Less Than Zero - The Soundtrack Poll

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I don't know if this was polled previously but IIRC this is a very solid soundtrack.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
4. "Going Back to Cali"- 4:10 (LL Cool J) 19
11. "A Hazy Shade of Winter"- 2:47 (The Bangles) 14
7. "Bring the Noise"- 3:45 (Public Enemy) 11
2. "Life Fades Away"- 3:42 (Roy Orbison) 4
5. You and Me (Less than Zero)"- 3:36 (Glenn Danzig and Power Fury Orchestra) 2
10. "How to Love Again"- 4:42 (Alyson Williams and Oran "Juice" Jones) 0
9. "She's Lost You"- 2:58 (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts) 0
8. "Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)"- 3:06 (Black Flames) 0
6. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida- 3:19 (Slayer) 0
3. "Rock and Roll All Nite"- 3:37 (Poison) 0
1. "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu"- 2:56 (Aerosmith) 0


Jack the Dude-Kicker (HI DERE), Monday, 22 February 2010 21:21 (ten years ago) link

The first actual CD I ever bought. Still own it for that reason!

Great album, wouldn't know what to pick.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 February 2010 21:22 (ten years ago) link

I do remember always being cheesed at the sequencing, though -- "Life Fades Away" should have been at the end of the album like it was for the movie, reflecting on the tragic death of Robert Downey Jr. from drugs...again!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 February 2010 21:23 (ten years ago) link

not gonna watch this movie bc of my gen. feelings abt BEE adaptations but this soundtrack looks pretty good, thats all i got.

plaxico (I know, right?), Monday, 22 February 2010 21:24 (ten years ago) link

Give in to the atmosphere:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQSGS5-7QI4

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 February 2010 21:25 (ten years ago) link

Pause at :49 or :51 for true drama.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 February 2010 21:26 (ten years ago) link

If Roy Orbison doesn't run away with this thing, I just don't know what to think. The Danzig and LL Cool J songs are also excellent, though.

neither good nor bad, just a kid like you (unperson), Monday, 22 February 2010 21:30 (ten years ago) link

Half the album consists of cover versions!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 February 2010 21:31 (ten years ago) link

Going Back To Cali was a big deal to me when it came out - something about that black and white video was really cool and unexpected.

Brio, Monday, 22 February 2010 21:31 (ten years ago) link

a bunch of cover versions is a pretty standard soundtrack trope though innit?

Brio, Monday, 22 February 2010 21:32 (ten years ago) link

During the nineties and after, yes, but was it such a big thing when this came out? (Probably was, I'm not sure -- I am pretty sure I first learned about the Chi-Lites through the "Are You My Woman?" cover, at least.)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 February 2010 21:36 (ten years ago) link

why is there no X on this?

plaxico (I know, right?), Monday, 22 February 2010 21:41 (ten years ago) link

An impossible choice b/w two of my favorite songs: "Hazy Shade of Winter" and "Life Fades Away."

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 February 2010 21:43 (ten years ago) link

if you vote for anything but "Bring The Noise" and are not geir, you need to take a serious look at the decisions you've made in life

allyboy (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 22 February 2010 21:45 (ten years ago) link

I'm surprised the Elvis Costello song isn't on the soundtrack ... isn't that where BEE got the title?

Brad C., Monday, 22 February 2010 21:45 (ten years ago) link

yeah though whiney that is the best song on here, but i feel like goin' back to cali is more "from" this soundtrack and unique to this soundtrack at the time while bring the noise is more "from" nation of millions IMO....

both are great obv but noise is greater

also the bangles s&g cover is tuff stuff

julio caeser soze (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 22 February 2010 21:57 (ten years ago) link

bring the noise is more "from" nation of millions IMO....

True but it came out some months before Nation and I always associated it more with the soundtrack because I heard it first. (Also the first time I ever heard PE, so there's that.)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 February 2010 22:00 (ten years ago) link

i didn't know that was before but yeah i guess that makes sense.

julio caeser soze (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 22 February 2010 22:02 (ten years ago) link

I'm surprised the Elvis Costello song isn't on the soundtrack ... isn't that where BEE got the title?

it is in the film iirc. this movie is not so good. but there is lots of people having sex with their clothes on (now THERE'S a song that shoulda been on the sdtk lolz)

Wrinkles, I'll see you on the other side (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 22 February 2010 22:02 (ten years ago) link

Voting P.E.'s best song -- a very easy choice. Though the Bangles actually improve on Simon & Garfunkel, and Slayer's Iron Butterfly cover might be my favorite thing by them. (Haven't thought about that Black Flames cut for forever; they were a sort of soul/doo-wop revival group, right? Are they any good on here, and if so, did they ever put out an album of their own?)

xhuxk, Monday, 22 February 2010 22:04 (ten years ago) link

i didn't know that was before but yeah i guess that makes sense.

Yeah, the soundtrack was out in the fall of 1987 but Nation wasn't released until April 1988.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 February 2010 22:29 (ten years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmQYxkTN8PA

This is the epitome of the 80s 12-inch remix to me. EXTENDED BONGO SOLO!

Jack the Dude-Kicker (HI DERE), Monday, 22 February 2010 22:41 (ten years ago) link

the Bangles actually improve on Simon & Garfunkel,

so otm

Joannon HOOM (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 22 February 2010 22:48 (ten years ago) link

oh man i have no idea

THEY HAVE CREATED ANOTHER (jjjusten), Monday, 22 February 2010 22:50 (ten years ago) link

am able to eliminate anything that features oran "juice" jones or steven tyler

THEY HAVE CREATED ANOTHER (jjjusten), Monday, 22 February 2010 22:51 (ten years ago) link

btw sorry for stealing one of your future polls from you

Jack the Dude-Kicker (HI DERE), Monday, 22 February 2010 22:51 (ten years ago) link

how's that Joan Jett song?

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 February 2010 22:52 (ten years ago) link

xpost no issue, i am mostly looking for soundtracks no one other than me was dumb enough to buy.

THEY HAVE CREATED ANOTHER (jjjusten), Monday, 22 February 2010 22:54 (ten years ago) link

also, exclusively doing stuff i had on casette, and i have this on LP

THEY HAVE CREATED ANOTHER (jjjusten), Monday, 22 February 2010 22:55 (ten years ago) link

how's that Joan Jett song?

Pleasant, not deathless, she's done better.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 February 2010 23:17 (ten years ago) link

"Goin' Back to Cali" is one of the best songs ever. FACT.

soft serve space age blap (The Reverend), Monday, 22 February 2010 23:25 (ten years ago) link

Hahaha

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 February 2010 23:32 (ten years ago) link

JOHN BY SAYING WHAT YOUR ARE SAYING YOUR ARE FORESAKING "THE RAIN" AND THEREFORE BEING A VERY VERY SILLY RABBIT.

julio caeser soze (M@tt He1ges0n), Monday, 22 February 2010 23:38 (ten years ago) link

^^^

also lol at whiney

soft serve space age blap (The Reverend), Monday, 22 February 2010 23:47 (ten years ago) link

how's that Joan Jett song?

it's godawful. though not as godawful as the oran juice jones song.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 00:13 (ten years ago) link

i am eliminating oran "juice" from this poll, not my ears in the rest of the world, so no stress dudes, the rain remains safe and unbesmirched.

might vote for the slayer tbh

THEY HAVE CREATED ANOTHER (jjjusten), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 01:35 (ten years ago) link

oran "juice" jones is pretty cool when he's being a dick, like "the rain" or "cold spendin' my money." but i don't remember his song on this at all.

voted danzig cause "goin' back to cali" is going to get a lot of votes anyway. and lounge-danzig is pretty cool.

PANZER DIVISION DEVO (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 01:48 (ten years ago) link

oran "juice" jones is pretty cool when he's being a dick, like "the rain" or "cold spendin' my money." but i don't remember his song on this at all.

An extremely dull and sappy duet. God knows what Rubin was thinking.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 01:54 (ten years ago) link

Crossover potential?

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:04 (ten years ago) link

No one wants to vouch for Orbison, eh? Fine. I'll remember where you guys live.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:05 (ten years ago) link

No one wants to vouch for Orbison, eh?

Sounds like someone missed unperson's post upthread (and mine, more implicitly admittedly).

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:08 (ten years ago) link

I always thought of that song as the spark for Rubin figuring something could work with Johnny Cash covering the work of more recent songwriters, given the Danzig co-write credit.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:12 (ten years ago) link

I was so upset with you I don’t know what to do
‘N’ my first impulse was to run up on you
And do a Rambo
Whip out the jammy and flat-blast both of you
But I ain’t wanna mess up this thirty-seven hundred dollar lynx coat
So instead… I chilled (yeah)

Man or Austro-Hungarian? (Pillbox), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:13 (ten years ago) link

orbison song is great, but slayer distilling inagaddadavida to a 3.5 minute song is a great achievement imo

THEY HAVE CREATED ANOTHER (jjjusten), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:15 (ten years ago) link

Having fun skipping around all these tracks again here at home. The Slayer cover is crazy great.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:19 (ten years ago) link

Sorry, Ned. Missed the first couple posts.

Christgau:

Less Than Zero [Def Jam, 1987]

Despite the execrable title song and Poison's attempted "Rock and Roll All Nite," this is one tough and imaginative soundtrack. I love the way the Bangles schlock up "Hazy Shade of Winter" (sounds like the Grass Roots song it should have been) and Slayer revs up "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (a great tune cut down to size). Even better are a debut by the Black Flames, a def and jamming answer to the Force M.D.'s, and a Public Enemy track that finally lives up to their fierce political rep (they like Farrakhan and dis critics, but nobody said you had to agree with them). "Are You My Woman"/"Bring the Noise," the resulting twelve-inch is called. Those who never trust a soundtrack should buy one. B+

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:24 (ten years ago) link

Forgot that "Hazy Shade of Winter" only went to #2, why the hell didn't that top the chart.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:30 (ten years ago) link

It was inescapable, wasn't it? And my local radio station played the crazy-bongo 12" version Dan loves.

The Bangles topped the chart with their two worst songs, while two of their BEST peaked at #2 (guess the one other).

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:32 (ten years ago) link

Jeez, it was too long since I heard "Goin' Back to Cali," why the hell did I think it was a lot more low key than it is?

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 02:35 (ten years ago) link

oh hell yeah, it's a weird song. totally holds up, i think.
love LL's delivery on it, the "she said she liked the ocean" line still pops into my head sometimes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdizL4on-Rc

Brio, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:00 (ten years ago) link

she said
she liked
the beach

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:01 (ten years ago) link

oran "juice" jones is pretty cool when he's being a dick, like "the rain" or "cold spendin' my money." but i don't remember his song on this at all.

An extremely dull and sappy duet. God knows what Rubin was thinking.

Pretty sure that the Rubin half of the Def Jam equation wasn't putting all the played-out R&B jams on here

paul wall destroyer (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:04 (ten years ago) link

pink cookies
in a plastic
bag
being crush
by buildings

julio caeser soze (M@tt He1ges0n), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:06 (ten years ago) link

Had/have? this on vinyl. LL vs Bangles.

Fusty Moralizer (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:11 (ten years ago) link

Bangles topped the chart with their two worst songs, while two of their BEST peaked at #2

Oh come on -- "Walk Like An Egyptian" >>>>>>> "Manic Monday" any day of the week (Monday included.)

xhuxk, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:21 (ten years ago) link

not otm

paul wall destroyer (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:22 (ten years ago) link

(Well okay, at least one >. I used to kind of hate "Manic Monday" actually, but I've grown to like it more over the years. Still, calling "Egyptian" one of their "two worst songs" is just....goofy.)

xhuxk, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:23 (ten years ago) link

Same here, but even when I thought it sucked MM was still better than "Egyptian."

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:25 (ten years ago) link

any song with whistling in the chorus is automatically awesome

Wrinkles, I'll see you on the other side (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:25 (ten years ago) link

"Hazy Shade of Winter" >> "If She Knew What She Wants" >>>>>>>> "Going Down to Liverpool" >>>>> "In Your Room" >>>> "Manic Monday"

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:28 (ten years ago) link

I note "Eternal Flame" has been drowned in a primeval peat bog.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:29 (ten years ago) link

The Bangs > The Bangles. (Okay, I probably don't really believe that. But it's possible.)

xhuxk, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:29 (ten years ago) link

I note "Eternal Flame" has been drowned in a primeval peat bog.

It's got its defenders 'round these parts.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:31 (ten years ago) link

Liverpool>Monday>Hazy>Room>Egyptian>>>Flame

Brio, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:33 (ten years ago) link

I guess we need a Bangles singles poll.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:34 (ten years ago) link

I actually have a copy of New York Rocker from 1982 where Byron Coley reviews their live set, opening for Salvation Army and the Last, before they added the "les" part. ("The fluid vocal blend the Bangs're able to achieve at moments contrast with their instrumental rough spots while simulataneously smoothing them over, and the overall effect's mighty fuggin' pleasant.")

xhuxk, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:34 (ten years ago) link

I love how the eighties were apparently about stacking lots of TV sets around dance floors for a combination "futuristic" and narcissistic ambience.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:38 (ten years ago) link

http://skew.dailyskew.com/uploaded_images/watchmen10-700511.jpg

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:40 (ten years ago) link

xp Uh, guess they already had the "s." (Looks like their debut EP as the Bangles actually came out later that year. Coley is upset that people are already comparing them to the Go-Gos, when they remind him more of "SF's long-gone Urge -- with the difference bein' Vickie Peterson's superior songwriting and cover choices." Apparently they did "Pushin' Too Hard." The show was at the Whisky.)

xhuxk, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:41 (ten years ago) link

"In Your Room" is an astonishingly sexy song.

begs the question, when is enough enough (Euler), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:48 (ten years ago) link

voted PE btw

begs the question, when is enough enough (Euler), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 17:49 (ten years ago) link

wtf guys, "Eternal Flame" is a great song

Jack the Dude-Kicker (HI DERE), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 18:21 (ten years ago) link

tough choice between PE and LL, but I voted for Cali - mainly because I still listen to the song probably once or twice a month. I've always had a soft spot for Slayer's inagaddadavida cover, but mostly because of Lombardo's awesome caveman-ish drumming.

richie aprile (rockapads), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 20:15 (ten years ago) link

WTF Missing Chapter of Clockwork Orange?

Roomful of Moogs (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 01:12 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, the original final chapter that was excised from the American printing. (And as a consequence is not in the movie.)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 03:56 (ten years ago) link

in a Gadda da vida was awful. even Slayer loathe that cover.

Ballistic, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 03:58 (ten years ago) link

During my lunch break I walked to the library and actually flipped through this issue on microfiche. Rolling Stone ran...content then (lots of crap too).

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 February 2010 03:59 (ten years ago) link

As much love as I have for "Bring the Noise" gotta vote Bangles on this one.

Sean Carruthers, Wednesday, 24 February 2010 04:05 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 6 March 2010 00:01 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 7 March 2010 00:01 (ten years ago) link

Not surprised to see LL Cool J win this so handily, but very surprised to see Roy Orbison poll so low.

neither good nor bad, just a kid like you (unperson), Sunday, 7 March 2010 00:03 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

About this soundtrack....

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 21 May 2020 12:18 (two weeks ago) link


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