Saturday, December 14, 2013

Valley Girl soundtrack (1983)


I had so much fun putting together the Sixteen Candles soundtrack playlist, I thought I'd do the same for another early '80s movie that never got a proper soundtrack release.  In the mid-'90s, Rhino Records put together two compilation soundtracks for the movie.  Check out my thoughts on those CDs by clicking on the cover art below:


In my opinion, you're probably better off just buying the albums from Bonnie Hayes and Josie Cotton.  As is often the case, the film had problems securing rights for all the songs the director wanted to include.  Those issues are discussed here.  Most notable is the absence of Frank Zappa's hit, Valley Girl.  In the US, an (often counterfeited) EP was issued with the same 6 tracks on each side:

Sides One & Two
Girls Like Me
Angst In My Pants
School Is In
Everywhere At Once
Johnny Are You Queer?
Shelly's Boyfriend
    In the UK, a more complete album was issued:

    Side One Side Two
    I Melt With You
    Girls Like Me
    Love My Way
    School Is In
    Everywhere At Once
    Who Can It Be Now?
    Shelly's Boyfriend
    She Talks In Stereo
    Johnny Are You Queer


    In addition to the following tunes, the movie also includes some incidental music by Scott Wilk and Marc Levinthal. This list is based on my DVD version, a 2007 release.
    1. Opening credits: "Girls Like Me" by Bonnie Hayes with The Wild Combo, found on Good Clean Fun (1982)
    2. Julie and Stacey in bedroom getting ready for party: "Love My Way" by The Psychedelic Furs, found on Forever Now (1982)
    3. At the party: "Angst in My Pants" by Sparks, found on Angst in My Pants (1982)
    4. At the party: "Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime)" by The Flirts, found on 10 Cents a Dance (1982)
    5. Randy and Fred arrive at the party: The Fanatic by Felony, found on The Fanatic (1983)
    6. Loryn and Tommy in the bedroom/Julie and Randy meet:  "Eyes of a Stranger" by The Payola$, found on No Stranger to Danger (1982)
    7. At the party/Randy and Fred kicked out: "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant, found on Killer On the Rampage (1982)
    8. Randy and Fred return to party: "Shelly's Boyfriend" by Bonnie Hayes with The Wild Combo, found on Good Clean Fun (1982)
    9. Randy hiding in shower:  "Systematic Way" by Josie Cotton, found on Convertible Music (1982)
    10. Randy and Julie in bathroom: "Love My Way" by The Psychedelic Furs
    11. Cruising in convertible: "I La La La Love You" by Pat Travers, found on Black Pearl (1982)
    12. In the club: "Everywhere at Once" by The Plimsouls, found on Everywhere at Once (1983)
    13. In the club: "A Million Miles Away" by The Plimsouls, found on Everywhere at Once (1983)
    14. Randy and Julie making out: "Time to Win" by Gary Myrick, found on Language (1983)
    15. Skip delivers groceries: "She Talks in Stereo" by Gary Myrick, found on Gary Myrick and The Figures (1980)
    16. Randy and Julie montage: "I Melt with You" by Modern English, found on After the Snow (1982)
    17. Slumber party: "Girls Like Me" by Bonnie Hayes with The Wild Combo
    18. Slumber party: "Shelly's Boyfriend" by Bonnie Hayes with The Wild Combo
    19. Skip visits the Brent house: "Eaten by the Monster of Love" by Sparks, found on Angst in My Pants (1982)
    20. Randy at club with Samantha: "Oldest Story in the World" by The Plimsouls, found on Everywhere at Once (1983)
    21. Randy post-coitus: "A Million Miles Away" by The Plimsouls
    22. Randy radio dedication to Julie: "Eyes of a Stranger" by The Payola$
    23. Prom: "He Could Be The One" by Josie Cotton, found on Convertible Music (1982)
    24. Prom: "School is In" by Josie Cotton, found on From The Hip (1984)
    25. Prom: "Johnny Are You Queer?" by Josie Cotton, found on Convertible Music (1982)
    26. Prom: "He Could Be The One" by Josie Cotton
    27. Closing credits: "I Melt with You" by Modern English




    2 comments :

    1. Another solid anthology with excellent annotation from my new favorite soundtrack scholar. Though it came out in 1983, I'd like to enter this one into evidence in the trial to convict 1982 as THE SINGLE GREATEST YEAR IN MUSIC EVER based on the overwhelming number of songs from 1982.

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      1. Ignoring any objections, the evidence will be entered into the record.

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