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Reality Bites

Various Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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1. My Sharona - The Knack
2. Spin The Bottle - Juliana Hatfield Three
3. Bed Of Roses - The Indians
4. When You Come Back To Me - World Party
5. Going, Going, Gone - The Posies
6. Stay - Lisa Leob & Nine Stories
7. All I Want Is You - U2
8. Locked Out - Crowded House
9. Spinning Around Over - Lenny Kravitz
10. I'm Nuthin' - Ethan Hawke
11. Turnip Farm - Dinosaur Jr.
12. Revival - Me Phi Me
13. Tempted - Squeeze
14. Baby I Love Your Way - Big Mountain

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Various Artists ~ Reality Bites: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Format:Audio CD
I was just the right age to be enchanted by this movie when it came out. I was barely into high school and thought, "Oh, that's what life will be like after college!" ... I also felt that way about the music in the film: that even though I thought the concepts were somewhat simplistic and the lyrics mostly seemed forced, I would someday find it deep and relevant. Alas, as I reach the age of the characters in the film, I realize that this has not occurred.
The majority of the songs on this album, for me anyway, blend into the similar-sounding oevres of many early-90's bands. The lyrics are bland, the musicianship mediocre, and the sole redeeming value of the songs is their polemical approach to emotion; the world in these songs is full of either ice-cream-cone-sweet (and equally drippy) cliches of happiness and love, or vague, undefined rants against feeling much of anything at all except anger. There are, however, a few reasons why I still haven't sold this one for lunch money. The soundtrack does have a few gems, and especially taken alongside the other songs on the CD they really stand out. One is U2's sentimental yet poetic "All I Want Is You". I would recommend purchasing the far superior album on which this track appears, however, instead of sticking yourself with this soundtrack for the sake of that song alone. "Stay" is another very well-written track, though not as good a song as its endless radio play at the time suggested. If its past overplay doesn't give you nausea to this day when you hear the song, it is a simplistic yet evocative love song in the style of the songs of Jewel. Finally, the Juliana Hatfield song and the Ethan Hawke song are worth having for their humor factor; Hatfield's baby-doll voice cursing in her song is just too cute, and Hawke's folksy tune is a strange blend of Nirvana-esque lyrics and Phil Ochs-like guitar playing.
If you have't heard of the lesser-known bands on this CD, there's a reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "IF WE FALL, LOVE WILL CATCH US EVERYTIME." March 29 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is an awesome soundtrack; it breaks all the rules. Wait. You know what? REALITY BITES doesn't care about the rules so it didn't realize it was breaking them! LOVE IT!
Herein is Real Music with variety yet great composition; full of attitude and emotion, including a fabulous blend of songs--some with very meaningful lyrics (like the great "All I Want Is You" by U2) and some just plain fun lyrics (like "My Sharona" by The Knack.) In short this soundtrack has HEART.
BED OF ROSES
"Some people can't speak their minds freely. Some people walk the streets at night alone. It's so easy to make an empty heart your home.
Life it can lift you up; it can drag you down. Life don't have to be no bed of roses.
Some people just can't have it easy. Some people have to fall before they can fly. It's funny how we live in the same place on the same earth at the same time."
[In memory of Angela Renee Hudson. You are flying now my friend.]
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4.0 out of 5 stars musical accompaniment to culture vs. counterculture Sept. 21 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Reality Bites" was one of those memorable cinematic delights that examined the battle between culture and counterculture. Remember making that choice between good versus evil? Suburbs versus city. New VW Beetle versus the 1960s model. T.G.I. Fridays versus SoHo vegan cuisine. The Gap versus vintage clothing. Dave Matthews Band versus the Violent Femmes. Drew Carey versus Sarah Silverman. Jerry Bruckheimer versus Kevin Smith. Jay Leno versus Carson Daly. Julia Roberts versus Janeane Garofalo. Summer blockbusters versus indies. Even Amazon.com versus e-zines. No matter how you choose, this soundtrack will most likely please. It is a bit heavy on the mainstream side, but songs by Lisa Loeb and others help contribute to the iconoclast factor (a la Ethan Hawke's character). If anything, listening to these tracks will bring back memories from ten years ago, when life was still "so-over-you" complicated, but not as much as today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not having this "bites". Sept. 24 2003
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
Some people don't like the fact that this is so 1994. That's exactly why I like it. Of course with every movie soundtrack, it helps if you liked the movie too, which I did, I mean come on, Winona! But anyway. I can actually say that in some way i like every song here. You got the more well known bands like "The Knack", "U2", and "Lenny Kravitz", all with good songs. But I like the stuff from "Dinosaur Jr.", "Crowded House", and "Juliana Hatfield" just as much. Now that I think about it, I believe "Stay" was the big song off this. Even the "Ethan Hawke" song is decent. Basically this is just a great thing to put on whenever you're in your grunge/slacker mood.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting enough Aug. 14 2000
Format:Audio CD
Though every song on this cd doesn't satisfy my particular taste, there really is SOMETHING on there for everyone. One day, a couple of weeks ago I stuck this cd in with six people in my car. We couldn't skip ONE song, because someone would scream "Wait!!! Don't skip it, I LOVE this song!"
It's definetly not my favorite cd of my collection, but I do love to pop it in to hear some of the fun early 90's tunes I remember from what seemed like yesterday (ten YEARS ago!!! What?) I think it's definetly worth LISTENING to, but you'll have th decide for yourself if you're interested in purchasing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite soundtracks! Oct. 25 2000
Format:Audio CD
Although I don't review music that much, I had to talk about the Reality Bites soundtrack. I bought this CD when the movie came out and am still listening to it. What's great about the CD as a soundtrack is that there are songs that fit the five main characters, a reason so many of us have noticed the wide variety of tracks. I absolutely love this CD, and it's great to listen to when you'd rather be anywhere than work!
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4.0 out of 5 stars opening credits song?
what is the song in the opening credits of the play, during the after graduation rooftop pot celebrations? please post here or email song title at s_jaffri@hotmail.com
Published on May 18 2004 by sj
2.0 out of 5 stars a bit dated
This CD tries too hard, as did the movie. (Slang in a title will do that.) There are perhaps 5 songs of the 14 that are all right. It's from 1994 and it just screams "1994". Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2002 by momazon
4.0 out of 5 stars When you come back to me
Varied songs, so everyone has a taste of somethin they'd like . A classic. Soundtracks don't get much better than this.
Published on July 24 2001 by liana kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sountrack....
Nice songs that fit the theme of the movie, but varied enough to satisfy most people's tastes - what could be better?
Published on May 25 2001 by Adi Adler
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, good soundtrack
This is one of my favorite soundtracks. It has definitive something for everybody, a good mixture. My favourite songs on this CD are "My Sharona", "Stay",... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2000 by Muenger Janine
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the best
I love the movie and Ethan Hawke. After watching it, it makes the songs a lot more meaningfull. If you have seen the movie and liked it I suggest buying the soundtrack it rocks! Read more
Published on July 24 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD ever!!!!!
I had the soundtrack long before I saw the movie. I thought if the song are so good, the movie must be great. The song collection far out lives the movie. Read more
Published on July 16 1999
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