80's music or like to scour the used CD bins for unexpected treasures, this one's got your name on it...Enjoy.
I dug the movie, the soundtrack is just as great.
If you ever wore neon socks, leg warmers or jelly shoes, or if you hated those who did, get this cd.
Aside from Peter Gabriel's chart-topping "In Your Eyes," what I liked best is the inclusion of lesser-known (at the time) artists. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' punk/funk/rock is mixed with obligatory decade-defining synthesizers in "Taste the Pain;" Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" is a timeless, all-out, hard-rock, head-banger; and The Replacements' "Within Your Reach," spread the 'Minneapolis Sound' beyond the Great Lakes.
Hands down, my favorite track is Fishbone's "Shakin' to the Beat," whose frenetic ska sounds like the B-52s on speed and is great for getting your ya ya's out. If it's your fav too, then you've got to check out Oingo Boingo w/frontman Danny Elfman (Tim Burton films sdtk composer, Simpsons...). Finally, Freihiet's "Keeping the Dream Alive," sounding like Paul McCartney backed by ELO, wraps up the collection nicely.
"The movie rocks, the music rocks,"--Joey Carnuba, Seattle's KSTE FM's overnight DJ & author of liner notes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic tunes and artists from the 80's. Peter Gabriel, Living Colour, Fishbone, Depeche Mode, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cheap Trick ... Read morePublished 15 months ago by G M
Grew up on this Music and movie, if you were from this generation you must have this and all other soundtracks from that era, it's that simple!Published 19 months ago by Jeff A Milne
This movie had some great tunes in it and they are all here on the soundtrack. Great price for it too.Published 21 months ago by Rick
I liked the music before, and I still like it now. It's a CD! What more needs to be said. It was new, sealed and it sounds good when I play it.Published 23 months ago by wmonroe
Lot's of great songs that I had forgotten about. Good to listen to some of them again and sing along!Published on August 24, 2013 by JDub