Film Songs

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All Music Guide - Rudyard Kennedy
At the time of its release in 1997, Film Songs was designed to give Stan Ridgway fans a chance to acquire some of Ridgway's best out-of-print soundtrack work without being forced to pay outrageous collector's premiums for rare European vinyl. (Which explains why Film Songs ignores Ridgway's best-known soundtrack contribution, the readily available "Don't Box Me In," done in collaboration with Stewart Copeland for the Rumblefish soundtrack). Unfortunately, Film Songs itself soon became a rarity when the Australian record company that issued it went under; a few years after its release, copies of this compilation were commanding the same sorts of outrageous prices on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rudyard Kennedy
At the time of its release in 1997, Film Songs was designed to give Stan Ridgway fans a chance to acquire some of Ridgway's best out-of-print soundtrack work without being forced to pay outrageous collector's premiums for rare European vinyl. (Which explains why Film Songs ignores Ridgway's best-known soundtrack contribution, the readily available "Don't Box Me In," done in collaboration with Stewart Copeland for the Rumblefish soundtrack). Unfortunately, Film Songs itself soon became a rarity when the Australian record company that issued it went under; a few years after its release, copies of this compilation were commanding the same sorts of outrageous prices on e-Bay as the original soundtracks they had been designed to undercut. What made this record's rarity particularly galling, however, was that Film Songs really did contain some of Ridgway's best work. Among the highlights were the hitman's lament "Bing Can't Walk" from Slamdance, a song which in just over five minutes gave a more complete and satisfying character study of L.A. low-lifes than Wayne Wang was able to achieve in his entire 100-minute film. The two new songs ("Susie Before Sunrise" and "Deep Inside We're Blue") were also first-rate Ridgway character studies, and were otherwise unavailable. (The documentary film they were created for, Death Smokes a Big Cigar, never issued a soundtrack.) Luckily, Ridgway reissued much of this material on subsequent CDs. "Susie Before Sunrise" and "Deep Inside We're Blue" turned up on Ridgway's 1999 album, Anatomy, the latter having been retitled "Deep Blue Polka Dot." Three other songs were later re-released on Ridgway's excellent odds-and-sods compilation, Holiday in Dirt. In the end, only two recordings remained exclusive to Film Songs: a spirited live version of "I Wanna Be a Boss" (alleged to have been used in nonexistent film called "Captains of Industry") and a live take of "Talk Hard," a song that was heard briefly in the film Pump up the Volume, but was not included on the film's soundtrack. This live take remains the only legally authorized release of "Talk Hard," but the song (and performance), while fine, isn't on the level of Ridgway's best work. Completists, of course, will want to seek out this album anyway, but casual Ridgway fans will find that the chief highlights of Film Songs are all available on other, less costly Stan Ridgway albums -- and that these other albums are considerably easier to find than this out-of-print, limited-edition Australian import.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/1998
  • Label: Import [generic]
  • EAN: 9320467110250
  • Catalog Number: 15326

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Susie Before Sunrise (4:01)
  2. 2 Deep Inside We're Blue (4:31)
  3. 3 Bing Can't Walk (5:09)
  4. 4 End of the Line (5:50)
  5. 5 Floundering (3:10)
  6. 6 Talk Hard (3:40)
  7. 7 I Wanna Be a Boss (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stan Ridgway Primary Artist, Vocals
Mitchell Froom Keyboards
Cliff Martinez Drums
Zander Schloss Banjo
David Sutton Bass
Joe Berardi Drums
Mark Terlizzi Bass
Pietra Wexstun Keyboards
Mark Schulz Guitar
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