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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Needle In The Camel's EyeBrian Eno 3:09Album Only
listen  2. Hot OneShudder To Think 3:05Album Only
listen  3. 20Th Century BoxPlacebo 3:42Album Only
listen  4. 2HbThe Venus In Furs 5:40Album Only
listen  5. T.V. EyeWylde Rattz 5:24Album Only
listen  6. Ballad Of Maxwell DemonShudder To Think 4:47Album Only
listen  7. The Whole ShebangGrant Lee Buffalo 4:12Album Only
listen  8. LadytronThe Venus In Furs 4:26Album Only
listen  9. We Are The BoysPulp 3:14Album Only
listen10. Virginia PlainRoxy Music 3:00Album Only
listen11. Personality CrisisTeenage Fanclub 3:50Album Only
listen12. Satellite Of LoveLou Reed 3:41Album Only
listen13. Diamond MeadowsT. Rex 2:00Album Only
listen14. Bitter's EndAndy Mackay 2:13Album Only
listen15. Baby's On FireThe Venus In Furs 3:19Album Only
listen16. Bitter-SweetThe Venus In Furs 4:55Album Only
listen17. Velvet SpacetimeCarter Burwell 4:10Album Only
listen18. Tumbling DownThe Venus In Furs 3:28Album Only
listen19. Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)Steve Harley 3:59Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: November 3, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Fontana London
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000DLV3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Director Todd Haynes's celebration of the sex, drugs, and rock & roll of the British glam era of the early '70s, Velvet Goldmine, would be nothing without the music that inspired it. A few unusual absentees (no Bowie, Iggy Pop, or New York Dolls?), but folks such as Brian Eno, Roxy Music, Lou Reed, and T-Rex are represented. Several covers from the glam era are performed without much deviation by two supergroups: the Venus in Furs, featuring members of England's elite--Bernard Butler, and Thom Yorke of Radiohead; and Wylde Ratz, featuring Mark Arm of Mudhoney, Ron Asheton of the original Stooges, and Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth. Strongest are the originals submitted to the film: Shudder to Think tame their own experimental excesses to put forth two glam-worthy originals with "Hot One" and "Ballad of Maxwell Demon." Pulp deliver "We Are the Boys," which runs amuck with the dramatic stagepower of the finest glam. --Rob O'Connor

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This is probably one of the best soundtracks i have ever listened to.
Megsy B
In fact, behind Bowie, Roxy Music was one of my favorite artists during the glam period.
If you like the songs on this album - you'll probably love a lot of their music.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Andrew McCaffrey VINE VOICE on May 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
We live in fictitious times where fictitious bands release fictitious albums. The movie VELVET GOLDMINE told the story of made-up rock stars, based in no small part upon the real lives of some of the more notable glam rockers of the late-60s and early-70s. The soundtrack therefore is split between fiction and reality (or as close to reality that glam got, which, to be honest, isn't that close). Many of the songs are taken from that era of rock, while the rest are modern (1998) recordings of both cover versions of songs from that time as well as recent writings done in that style.
This is one of my favorite albums, and I say that as a casual fan of both the original era and of the bands today that are heavily influenced by that musical genre. It's not meant to be a beginner's course in glam music, but it serves that purpose well anyway. We've got the dreamy, atmospheric, pretentious songs, the fast rockers, the goofy songs about spaceships, etc. This is great campy, fun music, and it's, as the CD case states "to be played at maximum volume". The modern recreations of the glam style are done extremely well. Since most of the bands were already heavily drinkers at the well of neo-glam (Pulp, that's you), presumably performing these songs weren't a stretch for them at all.
A lot of famous names from today's music scene pop up in the credits for this album. Thom York, better known as the little guy from Radiohead, sings on a few of the tracks performed by the Venus In Furs (one of the movie's fake bands; the name taken from The Velvet Underground song). And R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe is listed as producer.
An album that can be listened to all the way through without skipping substandard tracks is a rare thing indeed.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marc Lahn on April 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't have the time right now for a real wordy review, but I have to say that this is the most infectious, authentic and 'accurate to the genre' soundtrack ever made! The original numbers like "HOT ONE", "BALLAD OF MAXWELL DEMON", "THE WHOLE SHEBANG" and "WE ARE THE BOYS" have all the charisma and sleezy sweet melody of original 72/73 era glam rock. I'm also extremely impressed with the excitingly fresh cover versions of the ROXY MUSIC, STOOGES, T.REX and ENO tracks; a fantastic job by SHUDDER TO THINK, PLACEBO, WYLDE RATTTZ* and THE VENUS IN FURS( with surprisingly good vocals from actors Ewan McGregor(in the Iggy role, with Wylde Ratttz) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers(in the Bowie role, with The Venus In Furs.) The soundtrack is also dosed with great originals like ENO's "Needle In The Camel's Eye", ROXY MUSIC'S "Virginia Plain", LOU REED'S "Satellite Of Love", T.REX's "Diamond Meadows" and also, an excellent finish with the happily rousing "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" by Steve Harley. It puts a smile on your face after hearing great dark tracks like "BABY'S ON FIRE."
To Tracy, also from NJ(a couple of reviews below), BOWIE is my favorite too, a major rock hero of mine since the age of 6 in 1972. Wow, was it fun to live through all the great ch-ch changes as a young rock fan; to me, the ultimate rock star! It IS a shame that Bowie wasn't more involved in The VELVET GOLDMINE soundtrack (I mean at least get Bowie's Ziggy era track, "VELVET GOLDMINE" in there right?!?) but the fact is, Bowie didn't want to be involved in the soundtrack or the movie for basically, two reasons..
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sid on July 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
i do adore this collection of music. the songs that were written expressly as soundtrack candy pieces (e.g., "the ballad of maxwell demon") were played up just a note more than actual glam rock music was - those songs were even more about being pop glitter than most music came close to - and that added a great element to the music, as well as the movie. the music is fun and campy and stagy, and the people who wrote it had every intention of making it so. furthermore, the inclusion of so many original and rerecorded versions of songs from that era add to the album (though i wish those in charge had decided to put "cosmic dancer" on instead of "diamond meadows"; that's probably mere personal preference). however, there are a few songs that seemed instrumental to the movie, and yet didn't appear on this album. i would have loved to see "do you wanna touch me," "sebatsian," or even that bit from mahler's 6th...or 5th, whichever it was, i can't recall. anyway, despite a few holes, this is still a very enjoyable album, and i highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a well-crafted, genre-based sountrack (especcially the song "2HB"; check out the drum line in the middle instrumenatl bit and the mega "casablanca" referenced. it's a wonderful song).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M.M. on October 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I actually bought the soundtrack before I saw the film. I bought it on a whim last Easter, and I haven't stopped listening to it since. I have always loved Bowie-era 70's glam, but this album taught me that there are so many others out there! I love all the songs, especially the covers, so much so that I'm shopping for Brian Eno and Roxy Music albums for Christmas this year. Buy this even if you don't like the movie.
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