in defense of soundtracks
I’ve seen multiple references to “soundtracks” here on NoDep as if by using parenthesis as tongs, the craven hipster can make clear their disdain for something they desperately want to be noticed NOT liking.
Leaving aside the tremendously rewarding listening experiences awaiting anyone with ears in Danny Elfman’s Music For A Darkened Theater Volume One or John Williams score to Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, there are still dozens of cases to be made for soundtracks.
The disdain shown for the modern soundtrack album by No Depression website writers might seem to have ruffled this intrepid writer’s feathers. But nothing could be further from the truth. Having fetched down from the shelf two boxes with hundreds of CMJ New Music Monthly Compilation CDs last night, I’m feeling the love.
Popular music has always had detractors who then turn and throw themselves around its ankles after the cultural tides shift and what might’ve seemed uncool for as many as 25 years suddenly becomes ultra-hip and chock full of relevance.
I submit a tremendous list of rewarding Soundtrack Albums you can probably pick up in any bargain bin from sea to shining sea. The heaps of heart-deep love you’re gonna have for these will stomp out the flames of hipster hatred without even the slightest notice.
Stand By Me
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Pump Up The Volume
Dream A Little Dream
Back To The Future
Moonlighting: The Television Show Soundtrack
Beverly Hills Cop II
Coming soon: tweet-reviews, micro-compilations, and Wonders of the Bargain Bin.