WILD AT HEART Soundtrack album

Dom

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I was always very fond of the Wild at Heart soundtrack. It's eclectic, to say the least, but at 17, it was one of the few albums I owned. I came from a big classical music and jazz household and - aside from some ABBA and The Beatles - didn't have a lot of access to anything else. Wild at Heart was one of the first albums I actually owned, receiving it for Christmas on cassette in the early 1990s.

It was the first time I heard Im Abendrot from Four Last Songs and it's coloured my perception of other recordings I've heard since. The Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert Von Karajan recording I have have along with the other three songs is way faster.

Powermad's Slaughterhouse makes the album and impossible one to play with dinner. A fun track, almost a parody of speedmetal.

Kool Kat Walk is soooo Angelo and David. I loved how reminiscent of Twin Peaks it was.

I'm not going to drag through every track, but it's perhaps more enjoyable to listen to for me than the film after all these years. It's about a feeling: partly it's my late teens, partly it's the memory of those open landscapes. I live on an archipelago that's aggresively urbanised. More of my country is open landscape than urban and yet a grey, urban pall has settled everywhere. There's something uniquely American about road movies and it captured my imagination then and still does now. Even Mylène Farmer refers to the 'spleen' of a road movie in her song California (the French using 'spleen' in a slightly different way from English speakers.)

I've had an interesting and annoying problem with many of my CDs for some years. Back in the 2000s, stuck for space in a tiny apartment, I put my CDs in soft wallets and got rid of the cases. Each 'page' had space for four CDs. I would put the CD on the left and the front inlay on the right. The back inlay went into a folder with the DVD and Blu-ray inlays. Unfortunately, along the way, that folder, disastrously, got lost in one of my moves. So, a decade on, I've been trying to rebuild my collection. My solution has been to buy cheap secondhand copies. On the Blu-rays, I've put a tray inside to allow a second disc, so I have both copies, or - as happened with the 2006 Miami Vice - chucked the knackered secondhand disc and put my own in the case.

Now I've turned to the CDs. I always put CDs in new cases and with these, I buy two disc cases, generally putting the secondhand disc at the back. Some of the replacements have been interesting. I had no idea so many people would issue and reissue a CD in the same country.

Wild at Heart is one I bought in 2007. It was released by Spectrum Music. The CD was a dull, plain black and the cover looked like a bad scan, with the text out of focus. In the bundle of secondhand CDs that arrived today, I discovered I'd received an older Polydor release. The cover shows more of the cover art, making the Spectrum one look zoomed. The text is much sharper. The CD itself is colourful with a pink 'splat' and the writing within it. The whole thing speaks 'quality' in the way the later Spectrum one doesn't. Even the inlay is different, with the Spectrum one looking more like a budget CD release. For once, I've put my personal CD in the back of the replacement case and the Polydor front inlay in the case in preference to the Spectrum one.

I have an iPod, but I love physical media. Seeing the nicer Wild at Heart disc on the shelf is one that particularly makes me feel like my old collection is being restored. (And if anyone's interested, the other CDs I received today were John Barry Themeology, When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors, and Basic Instinct.
 
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SaltedGinger

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Funny, I was just leaving a comment about Wild at Heart of a Facebook group. There was a band called The Sundays out in the late 80's/early 90's that I loved and I had the choice to see them or Wild at Heart for my birthday in 1990. I chose Wild at Heart and will always regret missing my opportunity to see The Sundays.
However, I LOVED Wild at Heart and the soundtrack is fucking wonderful. I had it on cassette, might still have it actually...It isn't on Spotify and neither is one of my favorite tracks from it: Up in Flames from KoKo Taylor.
I wouldn't mind a Lynch soundtrack boxed set....

 

eraserJoe

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It's also funny to me that last night in Tulpa chat I mentioned Kool Kat Walk, a version of Cool Cat Walk with lyrics on Cruise's Voice of Love album. I received my first CD player in 1991 for my birthday along with my first two CDs: The Wild at Heart soundtrack and The Voice of Love! It was so amazing back in the day to be able to skip tracks and go back and forth on a CD player!

Yeah, The Wild at Heart soundtrack is wonderfully eclectic as Dom said. I also love Baby Please Don't Go, Smoke Rings, and the Chris Issak tunes along with Badalamenti's contributions, of course. I believe the instrumental track Perdita was Lynch's first foray into writing music (with David Slusser). Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Nicholas Cage does a pretty good job with the Elvis tunes, but I'd rather just listen to the originals.

Thanks for the nostalgic memories, Dom!
 

Dom

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Jul 10, 2022
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Funny, I was just leaving a comment about Wild at Heart of a Facebook group. There was a band called The Sundays out in the late 80's/early 90's that I loved and I had the choice to see them or Wild at Heart for my birthday in 1990. I chose Wild at Heart and will always regret missing my opportunity to see The Sundays.
How funny! I'd forgotten The Sundays. It's like a lost memory just got unclogged! I used own Reading, Writing and Arithmetic on CD. I wonder what happened to that CD... Takes me back to the 1990s. Especially Here's Where the Story Ends.! I don't understand why the inferior Tin Tin Out version got so much credit! I'm playing the album by The Sundays on YouTube as I'm typing this

However, I LOVED Wild at Heart and the soundtrack is fucking wonderful. I had it on cassette, might still have it actually...It isn't on Spotify and neither is one of my favorite tracks from it: Up in Flames from KoKo Taylor.
I played the album on my Walkman so many times. The sheer variety of tracks always drew me in. It makes me feel like I'm stretched out in the back seat of Sailor and Lula's car and the tracks are playing on the radio! Up in Flames is soooo eerie! I love it too. And Wicked Game seemed made for Lynch. I either think of dark roads and headlights... or a naked Helena Christensen when I hear the track! The Christensen video is the one I've normally seen, although my Wild at Heart VHS had the David Lynch music video on the end.

I wouldn't mind a Lynch soundtrack boxed set....
A boxset with expanded releases would be wonderful. Probably a clearance nightmare involving multiple companies though! :D

It's also funny to me that last night in Tulpa chat I mentioned Kool Kat Walk, a version of Cool Cat Walk with lyrics on Cruise's Voice of Love album. I received my first CD player in 1991 for my birthday along with my first two CDs: The Wild at Heart soundtrack and The Voice of Love! It was so amazing back in the day to be able to skip tracks and go back and forth on a CD player!
I find Kool Kat Walk with lyrics really odd! I guess I learned to love it as an instrumental track, so by the time I heard the lovely Julee's voice, it felt like an unwanted extra to the music I adored! I've been surprised at how Julee's albums have rocketed in price and more or less disappeared. They were easily found until recently.

Yeah, The Wild at Heart soundtrack is wonderfully eclectic as Dom said. I also love Baby Please Don't Go, Smoke Rings, and the Chris Issak tunes along with Badalamenti's contributions, of course. I believe the instrumental track Perdita was Lynch's first foray into writing music (with David Slusser). Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Nicholas Cage does a pretty good job with the Elvis tunes, but I'd rather just listen to the originals.
The album is an experience. I think it was the first time I really understood the importance of all tracks in an album. It's why I've never really got into the iTunes/single track/playlist world. I like to listen to entire albums. We have a culture nowadays that focuses on singles, exacerbated by being able to buy individual tracks. Sometimes there are tracks that aren't 'single material', but they serve an important role in an album, subtly shifting the mood, providing a segue between, say, a fast track and a melancholic one that would clash if pushed together.

I often mention the French singer Mylène Farmer, because I love her music and videos. In her 1991 album, halfway through, you go from the upbeat Je t'aime mélancolie



to the moody, sad duet Regrets



via the oddball, mostly instrumental electronic track Psychiatric, falling dead centre in the album, creating a distinct break mid-album. It actually samples David Lynch's The Elephant Man.



I love that sort of break. Psychiatric has never been performed on TV or at a concert, but I can't imagine the album without it and it really works sandwiched between Je t'aime mélancolie and Regrets.

Wild at Heart on CD is an experience. I feel the same about the various Tarantino-related soundtracks. Natural Born Killers on CD is utterly insane. I've played that album to... ahem... death and I've never got tired of it. Trent Reznor oversaw that album, of course, around the same time he got involved with Lost Highway!

Thanks for the nostalgic memories, Dom!
Thank you! :) It's strange that I'm turning 49 in a couple of weeks and this is stuff from over 30 years ago! It's like my Dad reminiscing about 1950s music when I was child in the 1980s. Shocking to think how long ago it all was and yet it seems like yesterday!

While Wild at Heart is less loved by many, I get the impression, the film was an eyeopener for me when I saw it at 17 and the album somehow spoke to my hopes for the future, but also my love of old music.
 
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