High School Reunion - A Tribute To Those Great 80's Films! Explicit Lyrics
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Audio CD, Explicit Lyrics, December 15, 2005
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"One of the finest tribute records ever amassed! Let this serve as a blueprint for all future tribute sets" John D. Luerssen (All Music Guide) High School Reunion is an outstanding 20-song compilation featuring indie-rockers Frank Black (PIXIES), Matthew Sweet, John P. Strohm (Blake Babies/Lemonheads), Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses, 50 Foot Wave), Lori McKenna, The Caulfield Sisters, The Dresden Dolls and so many more covering tracks from some of those hilarious 80's teen films. Pretty in Pink, Valley Girl, Some Kind of Wonderful, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything... they're all being tributed on this excellent CD. Highly recommended for any music fan!
With an idea so choice it's surprising no one else had thought of it sooner, High School Reunion: A Tribute to Those Great 80s Films! is one of the finest tribute records ever amassed. Paying homage to the music that characterized beloved films from the Reagan administration, national artists like Matthew Sweet and Frank Black do the impossible by rivaling the goodness of original versions of Tom Petty's "American Girl" and Iggy Pop's "Repo Man." Elsewhere, Kristin Hersh does an intriguing read on Black's own Pixies staple "Wave of Mutilation," although the Dresden Dolls' chaotic rendering of "Pretty in Pink" has trouble measuring up. Diamonds in the rough, from regional New England outfits like the Commons (covering the Cars' "Moving in Stereo") and Bastards of Melody (serving up a tender take on the Replacements' "Within Your Reach") also stand out among the 20 tracks compiled here. Let this serve as a blueprint for all future tribute sets. Nicely done. --All Music Guide
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I pre-ordered this cd thinking it was such a cool idea. Gather up all the great songs from my high school years into 1 cd. I am also a sucker for cover versions of songs - I love hearing a band take a new angle on a great song, makeit their own. This CD is full of great songs re-recorded magnificently. There really are no "clunkers" on this CD, it is incredible - every song is great.
Some songs that stand out are:
Somebody's Baby - John P. Strohm: This track is absolutely wonderful. It sounds so crisp and clean. He has so many layers of sound in this song. It is the best cover version of this song that I have ever heard.
American Girl - Matthew Sweet: what can I say. This is one of the best songs from the 80's, done by one of the best signer/songwriters of recent memory. Matthew sounds as good on this song as he did on his biggest MTV hits.
In Your Eyes - Lori McKenna: I saw Lori on Oprah a few weeks ago and now I have her on this cd. As much as I love Peter Gabriel's original version of this song - I have to say, I think Lori's version is 10 times better. And that is saying a lot because the original version is a classic. Lori version is so haunting, it gives me chills.
Bring on the Dancing Horses - The Atomic Hep Cats: Such a great, pop/grungy version of this song. I like this song in the 80's, I wouldn't say I loved it. But I love this version, such a fresh spin of the song.
Repo Man - Frank Black: Frank Black doing what he does best. He is an music icon and it is obvious why with songs like this.
I can't find a reason to eject this from my cd player, it is awesome!
My favorite tracks so far (and I've only had it for a day) is John P. Strohm covering Somebody's Baby, Kristin Hersh covering Wave of Mutilation, The Caulfield Sisters covering the Smiths, Matthew Sweet covering Tom Petty's "American Girl", and The Atomic Hep Cats covering Echo & the Bunnymen. AND... oh my gosh, Lori McKenna too. Her version of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" is soooooo beautiful. I keep playing it over and over. I also love some of the fun songs like Weird Science (it makes me want to dance), and Turning Japanese.
I highly recommend this CD. It is fun, fun, fun!!!