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Grosse Point Blank


Watched Grosse Point Blank last night, had intended to watch it at some point on Saturday past  but was out voted!!

Anyway it remains one of my favourite films, not surprising given that John Cusack is a favourite actor of mine and that it has a superb soundtrack.

The score for Grosse Pointe Blank was composed by Joe Strummer, formerly of The Clash, and includes two songs from The Clash, “Rudie Can’t Fail” (from the album London Calling) and their cover version of Willi Williams‘ “Armagideon Time”.

In addition to The Clash, the tracks featured are a mix of popular 1980s punk rock, ska and New Wave from such bands as Violent Femmes, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Specials, The Jam, The Cure, Siouxsie & the Banshees and a-ha.

The soundtrack album reached No. 31 on the Billboard 200 chart, prompting the release of a second volume of songs from the film.

While most songs played throughout the movie, and even more specifically the reunion, are true to the period of the students’ graduation (circa 1986), several songs are contemporary:

Several songs in the film are not featured on the soundtrack albums.

Track listing

 Volume 1

  1. Blister in the Sun” (Violent Femmes) – 2:08
  2. “Rudie Can’t Fail” (The Clash) – 3:31
  3. “Mirror In The Bathroom” (English Beat) – 3:09
  4. Under Pressure” (David Bowie and Queen) – 4:03
  5. I Can See Clearly Now” (Johnny Nash) – 2:46
  6. Live and Let Die” (Guns N’ Roses) – 3:02
  7. We Care a Lot” (Faith No More) – 4:03
  8. Pressure Drop” (The Specials) – 4:18
  9. “Absolute Beginners” (The Jam) – 2:50
  10. “Armagideon Time” (The Clash) – 3:53
  11. El Matador” (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs) – 4:34
  12. Let My Love Open the Door (E. Cola Mix)” (Pete Townshend) – 4:58
  13. “Blister 2000” (Violent Femmes) – 2:58

Volume 2

  1. “A Message to You, Rudy” (The Specials) – 2:53
  2. Cities in Dust” (Siouxsie & the Banshees) – 3:49
  3. The Killing Moon” (Echo & the Bunnymen) – 5:44
  4. Monkey Gone to Heaven” (Pixies) – 2:56
  5. “Lorca’s Novena” (The Pogues) – 4:35
  6. “Go!” (Tones on Tail) – 2:32
  7. “Let it Whip” (Dazz Band) – 4:24
  8. “The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight” (Dominatrix) – 3:40
  9. “War Cry” (Joe Strummer) – 5:58
  10. White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)” (Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel) – 7:24
  11. Take on Me” (a-ha) – 3:46
  12. “You’re Wondering Now” (The Specials) – 2:37
  13. “99 Luftballons” (Nena)-3:52

The brilliant Pete Townshend song “Let My Love Open The Door”was used in the film albeit with a totally different mix from the original Townshend album, “Empty Glass” mix.

To buy the music of Pete Townshend click HERE

To buy Grosse Point Blank click HERE


October 1, 2009 - Posted by | Movies, The Who, Video | , ,

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