Pump Up the Volume [Original Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In a sense, Pump Up the Volume was the second in Allan Moyle's Disillusioned American Youths trilogy, released ten years after the new wave runaway drama Times Square and five years prior to the truly horrid record shop angstfest Empire Records. Like Times Square, and to a somewhat lesser extent Empire Records, Pump Up the Volume's major players are music obsessives who immerse themselves in rock groups that float away from the mainstream radar. In this case, the protagonist is pirate radio DJ Hard Harry Christian Slater, a hyper-hormonal high-school student who takes great delight in playing the likes of Leonard Cohen and Sonic Youth for his audience of confused, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In a sense, Pump Up the Volume was the second in Allan Moyle's Disillusioned American Youths trilogy, released ten years after the new wave runaway drama Times Square and five years prior to the truly horrid record shop angstfest Empire Records. Like Times Square, and to a somewhat lesser extent Empire Records, Pump Up the Volume's major players are music obsessives who immerse themselves in rock groups that float away from the mainstream radar. In this case, the protagonist is pirate radio DJ Hard Harry Christian Slater, a hyper-hormonal high-school student who takes great delight in playing the likes of Leonard Cohen and Sonic Youth for his audience of confused, angst-ridden schoolmates. The soundtrack reflects much of what is played during the movie, including Soundgarden's pre-fame "Heretic," Concrete Blonde's version of Cohen's "Everybody Knows," the Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation U.K. Surf," and two songs that deal with the movie's theme of censorship, Above the Law's "Freedom of Speech" and Bad Brains' with Henry Rollins cover of the MC5's "Kick Out the Jams." Unfortunately, Was Not Was' delightfully perverse "Dad I'm in Jail" is excluded, as is Nora Diniro's lusty ode to Hard Harry "Jam me, jack me, push me, pull me," etc.. At any rate, the Pump Up the Volume soundtrack works well for those who want a decent snapshot of early-'90s alternative music. And if you're feeling nostalgic for that frustrating period of your life when you looked like Christian Slater but couldn't get any girls to pay attention to you, it works equally well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/1990
  • Label: Fontana Mca
  • UPC: 076732803929
  • Catalog Number: 8039
  • Sales rank: 14,896

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everybody Knows - Concrete Blonde (4:42)
  2. 2 Why Can't I Fall in Love - Ivan Neville (4:01)
  3. 3 Stand! - Liquid Jesus (4:22)
  4. 4 Wave of Mutilation - Pixies (3:00)
  5. 5 I've Got a Miniature Secret Camera - Peter Murphy (4:26)
  6. 6 Kick out the Jams - Henry Rollins (3:03)
  7. 7 Freedom of Speech - Above the Law (4:15)
  8. 8 Heretic - Soundgarden (3:48)
  9. 9 Titanium Exposé - Sonic Youth (6:01)
  10. 10 Me and the Devil Blues - Cowboy Junkies (5:34)
  11. 11 Tale O' the Twister - Chagall Guevara (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Above the Law Track Performer
Bad Brains Track Performer
Chagall Guevara Track Performer
Concrete Blonde Track Performer
Cowboy Junkies Track Performer
Peter Murphy Track Performer
Ivan Neville Track Performer
Pixies Track Performer
Henry Rollins Track Performer
Sonic Youth Track Performer
Soundgarden Track Performer
Liquid Jesus Track Performer
Technical Credits
Eazy-E Executive Producer
Bad Brains Contributor
James Brown Composer
Chagall Guevara Contributor
Concrete Blonde Contributor
Cowboy Junkies Contributor
Peter Murphy Producer
Ivan Neville Producer
Pixies Contributor
Sonic Youth Producer
Soundgarden Producer
Liquid Jesus Contributor
Rob Tyner Composer
Dr. Dre Producer
David Bianco Producer
Terry Date Producer
Marc DeSisto Producer
Ron Saint Germain Producer
Dennis Herring Producer
Kenny Lee Lewis Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Peter Moore Producer
Nick Sansano Producer
Michael Timmins Producer
Laylaw Composer, Producer
Cold 187um Composer
Atl Producer
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