10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Why it’s awesome: Letters to Cleo are all over this. At this point I thought it would make them super famous, but it never happened. From their rooftop performance to Julia Stiles rocking out to the Notorius B.IG., this ruled.
Standout tracks: “Cruel to Be Kind” by Letters to Cleo; “I Know” by Save Ferris
Party Monster (2003)
Why it’s awesome: A movie about a famous club promoter and club kid without an awesome soundtrack would automatically make this a crappy movie. Well, the movie had its faults, I guess. It was mixed superbly and was my main motivation to join a gym.
Standout tracks: “Give Me Tonight” by Shannon; “Money, Success, Fame, Glamour” by Felix Da Housecat
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
Why it’s awesome: It’s a movie about glam rock, so the ansswer is obvious. Also, a “supergroup” was formed and called themselves Venus in Furs to perform the songs that the characters were supposed to be singing.
Standout tracks: “Tumbling Down” by the Venus In Furs; “Hot One” by Shudder to Think
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Why it’s awesome: If you have a pulse, than it should be quite apparent. Quentin Tarantino in an absolute genius when it comes to using music in movies. This was the movie and the soundtrack that spawned a million wannabees.
Standout tracks: “You Never Can Tell” by Chuck Berry; “Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon” by Urge Overkill
Romeo and Juliet (1997)
Why It’s Awesome: Barring the “Lovefool” song, this soundtrack also blends modern stuff with a historical Shakespearean take. Remember how wowed you were with the techno-gospel version of “When Doves Cry”?
Standout tracks: “Talk Show Host” by Radiohead; “#1 Crush” by Garbage
A Night At the Roxbury (1998)
Why it’s awesome: it’s all those cliched nineties club hits you never owned the full abums of, but you secretly love the songs, so it’s all packaged in one album. It’s actually mixed together, so it runs like one long dj set. It never gets old.
Standout tracks: “This Is the Night” by Amber; “Insomnia” by
The Rules of Attraction (2002)
Why It’s Awesome: The movie has something vaguely eighties about it, and so does the music. There are artists tracks mixed with the awesome original compositions by tomandandy.
Standout tracks: “Out of the Races and On to the Tracks” by The Rapture; “So Alive” by Love & Rockets”
Death Proof (2007)
Why it’s awesome: Tarantino just picks the right song for every moment, and selection of the song is often a part of the plot. The greusome car wreck set to “Hold Tight” is one of the most haunting images ever.
Standout tracks: “Hold Tight” by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich; “Baby It’s You” by Smith
Why It’s Awesome: It’s kind of weird how good the songs are but non of the artists ever became popular. I’d like to see a stage version using these songs.
Standout tracks: “Change” by the Lightning Seeds; “Supermodel” by Jill Sobule