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Valley Girl: Music From The Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Various Artists , Scott Wilk Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: April 8, 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000337N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Million Miles Away - The Plimsouls
2. Johnny, Are You Queer? - Josie Cotton
3. Eyes Of A Stranger - Payolas
4. Angst In My Pants - Sparks
5. Who Can It Be Now? - Men At Work
6. Everywhere At Once - The Plimsouls
7. I La La La Love You - Pat Travers' Black Pearl
8. He Could Be The One - Josie Cotton
9. Love My Way - Psychedelic Furs
10. Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime) - The Flirts
11. The Fanatic - Felony
12. She Talks In Stereo - Gary Myrick & The Figures
13. Oldest Story In The World - The Plimsouls
14. School Is In - Josie Cotton
15. I Melt With You - Modern English

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Product Description

Includes I Melt with You Modern English; Who Can It Be Now? Men at Work; Johnny, Are You Queer? Josie Cotton; Love My Way Psychedelic Furs; A Million Miles Away Plimsouls; Angst in My Pants Sparks; Fanatic Felony; Eyes of a Stranger Payola$, and more.

Martha Coolidge's 1983 directorial debut--based loosely on the Frank (and Moon) Zappa (who weren't involved with the film) novelty hit of the previous year--carried a budget so low that it didn't even generate a soundtrack album when it was released. Loosely based on the same themes as Romeo and Juliet, (with a young Nicolas Cage as a Hollywood homeboy Montague) Valley Girl's producers were also savvy enough to tap into LA radio outlet KROQ's pioneering "Rock of the 80s" format. Rhino's unofficial soundtrack release captures much of the spunky essence of KROQ's playlist--three tracks by LA's great Plimsouls (including their biggest hit "A Million Miles Away"), some novelty hits (Josie Cotton's "Johnny Are You Queer, "Jukebox" by the flirts, Felony's "The Fanatic")--and fondly recalls an era when rock's fun quotient hadn't yet been tattooed and pierced into oblivion. --Jerry McCulley

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Dazzlin' November 19, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Martha Coolidge really nailed the soundtrack for this underappreciated 80s gem. Nic Cage and the iridescent Deborah Foreman (what ever happened to this glorious specimen!) light up a clever and funny re-vamp of the Capulets and Montagues in a film littered with spot on captures of 80s youth. A college chum and I caught this movie for the first time on Showtime at midnight in NYC after a night on the town and inexplicably could not turn it off. The movie captures the zeitgeist of the time and the soundtrack is pure distilled 80s -- no corporate bull (Journey), faceless divas (Anita Baker), or schlock (Hall & Oates), this record delivers the stuff that REALLY mattered at the time. Included are the unconscionably ignored classics "Million Miles Away" by the Plimsouls, "Eyes of a Stranger" by the Payolas, and "She Talks in Stereo" by Gary Myricks. Not to mention the quintessential 80s tune "I Melt With You" which has only retroactively become a bellweather for 80s pop because it includes all the trademarks of classic 80s music -- the keyboard trills, the hooks, the spooky U2 slowdown in the middle, the infectious dance groove. The rest of the tunes are equally perfect, notably Josie Cotton's epically politically incorrect "Johnny Are You Queer."
The only flaw with this album was the failure to include "Monster of Love", "Shelly's Boyfriend" and "Girls Like Me." Thankfully, this egregious error has been remedied by Volume 2 which includes these and other similar cuts and is only slightly less trippindicular.
If you want to remember what a blast music used to be before the Shania Twains, Limp Bizkits, and Kid Rocks rendered radio unlistenable, this is a great starting point.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Bonnie Hayes had 2 songs in the movie "Valley Girl" that are not on this CD. Those songs are called "Girls Like Me" and "Shelley's Boyfriend." Both of those songs are from her 1982 album "Good Clean Fun." Unfortunatley, that wonderful album has never been released on CD.

But if you google "Bonnie Hayes," she has her own website where she lets you legally download both of those songs for free. I just thought you might like to know that!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An 80's Classic May 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Growing up in the 80's was one of the best times of my life....and this movie captured the sounds & feelings of that time in a nutshell! The movie was "totally awesome" and it wouldn't be the same without this "to the max" soundtrack. From the great prom scene with Josie Cotton's "Johnny Are You Queer?" to the Flirts "Don't Put Another Dime in the Jukebox", this soundtrack is a must have. The Psych Furs, Men at Work and Modern English ("I Melt With You") also have tracks, as well as two fantastic songs from The Plimsouls ("A Million Miles Away" & "Oldest Story in the World".) Great for parties or just crusing in your car...the 80's live and this soundtrack defines those times!! If you haven't seen the movie, be sure to rent it, as'll see a very very young Nicholas Cage as the punk rocker "Randy" who falls in the love with Valley Girl "Julie" (played by Deborah Foreman). And be sure to get this'll bring you back to those great times! This is a classic....don't miss out!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80s to the Max February 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you have the Rhino massive set (15 discs) or a huge collection, you might already have these tunes but if you're just starting out, these are some of the greatest "new wave" power pop classics.
Of course, you know I MELT WITH YOU is one of the greatest rock singles of all time but there are two somewhat forgotten classics, A MILLION MILES AWAY (I think the Plimsouls even make an appearance in the movie) and the short-lived band, the Flirts with JUKEBOX (DON'T PUT ANOTHER DIME). Just flat-out brilliant power pop classics. Just those three are worth the price of the CD.
You also get pretty much all the songs you need from Josie Cotten (also in the movie), plus great: Men At Work, the Furs and Sparks.
Even the "lesser" songs are great period pieces - they may not hold up as well but this is one of the great soundtracks of the 1980s.
A great CD to start your collection!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Stuff! June 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Loved the movie since I saw it way back when at a drive-in theater (a what?). I had the 6 song soundtrack on special order search at a local used/new record store forever, until one day (5+ years ago). I got a call saying that it had been released on CD, and they had a copy for me, and, yes, they would hold it for me, and I went down, like, right away and I bought it! And it is wonderful! I've since watched and re-watched VG on VH1's Movies That Rock (not owning the VHS version like some lucky dogs). The more that I see the film and hear the music the more sentimental I get for the New Wave years. Back to the review - Each of the 15 songs are either excellent, introspective, or humorous standouts. Buy this CD. Buy the More Music From... CD. Rekindle a romantic hindsight of a better time (musically). Out, dude.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Early 80's! April 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you are familiar with the movie and all the of new wave you heard, this is a soundtrack to have. The Plimsouls really made it hard not to like one of the main songs "A Million Miles Away." This is a great CD to have in the car for trips or just for everyday driving to and from work. Having a bad day? Listen to this and you will either laugh or just go back to those times when you were dancing to this music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of old 80's music
Had the songs I needed for a retro 80's party. Great collection of old 80's music.
Published 2 months ago by Kristi Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80s songs
I grew up in the 80s & lately nostalgia has set in. I just can't seem to get enough of the great memories a lot of the songs on this soundtrack brought back to me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. FELAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever made. Soundtrack is great!
I mean, look at the cover! White pumps and pink socks with lace! The 80s were so RAD! this album roolz!
Published 6 months ago by Timothy M Lison
5.0 out of 5 stars A great soundtrack!
Lots of terrific music including hard-to-find titles that make you glad you parted with a few $$$. Good for any mood!!
Published 8 months ago by Scott A. Kurtz
5.0 out of 5 stars Valley Girl
Had to buy this soundtrack after watching the movie. Brings back a lot of memories from high school days. Love it.
Published 9 months ago by Teri Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome!
This CD is awesome! ive been looking for this music for a long time.Takes me right back to the 80's. or at lease the 80' I remember.
Published 9 months ago by Jane Delo
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie and great commentary by the director.
Probably the best teen movie ever made, and with great songs too. Modern English's "I melt with you," Josie Cotton's "Johnny are you queer," and "He could be... Read more
Published 10 months ago by George B. Purdy
5.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY AWESOME
I LOVE this CD! The music on it is really good! It brought back so many memories to listen to it!
Published 10 months ago by Lisa Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Two Soundtracks of the 80's
Love this Soundtrack...

Only wish it had....Eaten by the Monster of Love
Performed by Sparks

It has ... Read more
Published 11 months ago by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music
I love the movie Valley Girl.. Bought the CD so I could listen to the music in my car.. Kinda makes me wish I had been like Julie when I was in high school...
Published 14 months ago by dlh123
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