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Rushmore [Soundtrack]

Mark Mothersbaugh Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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1. Hardest Geometry Problem in the World - Mark Mothersbaugh
2. Making Time - Creation
3. Concrete & Clay - Unit 4 + 2
4. Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worrin' Bout That Girl - The Kinks
5. Sharp Little Guy - Mark Mothersbaugh
6. The Lad With the Silver Button - Mark Mothersbaugh
7. A Summer Song - Chad & Jeremy
8. Edward Appleby (In Memoriam) - Mark Mothersbaugh
9. Here Comes My Baby - Cat Stevens
10. A Quick One While He's Away - The Who
11. 'Snowflake Music' From Bottlerocket - Mark Mothersbaugh
12. Piranhas are a Very Tricky Species - Mark Mothersbaugh
13. Blinuet - Zoot Sims
14. Friends Like You, Who Needs Friends - Mark Mothersbaugh
15. Rue St. Vincent - Yves Montand
16. Kite Flying Society - Mark Mothersbaugh
17. The Wind - Cat Stevens
18. Oh Yoko - John Lennon
19. Ooh La La - The Faces
20. Margaret Yang's Theme - Mark Mothersbaugh

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The Rushmore soundtrack manages to pleasantly skirt the line between sentiment and sentimentality with a nuanced, eminently listenable combo of score and song. The songs mostly blend raw, adolescent urges and insecurity with an awkward grace. Though composed primarily of popular music from the 1960s, none of the selections is a hit of the expected Big Chill variety. In fact, compiler Randall Poster proves himself a '60s pop connoisseur, including little-known gems such as Cat Stevens's buoyant, hummable "Here Comes My Baby" (covered by Yo La Tengo on Fakebook) and the Who 's revved-up, intentionally silly proto-opera "A Quick One While He's Away." The bossa nova folk-pop of Unit 4+2's "Concrete & Clay" is lovingly contrasted by the Creation's blistering, feedback-enhanced hit-that-never-was "Making Time." Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh's incidental music is nothing short of delightful, but the Rugrats composer clearly comes by whimsy easily. The intriguing thing about Mothersbaugh's score--seven snippets from which are sprinkled throughout the disc--is that it complements the archival tunes while combining Beethoven-lite flourishes and jazzy instrumentation with percolating mod keyboards. Like the film itself, this soundtrack is an inspired, left-field effort, and it's difficult to plot out its many charms. --Mike McGonigal


For anyone who left the theater singing along to the Faces' "Ooh La La," it's an essential soundtrack. -- Entertainment Weekly

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what a soundtrack should be Feb. 18 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the height of the soundtrack. Higher even than Quentin Tarantino's soundtracks, which is saying a lot.
I own in, and I have transfered the whole thing (even serched out "I am Waiting" by the stones) to mp3 so I could listen to it while on my computer. I take the CD with me to school so I can listen to it while my students are working (one a very few disks I will play at school).
Every song is a dead on match. I even think it would have been a match if every song was by the Kinks as originally intended. Simply, the music makes the film all the more of an impact upon the senses.
What needs to be emphasized is the emotional tie between the characters and the music which is created by Mark Mothersbaugh in the isntrumental sections of the CD. Listening to the songs I am taken to the exact moments in the film. A rarity in movies today when you look in other places than those movies that drown you in an attempt to market the latest aerosmith song (see armageddon etc etc)
I love this music and I love the film. They go together perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars never a dull moment April 15 2001
Format:Audio CD
After I saw Rushmore, I needed this CD, and it was no disappointment. Mark Mothersbaugh lends a very whimsical tone to the movie which is very befitting. Wes Anderson originally wanted a soundtrack only of obscure early Kinks stuff, but actually ended up making a delightful mixture of some memorable and some rare 1960's British pop and folk songs. The guitar driven chords of Creation's "Making Time," opens up this very textual album. The only Kinks song included is "Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worrin' Bout That Girl." Like that song, "Here Comes My Baby," a song by Cat Stevens highlights the theme of betrayal, which is apparent in the film. A personal favorite is the mini-opera, "A Quick One While He's Away," from the Who's "Live at Leeds." This is a wonderful and powerful recording from my favorite rock group. Also included are Zoot Sims's jazz piece "Blinuet" and "Rue St. Vincent," by Yves Montand. They are seemingly contrasting pieces but are also textual. This is a recommended soundtrack from a recommended movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars music for revolutionaries Oct. 11 2000
Format:Audio CD
'rushmore' the movie could be a worthless piece of rubbish and 'rushmore' the soundtrack would still thrive on its own merits. but the fact that 'r' the movie is such a brilliant piece of filmmaking only assists in heightening the spirit of 'r' the soundtrack. listening to it arouses the giddy feelings from the the first, second and god knows how many viewings of the film. director/writer wes anderson employs the power of a well-structured soundtrack in this film like few others can do.
but let's talk about the music. i've got a cursory knowledge of the mod scene in the british invasion, but the wealth of it on this album is making me investigate some of the music i've taken for granted. (listening to classic rock radio for years makes you think that all the kinks ever recorded was 'lola'. uh uh.) amazing jams such as the who's "a quick one while he's away" and creation's "making time" sit side by side with great harmonic ballads like the faces' "ooh la la" and two cat stevens tunes ("here comes my baby" and "the wind").
on top of that, there's the kinks, john lennon, unit 4 + 2, chad & jeremy and french musician yves montand. interspliced between all these songs are the delicate guitar harmonies of mark mothersbaugh, a mainstay in anderson's films (both of them).
anderson originally wanted to use only music from the kinks. his decision to invite many of their british contemporaries along for the ride enhances the range of emotions in this great film and makes for a disc that will be out of its jewel box more often than not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars British Invasion you will NOT hear on the radio Feb. 19 2000
Format:Audio CD
I liked Rushmore (the movie) a whole lot when I saw it opening day. I remember the theater was pretty packed, and my friend and I were the only ones who cackled consistently throughout. The "humor" was pretty offbeat, I suppose. No stereotypical Bill Murray "Can I just say something? I love this guy right here" breaks in the movie. Just some dark, dark, awkward humor.
That said, I bought the soundtrack a week after I saw the movie, and a bought the video several months later when it hit the stores. Now I wouldn't say I'm SICK of the movie; but I definitely don't enjoy watching it over and over. This soundtrack? Oh yeah.
I didn't grow up in the 60's, so my exposure to the British Invasion was pretty nostalgic in nature. Sooooo.... I've never had the privilege of hearing The Kinks' somber "Nothing in This World...", The Who's just-long-enough mini-rock opera "A Quick One...", or any of the other more obscure (yet more wonderful) songs by Cat Stevens, Creation, Unit 4+2, The Faces, and so on. Oh, and Chad and Jeremy? I used to HATE "A Summer Song." Too cheesy. But the way it's pasted on this soundtrack? Ooooh! Great stuff.
Mark Mothersbaugh's score is perfect narrative music too. See the move, then get the soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best soundtracks ever Nov. 15 2001
Format:Audio CD
A good soundtrack should be one that is integral to the movie but still good enough to stand alone as its own product. 'Rushmore' is a proof that soundtracks can still follow this formula. Although half of the songs are classics that have seen better days, it is hard to disassociate these tunes from the film after watching it. None more true than 'Oh La La.' played at the very end of the movie, summarizing the entire movie experience.
The soundtrack is also capable taking a life own its own. The songs are very easy on the ears. The consistency and flow of the songs is first class, sadly not a common denomination wiht soundtracks anymore. One song segues to the next seamlessly. The insertion of soundbites from the film doesn't break the consistency, in contrary, it makes the whole soundtrack more cohesive. 'Rue St. Vincent' throws in a layer of quirkiness that is present throughout the movie.
Overall, an excellent soundtrack from a wonderful movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lets go for a picnic...
this cd is an amazingly sincere combination of tunes that stay true to the film and this incredible arrangement that makes anyone who listens to it trip in the very best sense of... Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by anna
5.0 out of 5 stars the finest collection of pop songs ever
the finest collection of pop songs ever
Published on June 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The best soundtrack ever, man!
As far as I am concerned, this is the best soundtrack ever recorded! I am usually not too big a fan of music from the 70's (since I was born in the late 80's) , but this soundtrack... Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by T. Picklesimer
4.0 out of 5 stars "I Am Waiting"
1-"I Am Waiting"
Written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
(From the 1965 album "Aftermath")
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Published on Jan. 26 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stones song
Does anyone know the name of the Rolling Stones' song that was played at the end?
Published on Dec 19 2003 by R Carlin
5.0 out of 5 stars A mix that recalls a feeling
This soundtrack brings a happy mood whenever I hear it. All the tracks are good, even Mark Mothersbaugh's instrumentals. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2003 by Computational Chemistry
5.0 out of 5 stars Mothersbaugh at his best
Mark Mothersbaugh's music couln't fit better into this classic movie. His music is greatly responsible for making Rushmore such a fantastic film. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2003 by Garrett Farnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Rushmore
If this soundtrack has Here Comes My Baby, The Wind, And Oh! Yoko this has to be one of the best soundtracks made.
Published on April 11 2003 by Tammy McKelvie
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting, eclectic collection of songs
The producers of 'Rushmore' decided on songs from the 60's to accompany a contemporary film, mainly because the brilliant film of 'Rushmore' doesn't belong to any time period. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2002 by D. Movahedpour
5.0 out of 5 stars Best soundtrack ever
This is the only soundtrack to a movie I own and it is amazing. I heard it before I saw the movie, but after viewing, it's that much better. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2002
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