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movies knownmore for their soundtrack than anything else


in this thread, https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=876098 about the movie empire records many people have never seen the movie (which was pretty bad) but know the soundtrack from being on the radio


Another movie judgment night with Emilio Estevez where " suburban kids get lost and killed in the big evil hood" movie is remembered mainly of the soundtrack which mixed punk hard rock and metal with rap music in one of the first examples of "hardcore"


any other examples out there?
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"Grease" and "Saturday Night Fever" were soundtrack albums that shined along WITH their movies (to some people, anyway; I finally watched SNF a few years ago, and shut it off after a few minutes because I couldn't stand the characters.)
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The Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell is a classical mainstay, with many recordings and concert performances over the years.

The movie it comes from, Dangerous Moonlight, is barely known and is only mentioned when people talk about the Concerto.
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Purple Rain, perhaps?
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The movie was forgettable, but the soundtrack was full of classic rock jams by Foreigner, Queen, Bob Seger, Joe Walsh, and others.

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I'd say Singles qualifies. I'm less sure of Cameron Crowe's indie-rock equivalent (at least as far as the soundtrack goes), Vanilla Sky.

City of Angels and Boomerang both had one monster hit ("Iris" and "End of the Road") and another genre-popular song ("Uninvited" and "I'd Die Without You"). The movies were successful, but not my cup of tea, so I'm not sure if they qualify.
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I'll add "Chariots of Fire" and "St. Elmo's Fire". Both with memorable themes, but I haven't seen the latter and don't remember the former.
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I don't know if it's cheating to take the example of a film done by a music group, but I think the soundtrack to the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" had a lot more impact than the film, which of course is mostly a matter of exposure. Who the fuck has seen "Magical Mystery Tour" anyway?
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^ I've seen it and you're 100% correct. Atrocious.

In a similar vein, "Let it Be"?
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Old 05-25-2019, 08:49 PM
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I thought of two others: Pink Floyd's soundtrack albums "More" (for the movie with the same name) and "Obscured By Clouds" for "La Valleé". Every Pink Floyd fan has those albums, but who has seen one of those movies? (I have seen "More". Don't do it, it was one of the most boring films I've ever seen. Listen to the album, it's real good.)
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^ I've seen it and you're 100% correct. Atrocious.
I have too, and it's really not worth the music.

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In a similar vein, "Let it Be"?
Sadly, that film has been hidden from the general public for ages so I cannot judge, but I'd love to see it rerelased to make up my mind.
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^ From, "The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash":

"In the midst of all this public bickering, "Let it Rot" was released as a film, an album, and a lawsuit. In 1970, Dirk sued Stig, Nasty, and Barry; Barry sued Dirk, Nasty, and Stig; Nasty sued Barry, Dirk, and Stig; and Stig sued himself accidentally. It was the beginning of a golden era for lawyers, but for the Rutles, live on a London rooftop, it was the beginning of the end."

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1980's Xanadu barely broke even in the theaters while the soundtrack album went double-platinum and spawned radio hits for Olivia Newton-John and ELO.
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I was going to say Requiem For A Dream and Last Of The Mohicans, but maybe that's not strictly fair. The latter is a popular enough movie in its own right.

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I don't know if it's cheating to take the example of a film done by a music group, but I think the soundtrack to the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" had a lot more impact than the film, which of course is mostly a matter of exposure. Who the fuck has seen "Magical Mystery Tour" anyway?
I've seen it. It's a mess, but at least you can see the Bonzo Dog Band perform.

It was never popular, but I'd guess the sound track for 200 Motels is better known than the movie.
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Guardians of the Galaxy. It had its charm, but the soundtrack was the most groundbreaking thing about it.

I don't think I've ever watched Mo' Better Blues more than once, but I've listened to the soundtrack dozens of times.

As slight as the soundtrack was for The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, it was actually a lot better than the movie.
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Old 05-25-2019, 09:59 PM
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Requiem For A Dream
That's more about the score, not the soundtrack, isn't it?

Searching now, I see that what I think of as the score is on youtube as a 6-minute song. (So good!) If that's on the soundtrack, I think I stand corrected.
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Flashdance was a mediocre movie with a great soundtrack.
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I'm honestly surprised no one's mentioned Car Wash yet. If not its overall soundtrack, definitely for its the theme song. I think a lot of people, at least in my age group who were born after the movie came out, know the song but don't know about the movie or that the song was the theme song from a movie.
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Sweet Dreams, the 1985 film allegedly about Patsy Cline. The soundtrack made far more impact than the movie.
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The ultimate example: Zappa's Uncle Meat was written as a soundtrack for a movie he was making, but was never completed, though a version was released on home video.
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"Unchained."

Who hasn't heard "Unchained Melody"? Who has actually watched "Unchained"?
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Although a popular movie, the singles off of the soundtrack for "Dirty Dancing" were played in heavy rotation on the radio and VH1 for long period of time.
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That's more about the score, not the soundtrack, isn't it?
If that's what the OP meant, then fair enough. But I think most people don't make the distinction, and even if they did it should still count.
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The Harder they Come is considered a primer for Reggae.
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The Bodyguard
Hugely popular award winning Whitney Houston album.
Mediocre movie.
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I'll add "Chariots of Fire" and "St. Elmo's Fire". Both with memorable themes, but I haven't seen the latter and don't remember the former.
Chariots of Fire was nominated for seven Oscars and won four, including Best Picture, so it's a bit more than just a good soundtrack.
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Vision Quest, on the strength of Madonna's Crazy for You, among other tracks.

Less Than Zero. Most notable cuts were the Bangles cover of A Hazy Shade of Winter along with LL Cool J's Goin' Back to Cali.

I couldn't make it through a full viewing of Vision Quest, and Less Than Zero, I wish I hadn't.
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The Brazilian film Orfeu Negro ("Black Orpheus") is just okay otherwise, but the soundtrack is brilliant. It introduced the then-new bossa nova sound to an audience of millions worldwide.
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Vision Quest, on the strength of Madonna's Crazy for You, among other tracks.

Less Than Zero. Most notable cuts were the Bangles cover of A Hazy Shade of Winter along with LL Cool J's Goin' Back to Cali.

I couldn't make it through a full viewing of Vision Quest, and Less Than Zero, I wish I hadn't.
I've only seen less than zero once because i read the book.....was i ever disappointed ......
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Westerns are so out of vogue nowadays, I wonder how many people would at least recognize soundtracks like The Magnificent Seven, The High Country, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly even though they probably have never seen and couldn't name the movie.

The same thing goes for war movies like The Great Escape, which had one of the greatest soundtracks ever.
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I'd say Singles qualifies.
Absolutely. For people my age - I turned 18 in 1992 - Singles is a soundtrack album first, a film second.
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How about Star Wars? Imperial March, anyone?
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The Last Waltz deserves mention.
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I think The Big Chill qualifies. A lot of 30-somethings identified with the movie, but much of that was because of the 60s soundtrack. Take away the soundtrack, and it's not really much of a movie...unless you enjoy seeing Kevin Costner receiving the attentions of a funeral home technician.
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I'd say Singles qualifies.
After two decades of vinyl and cassettes, this was the first CD I ever bought.
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Garden State. A decent enough early 2000s indie film. But mostly it's known for its early 2000s indie soundtrack.
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Purple Rain, perhaps?
This was my immediate thought. I think it's the only soundtrack album I own where I've never actually seen the film. No particular resistance to doing so - the opportunity has just never really arisen (and at this point may well never).
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I think The Big Chill qualifies. A lot of 30-somethings identified with the movie, but much of that was because of the 60s soundtrack. Take away the soundtrack, and it's not really much of a movie...unless you enjoy seeing Kevin Costner receiving the attentions of a funeral home technician.
The Big Chill was a quite popular movie in and of itself. It made $56M on an $8M budget. And that wasn't all due to the soundtrack. It also got some decent award recognition.

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For a while, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 was known as "the theme song from Elvira Madigan".
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I love the soundtrack from Requiem for a Dream, but I know the movie itself is also quite powerful. That one song though ... I keep hearing it in other movies, like I think LOTR used it.
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Pump Up the Volume was a forgettable movie but a very good soundtrack.
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Almost all of Mark Knopfler's soundtracks. I love Local Hero, but have only seen it a couple of times. The soundtrack? Listened to it a couple hundred. But some of the films are pretty obscure:

Local Hero (1983)
Cal (1984)
Comfort and Joy (1984)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Wag the Dog (1998)
Metroland (1999)
A Shot at Glory (2002)
Altamira (2016)
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Almost all of Mark Knopfler's soundtracks. I love Local Hero, but have only seen it a couple of times. The soundtrack? Listened to it a couple hundred. But some of the films are pretty obscure:

Local Hero (1983)
Cal (1984)
Comfort and Joy (1984)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Wag the Dog (1998)
Metroland (1999)
A Shot at Glory (2002)
Altamira (2016)
Bolding mine.

You're kidding about The Princess Bride, right? That has to be one of my favorite films of all-time.
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Folks, I give you The Lemon Drop Kid. Raise your hand high if you've watched it. Uh uh. Thought so.

Ever heard of a Christmas song called "Silver Bells" though?
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I loves me some concert films! Stop Making Sense - Talking Heads

Under a Cherry Moon was basically a movie of the Prince album Parade

A fairly mainstream movie with Leo DiCaprio and Clair Danes, Romeo + Juliet did okay and seemed pretty well received, but that soundtrack blew me away! YMMV, of course
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