Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Party off, Wayne's World Sound Track

Released Feb 18th, 1992 on Reprise
"Wait up, guys!  I fell on my keys!"

Okay, first off I'd like to congratulate myself on making it a full year without *voluntarily* listening to music produced more than twenty years ago.  For the most part, it's been pretty easy.  The only negative thing is not being able to hit shuffle on my iPod.  I'll be honest, I haven't pulled the trigger and actually deleted ALL the expired albums off my iPod, so I have to actually choose what music I listen to each time I use it.  Maybe by the two year mark I'll have everything straightened out.

Now, with today's featured album, we're entering into unchartered territory: motion picture soundtracks.  Usually when I talk to people about this experiment, the question of how to deal with soundtracks comes up.  When it does, I'll be honest, I get stumped.  It's a bit of a tricky situation and as a result, I've kind of been avoiding them entirely.  Not that I typically listen to soundtracks.  The only two I've ever owned are the "Dumb and Dumber" (Exp. '14) and "Angus" (Exp. '15) discs.  Neither of which I currently have in my possession.

The reason it's tricky is because though I'm quick to toss out old music, I'm not expiring movies, TV's or books.  So, if I'm watching The Goonies and Cyndi Lauper's "the Goonies are Good Enough" (Exp. '05) starts playing, I'm not going to panic and mute the television.  (It's one of a few loopholes in this whole thing.)

I've discovered that the best thing about twenty year old soundtracks is it highlights a significant amount of expired music all at once!  With this one, I'm reminded that I'll never enjoy/be subjected to: Black Sabbath's "Dehumanizer" (Exp. '12) , Alice Cooper's "Hey Stoopid" (Exp. '12) or Queen's "A Night at the Opera" (Exp. '95).  

Wayne's World registered pretty high with me as a kid and was one of my favorite comedies for a very long time.  I haven't actually seen it in several years, but a colleague of mine told me it doesn't hold up.  I suppose I'll have to check for myself one of these days.  When I do, I may actually mute Tia Carrere's performance...  Just to be safe.

There is one soundtrack that I've been dying to buy for a while now, but can't due to the fact it was released in 1977.  It's the soundtrack to Dario Argento's horror classic "Suspiria" (Exp. '97).  The entire record consists of music from the Italian progressive rock band Goblin and let me tell you, it is bad ass.  It's basically horror rock and all I want to do is bathe myself in it.  Too bad I'll only get to listen to it if and when I watch the movie again.

Finally, it should be noted that "The Bodyguard" soundtrack will expire in November of this year.  Just ten months after Whitney Houston's passing.

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