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Songs In The Key Of X: Music From And Inspired By The X-Files Explicit Lyrics, Soundtrack

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An influential TV series of the '90s has generated a dark, eerie, and vaguely campy set of "inspired-by" songs from a diverse group of musical fans. Pride of place here goes to three tracks: the Foo Fighters' delicious cover of Gary Numan's "Down In The Park," a filthy remake of R.E.M.'s "Star Me Kitten" by literary lion William Burroughs, and a titanic, cross-generational collision between Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper on "Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)." Sheryl Crow's "On The Outside" is a toss-off in this company, while Mark Snow's famous X-Files theme loses its creepy edge in both extended and P.M. Dawn-remixed incarnations. --Jeff Bateman

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An influential TV series of the '90s has generated a dark, eerie, and vaguely campy set of "inspired-by" songs from a diverse group of musical fans. Pride of place here goes to three tracks: the Foo Fighters' delicious cover of Gary Numan's "Down In The Park," a filthy remake of R.E.M.'s "Star Me Kitten" by literary lion William Burroughs, and a titanic, cross-generational collision between Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper on "Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)." Sheryl Crow's "On The Outside" is a toss-off in this company, while Mark Snow's famous X-Files theme loses its creepy edge in both extended and P.M. Dawn-remixed incarnations. --Jeff Bateman

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. X-Files Theme - Mark Snow
  2. Unmarked Helicopters - Soul Coughing
  3. On The Outside - Sheryl Crow
  4. Down In The Park - Foo Fighters
  5. Star Me Kitten - William S. Burroughs & REM
  6. Red Right Hand - Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
  7. Thanks Bro - Filter
  8. Man Of Steel - Frank Black
  9. Unexplained - Meat Puppets
  10. Deep - Danzig
  11. Frenzy - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
  12. My Dark Life - Elvis Costello With Brian Eno
  13. Hands Of Death (Burn Baby Burn) - Rob Zombie And Alice Cooper
  14. If You Never Say Goodbye - P.M. Dawn
  15. X-Files Theme (P.M. Dawn Remix) - P.M. Dawn


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 22, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: March 26, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002N3A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This really is a great CD but it is VERY important to note one thing that is over-looked by 99.9% of the people who buy this CD: There are two hidden tracks before the first track. These can be found by rewinding from Track 1 past 0:00 into "negative time". When you get to -9:15 let go and there are two new songs. One is by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds called "Time Iesum Transeuntem et non Reverendem" (Dread the passage of Jesus for he will not return) and the other one is by The Dirty Three and is a version of the X-Files Theme. This is one of the best hidden tracks I have ever found on any album. A hint is given to you on the inside of the insert above the info for Track 1 that says "Nick Cave and The Dirty Three would like you to know that "0" is also a number" Great CD.
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Songs in the Key of X cannot really be called a soundtrack; it consists not of songs necessarily from The X-Files but songs inspired by and worthy of inclusion in the show. It's quite an eclectic mix, featuring many dark songs that sparkle with the horrid electricity one associates with The X-Files. The premiere track has to be Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. This song is itself part of the lore and mythology of the show; any X-Files fanatic can tell you the story of how Chris Carter heard this song driving home from work one night and fell in love with it. Besides highlighting the road trip of abductee Duane Barry in Season Two, the song has also been featured prominently in the Scream movies, so this one will be familiar to many. Clearly, most of these songs are in the same dark, forceful vein - e.g., Danzig's Deep, Screamin' Jay Hawkins' Frenzy, and Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn) from the powerhouse duo of Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper. Soul Coughing's contribution Unmarked Helicopters may best fit the milieu of The X-Files and is an excellent song to boot. The Foo Fighters, a band that has never really captured my attention, makes a nice addition with Down in the Park. Frank Black's Man of Steel was a pleasant surprise to me, having only heard a much different kind of performance from him on Gordon Gano's Hitting the Ground.
The great variety of songs here means two things: there is something for everyone here, but every individual will also undoubtedly have a few tracks he/she doesn't particularly care for. Sheryl Crow's On the Outside is a perfectly good song, but it doesn't seem to fit here in my opinion. Elvis Costello's My Dark Life has potential but never succeeds in grabbing my attention. Star Me Kitten from William S. Burroughs & R.E.M.
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I love this album because it is so very artistic and musically moody, where shades of paranoia, loneliness, misunderstood expression, dark prophecies, and sadness rage throughout. It was this album that got me into alternative music in the first place, and now I am a fan of most of the artists. After Mark Snow wonderfully covers the show's trademark creepy anthem, beat poetry band Soul Coughing starts talking of complex conspiracy while the mixture of off-beat music takes a hold of you. ("Unmarked Helicopters" is an in-reference to the 'Duane Barry' show, in which they are the U.F.O.s that abduct people.) Sheryl Crow gives a sense of loneliness and depression with "On The Outside", which can also relate to anyone who has ever been looked down upon or been referred to as an outcast. Foo Fighters cover "Down In The Park", a great rock song about dark men & alien world domination. William Burroughs recorded a shoddy remake of R.E.M.'s "Star Me Kitten" about a year before he died, and is a great place to get into the spoken-word absurdities that make his writing great. The always gothic Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds continue their walk of solemn decay portraits with the eerie lyrics and sound of "Red Right Hand". It is about Satan. Filter take a leave of absence from their hardcore sound with the largely acoustical "Thanks Bro", a great mellow song for the album. If you like their new hit "Take A Picture", you will like this one. Aw, now to Frank Black, one of my favorite artists. His words aren't as profound and mind-bending as usual here, but "Man Of Steel" is still one of his best because of its "lonely, on the road, looking for life in space" mood.Read more ›
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I've had this CD for about 3 years and it's still one of my faves, simply because it's unusual and expresses the mood of the X files so perfectly. I love the artistic lyrics especially, as well as the wide variety of music styles. It goes from slow rock stuff like William S. Burroughs "Star Me Kitten" to heavy stuff like Rob Zombie & Alice Coopers "Hands of Death". Personally I like the in between stuff best, and my faves would have to be Foo Fighters "Down in the Park", Filter "Thanks Bro", Meat Puppets "Unexplained", and PM Dawn "If you Never Say Goodbye". I think probably the best track to play during an episode of the x-files would be Nick Caves "Red Right Hand", as it has a groovy paranormal conspiracy like mood to it, but then again all of them do which is why they're on this CD. But it's all great music which is lesser known than the more popular radio hits which people listen to all the time. I think if you listened to the X files CD, you'd appreciate the alternative music more. So give it a chance and make up your own mind, but remember, everyone is entitled to my opinion. hehe.
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