Okay, so a lo-fi release on Bandcamp isn't quite the same as Queen Bey unleashing an entire digital library of music videos when a great deal of the world was snoozing, but give Michael Cera credit where credit is due. The sweet-faced actor, who was last seen acting like a total a-hole in "This Is The End," uploaded an entire called "true that" to Bandcamp a few days ago. (The album's Bandcamp page indicates it was released on August 8th, but most sites are reporting it was released last night. YMMV.) Jonah Hill tweeted the link last night, and lots of curious folks clicked over to listen.
Yeah, it's easy to say that it sounds like the kind of music you'd expect Michael Cera to make -- sort of warbly and weird, mostly instrumental, folksy -- but that doesn't mean it's not really good and worth at least $7. Although it doesn't quite reach the sort of noisy freak folk heights of, say, Devendra Banhart, it's a nice little collection to listen to on a summer afternoon.
My great friend Michael Cera not only is a brilliant actor, he also makes great music. Check it out: http://t.co/lbc8sDcSco- Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) August 13, 2014
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Gallery | The 25 Best '80s Movie Soundtracks
- 25. 'Caddyshack' (1980)
With slightly eerie theme song "I'm Alright," jaunty "Mr. Night," and two other tracks, Kenny Loggins began his run as king of 1980s soundtrack hits.. There's also Journey's "Any Way You Want It" (the film's unlikely golf-course dance break tune), a track by Paul Collins' (American) Beat, and some bits of Johnny Mandel's score. But it's the Loggins cuts that make this compilation a Cinderella story.
- 24. 'Paris, Texas' (1984)
Years before "Buena Vista Social Club," slide guitarist Ry Cooder and director Wim Wenders collaborated on this spare and haunting film, whose dry desert images match up with Cooder's spooky instrumentals, inspired by Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground."
- 23. 'Say Anything' (1989)
Yes, Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes," the song playing during John Cusack's boombox serenade of Ione Skye, is here. So are essential '80s bands the Replacements, Living Clour, Depeche Mode, and Fishbone, among others. Future Director Cameron Crowe shows off here the first hints of the impeccable ear he'd later put to good use in "Singles," "Jerry Maguire," and of course, "Almost Famous."
- 22. 'Cocktail' (1988)
The sound of hedonism, bottled, poured, and served with a paper umbrella. Inspired by the Caribbean jaunt that makes up the film's middle section, the soundtrack includes several monster tropical hits, among them, Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and the Beach Boys' "Kokomo" (a number 1 hit for the band in 1988, their first in 22 years). Alas, Jimmy Cliff's "Shelter of Your Love" is missing, but as the movie points out, you can't have everything.
- 21. 'Sweet Dreams' (1985)
There were two great country-music biopics in the '80s, the Loretta Lynn bio "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980) and this one, starring Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline. Sissy Spacek may have won an Oscar for singing as Lynn, but Lange lip-synched, so the vocals on this album are all originals by Cline. The backing tracks, however, are newly-recorded to match the screen performances, and produced by Own Bradley, who produced the original Cline recordings decades earlier. Still, fans of Cline's remarkable, swooping voice won't be disappointed.
- 20. 'Fame' (1980)
The decade kicked off with this musical about kids at the New York High School for the Performing Arts reaching for their big breaks. The title track, "Out Here on My Own," and two other tracks would by sung by Irene Cara, the voice of plaintive, aspirational movie tunes throughout the decade, while Dean Pitchford (synonymous with '80s soundtracks, particularly "Footloose") co-composed several tracks, as did Michael Gore (whose instrumental score won the Oscar). The synthesizers date the music badly, but it's impossible to listen to the title track (which won an Oscar for Best Original Song) without wanting to leap onto the hood of a taxicab and dance.
- 19. 'Local Hero' (1983)
Bill Forsyth's delightful cult hit, a modern fairy tale about a Texas oilman who finds paradise in a Scottish fishing village, features a wistful instrumental score by Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler. It sounds like a great lost Dire Straits album, anchored by the theme "Going Home," one of Knopfler's best melodies (it sounds like it could be a classic Scottish folk tune), so good that he's been known to pull it out as an encore in concert.
- 18. 'Beverly Hills Cop' (1984)
Sure, you remember this one for the Pointer Sisters' "Neutron Dance" Patti LaBelle's "New Attitude," and Glenn Frey's "The Heat Is On." But mostly, this chart-topping album is remembered for the work of Harold Faltermeyer, a keyboard-playing protégé of Giorgio Moroder (the composer behind Blondie's "Call Me" from "American Gigolo" and numerous other '80s soundtrack hits), whose one-finger synth riff on "Axel F" became the go-to sound for '80s action movies. (And, decades later, for ring tones and other annoyances.)
- 17. 'Top Gun' (1986)
Along with the ubiquitous Kenny Loggins ("Danger Zone," "Playing With the Boys"), "Top Gun" gets its '80s cred from a Harold Faltermeyer instrumental and that classic cheesy love ballad, Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" (co-composed by Giorgio Moroder, natch). Unfortunately, no "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin," though later editions of the soundtrack did include it. The initial album topped the Billboard chart and sold 9 million copies.
- 16. 'The Lost Boys' (1987)
Joel Schumacher's vampire comedy-thriller was a masterpiece of tone (really; think how hard it must have been to get "vampire comedy-thriller" to work), and so was its soundtrack, full of goth-lite tracks like Echo and the Bunnymen's cover of the Doors' "People Are Strange" (produced by ex-Door Ray Manzarek himself) and Gerard McMahon's theme song ("Cry Little Sister"). For fun, there's also Tem Capello's muscular cover of The Call's "I Still Believe" (and if you saw him perform it shirtless in the film, you know "muscular" is to be taken literally) and the Easybeats' "Good Times," covered by INXS at the height of their popularity. See, it really is fun to be a vampire.
- 15. 'Valley Girl' (1983)
Incredibly, it took 11 years to issue a soundtrack album that compiled the new wave hits behind Nicolas Cage's debut. (Rights issues.) Highlights include Josie Cotton's "Johnny, Are You Queer," the Plimsouls' "A Million Miles Away" (both performed live in the film), the Payolas' "Eyes of a Stranger," and of course, the song so nice they used it twice, Modern Engliah's Britpop classic "I Melt With You."
- 14. 'This Is Spinal Tap' (1984)
Sure, the aging metal band in this mockumentary was fake, but the fake hits they performed were actually not bad, by mid-'80s hair-metal band standards. Really, what other headbangers of the era wouldn't have proudly recorded anthems like "Big Bottom" and "Sex Farm"?
- 13. 'The Blues Brothers' (1980)
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's "Saturday Night Live" sketch took on a life of its own, first as a hit album, then as a movie. Aided by an all-star cast of music titans, from Cab Calloway and Ray Charles to Aretha Franklin and James Brown (and John Lee Hooker, inexplicably left off the album), the album dips several toes into the deep, rich history of jazz, R&B, and soul, with one unexpected and funny detour into country & western.
- 12. 'U2: Rattle and Hum' (1988)
The Irish quartet's 1987 tour of America included several chances for them to collaborate with their musical heroes (Bob Dylan, B.B. King). Those collaborations shine (especially "When Love Comes to Town," their blues duet with King), n addition to some inspired live versions of their '80s hits and shimmering new tracks like "All I Want Is You."
- 11. 'Amadeus' (1984)
One the soundtrack for the Best Picture Oscar-winning drama about the supposed rivalry between Mozart and Salieri, Mozart wins again; almost all the tracks were penned by ol' Wolfgang, while Salieri gets bupkes. Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields made all new recordings for the movie but stuck closely to the original scores. So even for the classically uninitiated, it's easy to hear what all the fuss was about.
- 10. 'Flashdance' (1983)
The dance-themed movie that made Jennifer Beals a star is also generally credited with bringing MTV-style montage editing to the big screen; MTV returned the favor by turning multiple numbers from the film into video hits, from the title track (sung by "Fame" alumna Irene Cara) to Michael Sembello's much-parodied "Maniac," to Laura Branigan's "Imagination," this collection (featuring four songs co-composed by Giorgio Moroder) was a soundtrack not just for dance dreams or stripper/shower fantasies, but even to suburban aerobic workouts. It was also the first sign that the soundtrack itself could be a commercial phenomenon as big as, or even bigger than, the movie itself.
- 9. 'Good Morning, Vietnam' (1987)
Robin Williams, in character as renegade Armed Forces Radio DJ Adrian Cronauer, does comedy bits between the vintage tracks compiled here, which include such ominous 1960s tunes as Martha and the Vandellas' "Nowhere to Run" and Them's "Baby, Please Don't Go." Plus, there's the cover of Louis Armstrong's earnest ballad "What a Wonderful World," used ironically in the film, and which became a chart hit again (and a perpetual wedding and bar-mitzvah band staple ever after), some 20 years after the song's initial release.
- 8. 'Less Than Zero' (1987)
The movie may have softened Bret Easton Ellis' novel about young, decadent Angelenos, but the soundtrack Rick Rubin produced for Def Jam Recordings is surprisingly edgy. There's the Bangles' hard-driving cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter," two hip-hop classics-to-be (Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise," and LL Cool J's "Going Back to Cali"), plus tracks by Aerosmith, Poison, Glenn Danzig, Slayer, John Jett, and (on the eve of his tragically short-lived comeback) Roy Orbison.
- 7. 'The Big Chill' (1983)
Along with the Motown 25th anniversary special (the famous TV event where Michael Jackson introduced the moonwalk to the world), this movie about a group of friends nostalgic for the 1960s launched a booming Motown revival. Marvin Gaye, the Temptations (twice), and Smokey Robinson (twice) join other period acts (Aretha Franklin, Procol Harum, the Rascals, Three Dog Night) for an epic celebration of a time before synthesizers and drum machines. This collection was so popular that it spawned a second disc featuring all the tracks left off the first disc, making it one of the first soundtracks to generate a sequel.
- 6. 'Repo Man' (1984)
It makes sense that Michael Nesmith, the erstwhile Monkee whose TV special "Elephant Parts" was widely regarded as a progenitor to MTV, might produce a movie with an awesome soundtrack. What you might not have predicted is that it would be Alex Cox's cult classic "Repo Man," with an impeccable soundtrack of early-'80s punk, including tracks Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Suicidal Tendencies. Plus, there's punk godfather Iggy Pop with that badass title track.
- 5. 'Stop Making Sense' (1984)
As their popularity was peaking, Talking Heads made this concert film, directed by Jonathan Demme, taking the opportunity to reimagine their songs sonically (like the solo beatbox version of "Psycho Killer") and visually (remember David Byrne's big suit?). The result is not just cerebral-yet-danceable fun for all ages, but also one of the best rock concert films ever made.
- 4. 'Pretty in Pink' (1986)
John Hughes' teen epics all displayed his terrific ear for both new wave music and for songs that would lend emotional resonance to dramatic scenes, and yet only "Pretty in Pink" generated a soundtrack album worth buying. "Sixteen Candles" had an EP of just five songs, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" had no soundtrack disc at all, and "The Breakfast Club" had an album with only one truly great tune, Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)." Here, though is Psychedelic Furs' updated version of the title tune, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's lush ballad "If You Leave" (composed for that climactic prom scene), and most everything in between. Alas, the Rave-Ups live performances are absent, and so is Duckie's lip-sync classic, Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness."
- 3. 'Footloose' (1984)
Like "Flashdance" before it, this dance-themed movie was practically made to be chopped into MTV-friendly video bites and radio-friendly singles. From Kenny Loggins' rockabilly title track to Deneice Williams' bouncy "Let's Hear It for the Boy" to Bonnie Tyler's urgent "Holding Out for a Hero" to Ann Wilson and Mike Reno's prom-ballad staple "Almost Paradise," this is what high school dances sounded like in the '80s.
- 2. 'Dirty Dancing' (1987)
The last great music-video movie of the '80s featured tunes that were supposed to sound like they were recorded in 1963 but were pure 1987, including Eric Carmen's "Hungry Eyes," star Patrick Swayze's "She's Like the Wind," and of course, "I've Had the Time of My Life," by Jennifer Warnes and Phil Medley (who, as a member of the Righteous Brothers, actually had some period cred.) Plus some actual period tunes, like the Ronettes' "Be My Baby" and Mickey & Sylvia's "Love Is Strange." As popular as the movie was, the soundtrack was even bigger, topping the Billboard chart for 18 weeks and selling 32 million copies worldwide.
- 1. 'Purple Rain' (1984)
Thirty years later, the images from the non-musical sequences of Prince's movie blur together, but the music is as vivid as ever. The Artist's pioneering blend of funk, R&B, pop, metal, and psychedelia meant that there was something for everyone on nearly every track, and then his live showmanship put it all over the top. Alone or together, the songs from this collection remain a great listen, or a great dance party, for that matter. The result is one of the best soundtracks not just of the '80s, but of all time.