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Music for Relief, the non-profit organization created by Linkin Park in 2005 for helping victims of natural disasters, is doing its part for the Haiti survivors. A compilation of 9 songs penned by important names in mainstream music of all genres is available to download at the organization’s site. All earnings will go to the United Nations Foundation, Habitat for Humanity (for rebuilding the homes of those affected) and Dave Matthews Band’s BAMA Works. Linkin Park’s new track, Not Alone, is also featured on the collection. They are joined by other artists like Peter Gabriel, Slash, Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morissette, The All-American Rejects, Hoobastank, Kenna, Enrique Iglesias and Lupe Fiasco. This is all previously unreleased music, published especially for this effort, hence the empowering lyrics about unity and help. You can listen, download and donate:
Cameron Crowe’s teen classic, Say Anything… is turning 20 this year (to continue our string of anniversaries). To mark the occasion, the film is being (re)released on Blu-Ray and DVD, of course and we all know that it’s not Cameron’s style to offer us something without any bonuses. This new edition will come with all the extra material you would want and some of it, available for the first time. For those of you who are not familiar with the movie (do you still exist?) it will be a good chance to get acquainted with the quintessential teen romantic comedy of the 80′s. For those of us who are already hooked on lines like “Bitches, man!” or “I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen”, this will be an opportunity to go even deeper in the genesis of this feel-good classic, that even inspired the name of the band Say Anything, as well as creating some of the most circulated clichés in the world of romantic comedy — the boombox pose is a pop icon, no doubt about it. But, then again, Cameron Crowe’s movies were always sources of pop culture iconography, whether is visual or just verbal. And to paraphrase (again) the film’s tagline, “To know Cameron Crowe is to love Cameron Crowe’s movies”.
You can always count on Cameron Crowe when it comes to soundtracks. The man is a living encyclopedia of music. I bet he counts years in albums (like many of us do). Even though one of his characters, Jeff Bebe from Almost Famous, thinks popular music is usually the best music, you will find that Crowe’s selections for his movies are educationally eclectic. Maybe in time, each of his movies will find its soundtrack reviewed here, but I’ll start with my favourite: Vanilla Sky. And Vanilla Sky starts with Crowe’s favourite band at the time of shooting the movie: Radiohead. Everything in Its Right Place was chosen both for its unnatural sound and the line “Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon”, which the director thought suited the bitter and the sweet dichotomy expressed throughout the film. Radiohead are even mentioned, right before Tom Cruise and Jason Lee nearly have a car crash. They aren’t the only alt legends present on this OST. REM provide sounds for two very different moods. First you have the start-the-week-in-a-good-mood tune All the Right Friends and the very sad hymn to isolation Sweetness Follows, which begins with the suggestive lyrics: “Readying to bury your father and your mother, What did you think when you lost another ?”. The slick bass opening from Jeff Buckley’s Last Goodbye is also used to great effect. Buckley and his untimely death are also referenced in another Crowe movie, Elizabethtown.
I wasn’t joking when I said Crowe’s choices are eclectic. There’s a lot of art dance music on Vanilla Sky and not just in the club scene. Looper contributes with two songs, Leftfield’s Afrika Shox (check this video, it’s wicked) adds a lot to the aforementioned scene. Still, the classics aren’t missing either – Chemical Brothers, Where Do I Begin.
And speaking of classics, Crowe pays his tribute to the names of his teen years, like Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan (even though his visual contribution is more pivotal), The Beach Boys, The Monkees and a title track by Paul McCartney. Peter Gabriel, who provided the love theme for one of Crowe’s most legendary scenes (John Cusack and his boombox from Say Anything) makes a comeback with Solsbury Hill, and it’s a successful one. From the 80′s we also get a hidden treasure, Freur’s Doot Doot, but I’ll dedicate an entire article to this track, for the Ignored-Gold section. Soon. Joan Osborne’s 90′s hit One of Us is hummed by Tom Cruise while his anesthesia kicks in. (It makes you wonder: what would you sing while your anesthesia kicks in ?). Your indie needs are quenched by Spiritualized, Sigur Ros and Red House Painters, while Crowe and his wife Nancy Wilson write the pretty good I Fall Apart, performed by Cameron Diaz. In fact, Nancy Wilson’s score, based on an acoustic theme, is not to be taken lightly either.
I’ve listened to this soundtrack as an album only after seeing the movie, but if someone would give it a go before, it will probably make the movie seem even more intriguing that its teaser trailer did, back in 2001.