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The Wedding Singer Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 3 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Maverick
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002NJJ
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Video Killed The Radio Star - The Presidents Of The United States Of America
2. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
3. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
4. How Soon Is Now - The Smiths
5. Love My Way - Psychedelic Furs
6. Hold Me Now - The Thompson Twins
7. Everyday I Write The Book - Elvis Costello
8. White Wedding - Billy Idol
9. China Girl - David Bowie
10. Blue Monday - New Order
11. Pass The Dutchie - Musical Youth
12. Have You Written Anything Lately (Dialog) - Original Cast
13. Somebody Kill Me - Adam Sandler
14. Rapper's Delight (Medley) - Ellen Dow Plus Sugarhill Gang

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This soundtrack provided the perfect new-wave accompaniment to a romantic comedy set in 1985. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic The Police; How Soon Is Now? The Smiths; Love My Way Psychedelic Furs; Hold Me Now Thompson Twins; China Girl David Bowie; Blue Monday New Order, and more.


Sounding like a flashback of the first few years of MTV, the soundtrack of The Wedding Singer starts as an intended goof and ends up quite listenable, thanks. While a couple of these songs had already fallen off the cultural radar by 1985, when the movie's action takes place, what's most impressive is the staying power most of them hold. If anything, the Psychedelic Furs' "Love My Way" sounds even better than it did then, and of course "How Soon Is Now" and "Blue Monday" are classics that have transcended their era: Just ask Adam Sandler. Or Steven Morrissey. --Rickey Wright

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Format: Audio CD
In early 1998, the Adam Sandler comedy film The Wedding Singer was released. Though Sandler's antics were as comical as ever, they weren't the true attraction of the film - the music used in the film was. In fact, so many excellent eighties tunes were used in the film, they had to release two soundtracks for the movie! This is the first of the two soundtracks, released to accompany the arrival of movies in theaters. Read on for my review.
-Video Killed the Radio Star by The Presidents of the United States of America:
-A popular alternative rock band from the latter half of the nineties covers the Buggles classic. Surprisingly, the fusion of eighties and then-modern rock works out pretty well.
-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me by Culture Club
-Probably Culture Club's biggest hit. I was never a very big fan of this band, but I do enjoy this song, and feel it is worthy of its popularity.
-Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by The Police
-The Police were one of the first wildly successful new wave rock bands, and this track does a good job of demonstrating that.
-How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths
-Before I bought this soundtrack, I had never heard anything by this artist, but I was impressed by this track nonetheless.
-Love My Way by The Psychedelic Furs
-The Psychedelic Furs were one of the greatest alternative new wave rock bands of the eighties, and of all their popular songs, this one is by far the best. Arguably my favorite song here.
-Hold Me Now by The Thompson Twins
-Another fairly popular new wave band, with a fairly popular song. This one's a bit too mellow for my taste, but it's still pretty good.
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Format: Audio CD
Since the 1998 movie THE WEDDING SINGER was set in 1985, it was expected that the soundtrack would be a collection of new wave hits. And, by little surprise, that's very much what this soundtrack is. First off, it must be mentioned that like the movie, the collection is technically a little inaccurate- 1985 was around the time New Wave died, but the whole project sounds like it's representing the golden years of 1982 and 1983. Yet that kind of complaint would be irrelevant if the soundtrack provided a good set of songs.
When things start out, however, they don't quite go that way. The set opens with the Presidents of the United States of America updating the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," which actually sounds very good, but still feels more tied to grunge than new wave. But thankfully, as the album continues on, it evolves into an enjoyable New Wave set, as the next ten tracks are all New Wave classics performed by the original artists, like Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"; the Thompson Twins' "Hold Me Now"; the Smiths' "Love My Way"; Elvis Costello's "Everyday I Write the Book"; Musical Youth's "Pass the Dutchie"... all of these particular tracks are first-rate, and since they form the majority of the album, they easily make the soundtrack an enjoyable listen. And the Adam Sandler skits "Have You Written Anything Lately?" and "Somebody Kill Me" are actually both very good, while Ellen Dow as the movie's granny is hilarious in the opening segment of "Rapper's Delight." But even if you don't like those three particular tracks, this soundtrack is still a nice collection regardless of whether you are a fan of the movie- simply because of the classics that make up the bulk of the set. So, THE WEDDING SINGER soundtrack is essentially a record that any admirer of New Wave should take a look at.
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The Wedding Singer, besides being a wonderful movie, assembled a soundtrack crammed full of the best, most wide-ranging pop songs from the 1980s. This CD as well as the second soundtrack volume are must-haves for 80s aficionados. Among the most commonly known classics on this CD are "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" from The Police, "Hold Me Now" by The Thompson Twins, "White Wedding" by Billie Idol, and "China Girl" from the one and only David Bowie. Even the Culture Club track "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" is enjoyable amidst the other songs on the album. "Pass the Dutchie" is a somewhat forgotten, uniquely-80s hit. I was most pleased to see several tracks from more alternative bands of the 80s, such as "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Presidents of the United States of America, "Love My Way" by the Psychedelic Furs, "Blue Monday" by New Order (perhaps the ultimate dance song of the decade), and--one of my favorite songs of all time--"How Soon Is Now?" by The Smiths. Such variety means that listeners may not like every single song on the CD, but anyone who grew up in the 80s will discover long-forgotten memories associated with every single one of these songs, and the younger generation will get a good overview of the wide-ranging popular music of my generation. Adam Sandler's "Somebody Kill Me" song is, of course, not an 80s tune, but it really had to be included on the movie soundtrack. Rap fans will be disappointed, as the only rap song found here is "Rapper's Delight" featuring the elderly Ellen Dow from the movie along with Sugarhill Gang, but all in all this CD and its companion volume from The Wedding Singer soundtrack comprise the most representative collection of the unforgettable music of the late, great 1980s.
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