Twisted MixTape 28

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I have a thing. The thing is I CANNOT see touching, dramatic, beautiful, moving, academy award for best drama movies. So as the Music Director of Twisted MixTape I would recommend you don’t expect any sappy songs from this soundtrack mixtape, it ain’t gonna happen.


Songs I May Have Never Heard if it Wasn’t For This Movie (or Musical) Soundtrack


When I created Twisted MixTape it was almost in homage to John Cusack. Look, I’m not obsessed, and I’m not a stalker, I’m just fairly certain – in real life – John Cusack and I are soulmates very close to being the same person. And so, as I began looking for songs I probably would not have known, or at least not well, had it not been for the soundtracks it was no surprise that two of them were soundtracks from John Cusack movies.  I am also pretty sure that in his later movies he had something to do with the soundtrack choices. (BTW John Mayer 83 did not make the cut, it was from Serendipity and was basically his debut on the scene, very serendipitous for him)


The first song is off of High Fidelity, “Who Loves The Sun”  by The Velvet Underground

Notable lyrics “Who loves the sun, not everyone.” There is not a better song to describe John Cusack’s character in High Fidelity. I definitely enjoyed the movie more than the book. Lance and I have discussed having a book review face-off on that one. In the book I find Rob to be a whiny girl, he isn’t so bad in the movie. And anyway, I’ll tolerate him because… you know.   Plus, see the shirt he’s wearing in the movie? My friend owns that store, so he gets bonus points.


Then of course there was Say Anything. I wore this cassette out. I know every song backwards and forwards. Some notables are The Cult of Personality by Living Colour and Taste the Pain by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, but this song is really beautiful and it stuck with me. This is a song that I am guessing a lot of people haven’t heard. It’s by a German band and I believe this is the only song they recorded in English, that might be our loss. I suggest giving this song a listen.

“Keeping the Dream Alive” by Freiheit from Say Anything


And then there’s that darn Quentin Tarantino. Man his soundtracks rock as our friend Melissa Stepp shared with us before.

How can I pass over Urge Overkill? A Chicago band I was aware of, but I hadn’t really given them much notice. Then there was this:
“Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon”  by Urge Overkill from Pulp Fiction


“Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede from Reservoir Dogs
This song may be one of my top 25 of all time. Ouga Chaka Ouga Ouga….


Thank you Michael J Fox for this one. I’m going back to the 80’s now folks.
Bright Lights, Big City had an AMAZING soundtrack. This is one of my favorites and may have turned me on to Bryan Ferry.

Speaking of Bryan Ferry, if you have never seen the movie Legend (1985) directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara (who starred in Ferris Bueller) and Tim Curry, then you, my friend, are missing something spectacular! They call it a cult classic, and I guess it is. Not only is the movie brilliant but so is the soundtrack. Tangerine Dream is the primary composer, but there is this priceless Bryan Ferry tune on there.

Is Your Love Strong Enough – Bryan Ferry from Legend (this video actually shows the movie, bonus!)


Did you say something about cheating? I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Did you say something about cheating? I’m not sure how I feel about that.


OK, Gonna cheat now…. since I am I won’t stick lots of words in here.

If you’ve never seen A Mighty Wind  go now! This is one of those brilliant films by the creators of This is Spinal Tap, Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman. This is a movie about a fictional documentary about folk singers.

Did you see Big Night ? I saw it, and I think I really liked it, but I’m not sure. It may have just been the soundtrack.


And that my friends is where it ends. My list for this mix had 54 songs on it, so this topic may roll around again. Or maybe I’ll use it as a freebie, I didn’t even use any of my favorite Musicals in there!

Thank you for listening, now share your mixtape with all of us. The best part of this party is we get to hear so much music that may be new, may be forgotten or may be just what you wanted to hear right now.

These are the rules. Five songs (give or take). Stick to the theme (as best you can). Check out the other players (everyone wants to share their tunes with you). Create a mix, not a “hey look at all the cool songs I know” we’re not snobs, if you were our best bud and you were gonna make us a tape, what would it be? And share this party so more people will play next week!

My good friend Kristi from Finding Ninee is my fabulous co-hort. She was my first blogging friend ever and gave me the courage to make this thing happened, so she gets my undying admiration and your visits.


And now, The List of all Lists

October 15 – Make a mix of songs that are totally from a genre or style of music that you don’t usually listen to. You know… 5 songs that you love anyway… kinda like Clark pulling the Classical Music card for Best of
October 22 – Songs that are spiritual. In anyway. To you, about something spiritual, you decide.
October 29 – Songs that are scary. FOR ANY REASON. Halloween is a few days away. Are they scary because of the words, what the band looks like, because it’s just so darn bad??
November 5- Free for all!
November 12 – Song’s that tell a story. These can be epics or not. Just a story. You know, just not la la la I love you or I hate you or whatever….
November 19 – Cheating Songs

21 thoughts on “Twisted MixTape 28

  1. The first one from High Fidelity, I have listened too often and by the way, I love John Cusack, too. I think my favorite movie soundtrack from him is Grosse Point Blank. I literally listened to it over and over in my early twenties. Seriously, it never got old!

  2. I love your list this week! This is the second mention of A Mighty Wind I’ve seen this week. My History of Rock professor recommended watching for some comic relief as we study the 60’s fold revival pre and during Dylan. After reading the synopsis, I can’t wait to see it.

  3. I have ideas for this one, finally!!
    1. New Slang by The Shins from The Garden State soundtrack. Quintessential!
    2. Mentira by Manu Chao from The Truth About Charlie soundtrack.
    3. Les Enfants Perdu by Angelique Kidjo from The Truth About Charlie – weird movie, great soundtrack!
    4. Paper Planes by M.I.A. from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. So loved the movie and the entire soundtrack.
    5. Believe by Franka Potente from the Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) soundtrack. Amazing effing movie. Blew me away.

  4. I’d forgotten that “Hooked on a Feeling” was from Reservoir Dogs! There really are SO MANY good songs from Tarantino movies… I considered putting Sweet Jane from Natural Born Killers on my list this week – but if I’d started listing all the ones I’d considered there would have been no end 🙂

    Have to admit that I don’t think I’ve ever seen High Fidelity (gasp). But loved John Cusack in so many other movies… Adored this week’s topic! Thanks again for the fun blog hop!

  5. As usual, some new ones to me on your list, Jen. But I knew a few, and I loved that Girl You’ll be a Woman Soon is a remake of a Neil Diamond song! A little hipper, yes, but always a classic.

  6. All right, it’s a good thing I didn’t use anything from High Fidelity because that might make people wonder if maybe you and John and I were triplets… GREAT list. Mine is almost done!

  7. ACK!!! I am so kicking myself now for not choosing a song from This is Spinal Tap! What was I thinking!??!? …eh, I’m too tired now to go back in and add one. But, I am SO glad you added one from A Mighty Wind…thank you!! 🙂

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  9. I love that you’ve got A Mighty Wind in here! That movie is hysterical and those two characters in particular. That song “…a mighty wind is blowing you and blowing me…” LOLOL

  10. So so sorry I couldn’t play this week, Jen. It’s been long and rough and blah blah blah poor me until I see this list at almost 2am and think OMFG soo much of the music I love is from movies. You forgot Gross Pointe Blank. Which hello awesome freaking soundtrack. Like massively. Awesome. Also Donnie Darko.

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  12. I really liked “Keeping the Dream Alive”. Sounds very Queen-ish to me but I really like it. Quentin Tarantino’s a genius at choosing songs for his films. A great way to showcase songs most people wouldn’t like, listen to or even heard about. If it’s on his film, the song gets another chance to be “popular”. I also wouldn’t have found out about “Twisted Nerve” if it weren’t for Kill Bill. 🙂 Thanks again Jen for hosting Mixtape Tuesdays…

  13. Oh John Cusak…what corner of the world did he fall of off. I love that guy.
    It’s funny that this is the topic because it is true. So many songs have caught my attention in a film and I would have to wait through the credits to find the name of that song.

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