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As news of a follow-up to John Niven's Kill Your Friends novel is announced, we look back at the film's amazing soundtrack and more!
Kill Your Friends follows a ruthless A&R man in the 90s British music scene, so it’s no surprise it has a killer soundtrack. Based on John Niven's novel of the same name, the ‘Britpop thriller’ features tracks from Blur, Oasis, Radiohead, The Prodigy and Echo and The Bunnymen.
Damon Gough aka Badly Drawn Boy provided the soundtrack to this adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel, staring Hugh Grant. It includes the wonderful Silent Sigh and Hornby himself has lauded the track A Minor Incident in his book 31 Songs.
Danny Boyle again, this time casting Leonardo di Caprio in Alex Garland's tale of a secret beach paradise gone wrong. Blur, Leftfield, Moby, Underworld, Faithless, New Order and UNKLE with Richard Ashcroft all featured, but it was girl pop act All Saints and Pure Shores that was the hit.
Larry Clark directed this movie about promiscuous teenagers encountering HIV in the mid-90s, which starred Chloë Sevigny. The soundtrack featured post-rock legends Sebadoh and Slint, plus a whole heap of Beastie Boys.
Edgar Wright directed the movie based on a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley, which had an excellent selection of tunes, including tracks by Frank Black, The Black Lips, The Bluetones, Blood Red Shoes, Broken Social Scene, Beck and the not-very-nice Under My Thumb by The Rolling Stones.
Britain's finest heavy metal band hit America for a turbulent tour in support of their Smell The Glove album and the subsequent documentary has a great soundtrack. From the gender politics of Big Bottom, the conceptual Stonehenge to the just plain fun (Tonight) I'm Going To Rock You (Tonight), the album captures a band in a period of transition. Better than Shark Sandwich.
Who would you get to compose the soundtrack to the 1982 story of a man who is sucked into a video game? Why, Daft Punk of course!
The final helping of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s 'Cornetto Trilogy' features absolute bangers from the likes of Primal Scream, Suede, Pulp and Blur.
Perhaps the best movie to come out of the counterculture in the late 1960s, Dennis Hooper and Peter Fonda star as two bikers out to lose themselves in the back roads of America. Along the way, they pick up Jack Nicholson and drive up and down on their "hogs" to the sounds of Jimi Hendrix and The Byrds. Any motorcyclist who says they've never had Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf run through their head as they ride is a LIAR.
Danny Boyle's era-defining look at life in Edinburgh's seedy underbelly kicked off with the classic scene of Ewan McGregor haring it down the road to Iggy Pop's Lust For Life. From there, the soundtrack included New Order's Temptation, Sing by Blur and the evergreen Born Slippy by Underworld. And, for added authenticity, the smackhead anthem Perfect Day by Lou Reed.
Another freeform Baz Luhrmann adaptation of a classic story: Jay-Z produced the album, which featured a collaboration between Beyonce and Andre 3000, Lana Del Rey, The xx, Florence And The Machine, Jack White and Nero.
The romantic comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel featured an outstanding soundtrack including tracks by Black Lips, Regina Spektor, Wolfmother. Alongside those heroes were the classic There Goes The Fear by Doves, Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap and Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths.
Zach Braff directed and starred in this comedy drama and also hand picked the tunes on the soundtrack, which included Coldplay (the lovely Don't Panic), The Shins, Nick Drake and Zero 7.
Mr Prince officially went from cult figure to pop superstar on the release of this semi-biographical movie. P plays "The Kid" and the film details his troubles with his band, his parents and his woman. All of this is soundtracked by classics like Let's Go Crazy, When Doves Cry, I Would Die For U and the title track, during which Prince's guitar apparently ejaculates over the audience. Go and watch the film - it definitely does.
Michael Winterbottom's tale of Anthony Wilson and the rise and fall and rise and fall of the legendary Factory Records label was sure to have a great soundtrack. Covering the two very different brands of Manchester music - from post-punk to the acid house-tinged "baggy" era - everyone's present and correct. Happy Mondays provide the title track, Joy Division dominate, there's some old school punk from The Clash and Buzzcocks and the new song from New Order (Here To Stay) is no slouch either.
Tragedy cursed this adaptation of the influential comic book, with star Brandon Lee being killed during filming after a prop gun misfired. A long shadow appropriately hung over the movie, which bears a suitably dark soundtrack: Nine Inch Nails cover Joy Division, The Cure recorded their most gothic song (Burn) and The Jesus And Mary Chain, Pantera and Stone Temple Pilots all feature.
The Who's 1973 concept album forms the backbone to Franc Roddam's movie version of the Mod odyssey. However, it's the 1960s tracks on the accompanying soundtrack album that set the scene for the tale of Phil Daniels as Jimmy The Mod: Green Onions by Booker T and the MG's, Louie Louie by The Kingsmen and a couple of songs by the Who's former incarnation The High Numbers.
The unique Marvel comedy was a runaway success due to its fresh take on the superhero genre, it’s dark humour and its amazing music. The soundtrack is based on a mixtape in the film called, Awesome Mix Vol 1, and includes the likes of David Bowie, Marvin Gaye and The Runaways.
The soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's comedy featured a who's who of grunge acts: Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney, Smashing Pumpkins and Screaming Trees. Only Nirvana were conspicuous by their absence.
Quentin Tarantino's stone cold classic opened to the surfin' sounds of Misirlou by Dick Dale and featured Jungle Boogie by Kool And The Gang and loads more cult rock and soul. But it was the cover of Neil Diamond's Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon by Urge Overkill that sticks in the memory - mainly down to fact that its soundtracks Uma Thurman's character about to almost cark it on heroin.
This Christian Slater comedy-drama about a pirate radio station is all but forgotten now, but the soundtrack is pretty cool and a great snapshot of the era, featuring Pixies, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden and US hardcore punkers Bad Brains collaborating with Henry Rollins on a cover of the MC5 classic Kick Out The Jams.
Comedian and actor Richard Ayoade directed this sweet coming of age saga and got none other than Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys to write five songs for the soundtrack. The nearest thing we'll get to a Turner solo album for the time being.
The Beatles' self-produced TV movie was a huge flop when it went out on Boxing Day evening in 1967, but the soundtrack more than made up for the lack of plot, coherence or decent acting. We get the title track, The Fool On The Hill, Blue Jay Way and the show-stopping I Am The Walrus: John Lennon at his most psychedelic.
All of John Hughes's teen movies of the 1980s have great soundtracks, but this is Radio X's favourite. From the classic title track (a re-recording of the Psychedelic Furs' 1979 single), there's New Order, The Smiths, Echo And The Bunnymen, OMD, INXS and even a bit of Suzanne Vega.
Kirsten Dunst played the ill-fated French noblewoman in this stylised biopic, but Sofia Coppola saw fit to soundtrack it with some classic New Wave tracks (The Cure, New Order, Adam And The Ants, Siouxsie And The Banshees), while throwing in some cool moments from The Strokes, The Radio Dept and Aphex Twin.
Another Edgar Wright movie starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Shaun's comedic tribute to classic zombie movies included tracks by Ash (Wright is Mr Charlotte Hatherley), The Smiths, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Lemon Jelly, The Specials, Don't Stop Me Now by Queen and helpings of George A. Romero's Dawn Of The Dead soundtrack.
The classic teen coming of age novel by Stephen Chbosky was turned into a film in 2012 and featured many classic rock moments: Galaxie 500, The Smiths, New Order, Cocteau Twins, Sonic Youth and a smattering of David Bowie.
Baz Luhrmann's re-imagining of the Shakespeare story had a glittering soundtrack, with The Cardigan's Lovefool being the standout song. Also on there were Garbage, Radiohead, the Butthole Surfers (very romantic) and You And Me Song by The Wannadies.