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Some Kind of Wonderful Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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1. Do Anything - Pete Shelley
2. Brilliant Mind - Furniture
3. Cry Like This - Blue Room
4. I Go Crazy / Flesh For Lulu
5. She Loves Me - Stephen Duffy
6. The Hardest Walk - Jesus And Mary Chain
7. The Shyest Time - Apartments
8. Miss Amanda Jones - March Violets
9. Can't Help Falling In Love - Lick The Tins
10. Turn To The Sky - March Violets

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While most '80s soundtracks offer collections of radio-friendly hits from haircut bands, the Some Kind of Wonderful soundtrack features quirky non-hits from bands like the Jesus & Mary Chain, Flesh for Lulu, and the Apartments. This delightfully non-mainstream soundtrack features Stephen Duffy's "Lonesome," the March Violets' unforgettable cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones," and Pete Shelley's "Do Anything." The highlight of the CD is unquestionably Lick the Tins' gravel-voiced, tin-whistle-driven cover of "Can't Help Falling in Love." Just listening to this CD can throw you into a John Hughes nostalgia tailspin that you may not want to come out of. --L.A. Smith

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff Dec 31 1999
Format:Audio CD
While the soundtrack is probably good enough to stand on its own, it's so much better if you've seen the movie. It's a great sampling of the music of 1987, as well as a deft illustration of the film itself. Tracks 2,4,8,9 and 10 are my favorites, probably because they were the most prominently featured in the film, and I can "see" the movie when I hear the music. The only thing I would change about this album would be to include MORE music. There is still a lot missing, such as the OTHER version of "Miss Amanda Jones" (played as Keith, Watts, and Amanda get ready for the date), as well as the musical score (i.e. the strong opening number to the film, the soft keyboard lullaby during the more tender moments, and the final ballad playing as Keith catches up with Watts). By the way, if anyone reading this happens to know where I can get this music, PLEASE let me know. But back to THIS album: a thoroughly enjoyable soundtrack, and a great companion to a great film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Your Tape Deck... Nov. 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
The only thing that disappointed me about this soundtrack is the inclusion of the March Violets cover of the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones", both of which are featured in the movie, but the original is not to be found here (check out the Stones' "Between The Buttons"). That is a shame, because it would have fit in perfectly with the rest of the tunes.
The JAMC's original version of "The Hardest Walk" is more abrasive than this one, but even a re-produced version is better than nothing. Stephen Duffy's "She Loves Me" is as essential as the Danny Hutton Hitters "Wouldn't It Be Good" was to the Pretty In Pink soundtrack.
But the absolute best track is "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Lick The Tins. To this day, I play it and I get asked by a bunch of people where it came from.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Kinds Of Wonderful July 11 2000
Format:Audio CD
Nowadays soundtracks are issued as strict money makers. Gather together a bunch of superstars, have them contribute material that's "inspired" by the movie and collect millions. Soundtracks are supposed to convey the feeling of and set the mood for a movie. Martin Scorcese & Quentin Tarrentino do it, but maybe no one better than John Hughes. He uses the songs included on this cd and the ones in the movie but not included here as the spirit of the film. They all have a hard edge to them with lyrics about obession, fear and vulnerability which is what the movie is all about. The artists are basically made up of unknowns with some typically strange 80's band names (Lick The Tins, Flesh For Lulu to name two) and there are no hits among them. Taken as a whole, the music, like the film, is: wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best soundtrack, ev-ah... Jan. 13 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I have loved this movie since I was, oh...14 years old and I just managed to buy it on video to replace the gritty recording I made off of a free HBO weekend a million years ago. The soundtrack, however, I have had forever. This TAPE (I guess I should probably spring for the CD, eh?) is just great music. There's not a bad song on it and it is a prized part of my "listen to it all the way through" collection. The songs are those rare "timeless" 80s tracks that are classic without being dated or overplayed (i.e., if I never hear "Tainted Love" again I will die a happy person). Treat yourself and buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful... June 24 2002
Format:Audio CD
Me and my best friend saw this movie several times before she got a hold of the soundtrack. I borrowed it, taped it and finally got my own copy cuz I just couldn't live without it. It's probably one of the best 80's soundtracks out there (along with "Vision Quest", "Pretty in Pink", "The Lost Boys"...) and I really recommend it! Top cuts: "Do Anything", "Brilliant Mind" (my favourite!), "Cry like this", "Turn to the sky", "The hardest walk" and "I go crazy". Watch out for "Can't help falling in love" though...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best soundtracks of the 80's March 29 2002
Format:Audio CD
What memories this album brings back. It's a classic and every song on it is excellent; moreover, there isn't a bad song on this soundtrack. My favorite song at the time was "I Go Crazy", but now they are all my favorite. I wore this tape out from listening to it so much over the years. This soundtrack gives Pretty in Pink a run for its money, and in some ways is a much better soundtrack. It's too bad that Some Kind of Wonderful (soundtrack) didn't do as well, because it definately deserved to.
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Format:Audio CD
I love this CD and I especially like I Can't Help Falling in Love with You (why do I always like cover versions better than Elvis' orignials?). None of these bands were big in the 80s and that's odd for a John Hughes film. I always thought that maybe he was hoping one of these bands would make it huge based on their inclusion in the movie soundtrack. Alas, it was not to be. All of the songs are upbeat and different. One of my favorite soundtracks; second only to She's Having a Baby.
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