"Until the End of the World" Soundtrack POLL

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Alt-rock touchstone from 1992. I removed Graeme Revell's bits of score.

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Jane Siberry and k.d. lang: "Calling All Angels" 7
Lou Reed: "What's Good" 4
Neneh Cherry: "Move With Me (Dub)" 3
Crime and the City Solution, "The Adversary" 3
Talking Heads: "Sax and Violins" 2
Patti Smith and Fred "Sonic" Smith: "It Takes Time" 2
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: "(I'll Love You) Till the End of the World" 2
Daniel Lanois: "Sleeping in the Devil's Bed" 1
Elvis Costello: "Days" 1
R.E.M.: "Fretless" 1
Can: "Last Night Sleep" 1
Julee Cruise: "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears" 1
U2: "Until the End of the World" 1
Depeche Mode: "Death's Door" 0
T-Bone Burnett: "Humans from Earth" 0


Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 01:02 (eleven years ago) link

True story: this is the first time I ever heard Can. Also true: this movie blows.

I'm going with either "Sax and Violins" or "Calling All Angels," not sure yet.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 01:06 (eleven years ago) link

Sax and Violins

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 01:09 (eleven years ago) link

I'm torn between "Fretless" and "Death's Door." Dan and Ned can correct me, but DM have nothing in their catalog quite like it; love the brushed drums and the restrained melancholy of Gore's vocal.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 01:10 (eleven years ago) link

Mostly impossible to decide for me. Probably will go with "Death's Door" but could change my mind...

The mix of "Until The End Of The World" on this stomps all over the version on Achtung Baby

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 01:13 (eleven years ago) link

"Fretless" it is.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 01:45 (eleven years ago) link

Haha. I think I own this cd, but I don't know where it is and I don't remember any of these songs from their titles.

that guy who doesn't get it but doesn't know he doesn't get it (M.V.), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 01:50 (eleven years ago) link

voted Neneh Cherry.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 02:03 (eleven years ago) link

loooove this CD. i think i bumped the thread last week!

max, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 02:25 (eleven years ago) link

i think probably deaths door? but really i could go for any of them depending on my mood.

max, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 02:25 (eleven years ago) link

The Adversary.

StanM, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 02:50 (eleven years ago) link

"Sleeping in the Devil's Bed."

can it compete with the wagon wheel (Eazy), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 03:51 (eleven years ago) link

True story: this is the first time I ever heard Can. Also true: this movie blows.

― Johnny Fever, Monday, March 1, 2010 8:06 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

whatevs n00b

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 04:09 (eleven years ago) link

To clarify: this was the first time I ever heard Can, in 1992. Also to clarify: this movie REALLY BLOWS.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 04:19 (eleven years ago) link

whatevs n00b

Facepalm. With a hammer. (Paul in Santa Cruz), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 04:21 (eleven years ago) link

The mix of "Until The End Of The World" on this stomps all over the version on Achtung Baby

tru, but . . . 'days'

intrsting in that i believe wim wenders asked the artists to imagine what pop music would be like in the future aka today

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 04:22 (eleven years ago) link

also ws solveig dommartin rip

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 04:23 (eleven years ago) link

wim wenders asked the artists to imagine what pop music would be like in the future

Actually, 1999.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 04:29 (eleven years ago) link

Unfortunately, "Livin' La Vida Loca" wasn't predicted.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 04:29 (eleven years ago) link

kd lang and Jane Siberry covering "Summer Girls" would have been fab.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 14:19 (eleven years ago) link

I want to hear Nick Cave's "Mambo No. 5"

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 14:24 (eleven years ago) link

voted Neneh Cherry.
― brotherlovesdub

okeh, there's two of us now.

t**t, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 19:18 (eleven years ago) link

I went with "Calling All Angels".

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 19:24 (eleven years ago) link

Hard to vote because I have hardly heard any of these tracks. The U2 one is quite good (and actually better than the Depeche one), but hard to decide when I am not familiar with the rest.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:31 (eleven years ago) link

do people like that kinks Elvis Costello cover? i remember thinking it seemed like a good idea, but when I heard it I hated it.

tylerw, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:45 (eleven years ago) link

I heard it last night and thought my toaster oven was breaking.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:49 (eleven years ago) link

i don't own this anymore, but i remember liking the Patti/Fred tune so that got my vote

If you can believe your eyes and ears (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:50 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah -- it's got this droney keyboard loop.

Inculcate a spirit of serfdom in children (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:52 (eleven years ago) link

Very torn between The Adversary and Calling All Angels.

Bobbi Peru, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 21:29 (eleven years ago) link

Criminally missing from the official version of this soundtrack: some unique mix of Peter Gabriel's "Blood of Eden" and this is my favorite movie of all time, especially the director's cut.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 22:33 (eleven years ago) link

agreed!

I still have an embarassing soft spot for "Calling All Angels," but leaving off "Blood of Eden" was unforgivable.

― rogermexico (rogermexico), Wednesday, April 5, 2006

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 22:45 (eleven years ago) link

i remember buying this record.
now i can't remember why.

Zeno, Tuesday, 2 March 2010 23:17 (eleven years ago) link

calling all angels

malicious humor victim (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 23:22 (eleven years ago) link

Another vote for "Calling all Angels" here.

Sean Carruthers, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 00:50 (eleven years ago) link

calling all angels vs. neneh

i'll go neneh but it's a tough one

jed_, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 00:55 (eleven years ago) link

quietly the car was rolling like a bullet....

jed_, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 00:55 (eleven years ago) link

the film really is terrible though

jed_, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 01:01 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 11 March 2010 00:01 (eleven years ago) link

This meant a lot to me back in the day -- seemed very sophisticated, European, moody in an adult way that was aspirational for me at the time. File alongside Tom Waits and David Lynch and red wine, among many others. Now that I've reached the age I when I imagined I would have settled into that stylish world-weariness, I spend most of my time playing 'Paperback Writer' on Beatles Rock Band with my toddler.

Re-listening now, probably 10 years since the last time I heard it, it's still almost all good. Only things I skipped past were "Days" and the post-intro part of "What's good".

A few random highlights:
*Nick Cave chewing the scenery in his verses (even if the chorus is tiresome)
*The vocals in "The Adversary". I always sang the chorus as "to her I'm just an onion".
*The backing track to "It Takes Time" (Patti & Fred Smith). I love the detail of the ultra-dry drum pattern against wobbly keyboard washes and wordless backing vocals.

Agree that REM, U2 and Talking Heads end up with career highlights here, somehow. U2 must've agreed that this was the definitive version of 'Until the end of the world', since they've been playing this way live ever since.

After all that, ended up voting for Julee Cruise, for historico-sentimental reasons.

Cricket riding a tumbleweed (Plasmon), Thursday, 11 March 2010 07:58 (eleven years ago) link

thinking of re-watching this movie tonight

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 11 March 2010 08:48 (eleven years ago) link

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

System, Friday, 12 March 2010 00:01 (eleven years ago) link

Wow, something I voted for finally won a poll!!!

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 March 2010 00:07 (eleven years ago) link

Depeche Mode: "Death's Door" 0

^ guess it was a 2nd choice of many, 1st choice of none.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 March 2010 00:09 (eleven years ago) link

The most boring song won!

The Magnificent Colin Firth (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 March 2010 00:21 (eleven years ago) link

Tried looking for Julee Cruise on YouTube but couldn't find a version that didn't have a ridiculous image the whole time. On the plus side, I heard the Elvis original for the first time and it's pretty damn good. Not as good as Julee's take but Elvis did just fine.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 12 March 2010 00:30 (eleven years ago) link

i didn't see this poll at the time, but would have voted for fretless. i think it's an old rem song that had been kicking around on bootleg cassettes for years before they formally recorded it for this soundtrack.

Daniel, Esq., Friday, 12 March 2010 10:48 (eleven years ago) link

Wow. I honestly thought I'd have been the only Lou Reed vote. That's one of my favorite songs.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Friday, 12 March 2010 11:09 (eleven years ago) link

Although I remember thinking at the time that it was a copout of a submission - it didn't fit in with WW's "music of the future" theme.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Friday, 12 March 2010 11:14 (eleven years ago) link

what music of the future theme?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 12 March 2010 11:28 (eleven years ago) link

nine years pass...

this town full of men with big mouths and no guts

mookieproof, Thursday, 2 May 2019 21:58 (two years ago) link

I listened to this CD a lot. The Neneh Cherry track blew my mind... it was the first time I heard, like, “trip-hop.”

get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Friday, 3 May 2019 04:07 (two years ago) link

The short, beautiful, pygmy-kissed Graeme Revell opening theme flows so perfectly into Sax and Violins that they should always be heard together.

Hideous Lump, Friday, 3 May 2019 05:03 (two years ago) link

Bought the soundtrack over a decade ago, great song selection. Made me get Neneh Cherry's "Homebrew" because of it. Sad to see the R.E.M. and Can songs get so little love, but the Top 5 is solid, love "The Adversary".

Justin Rugnetta, Friday, 3 May 2019 09:57 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

The soundtrack makes the 200+-minute restored cut unnecessary.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 6 June 2021 13:29 (two weeks ago) link

The short cut was both rushed and boring, the longer cut no longer feels rushed but is twice as boring.

Halfway there but for you, Sunday, 6 June 2021 15:43 (two weeks ago) link

There’s a good movie in there somewhere. I liked the family stuff quite a bit, the globetrotting stuff not so much, go figure.

AP Chemirocha (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 June 2021 15:55 (two weeks ago) link

The director's cut is amazing, and I still wish he'd release the 20-hour version. One of the best movies ever made!

mark e. smith-moon (f. hazel), Sunday, 6 June 2021 15:58 (two weeks ago) link

Never saw any of the longer versions, have a feeling I might like

AP Chemirocha (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 June 2021 17:11 (two weeks ago) link

The longer one, which I just finished, has many good actors reciting lines without having a clue what they're saying or what they're supposed to be doing. It's pretty, though!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 6 June 2021 17:15 (two weeks ago) link

The second half of the film has aged a lot better than I thought it would in the early 2000s. It's funny how the film's depiction of the future bricks it by not having cellphones but still nails the addiction to tiny screens and the techies that are as enamored of their own inventions as they are indifferent to the effect it has on their families and friends.

mark e. smith-moon (f. hazel), Sunday, 6 June 2021 17:28 (two weeks ago) link

I'd like to see all those Wenders films again. I saw a bunch of them at Bears Place in Bloomington back in college. Wings of Desire was very beautiful. I don't remember this one much at all but it was in the summer when I saw it and 2 1/2 hours of AC was awesome.

earlnash, Sunday, 6 June 2021 21:51 (two weeks ago) link

I recognize mine is a minority opinion, but his sensibility and mine aren't simpatico. At heart he has a fascination with ponderous kitsch.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 6 June 2021 22:25 (two weeks ago) link

I saw this movie when it came out, at a coffeehouse in Royal Oak, MI. I remember it being kind of a slog (and the audience groaning when, two hours in, the narrator said something like — “Little did they know, the story was just beginning…”).

like a d4mn sociopath! (morrisp), Sunday, 6 June 2021 22:41 (two weeks ago) link

lol I think the majority opinion is that this movie isn't very good! I love it though, always have

mark e. smith-moon (f. hazel), Monday, 7 June 2021 04:47 (two weeks ago) link

xp same. Definitely the breaking point in WW's career. Odd how it all unraveled from then on (apart from the unexpected joy of Lisbon Story).

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 7 June 2021 07:55 (two weeks ago) link

The Wenders films I like best are the ones with the least kitsch - The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick and Wrong Move.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 7 June 2021 14:15 (two weeks ago) link


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