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The X-Files (Enhanced CD)

Mark Snow Audio CD
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1. X-Files Theme - Mark Snow
2. Unmarked Helicopters - Soul Coughing
3. On The Outside - Sheryl Crow
4. Down In The Park - Foo Fighters
5. Star Me Kitten - William S. Burroughs & REM
6. Red Right Hand - Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
7. Thanks Bro - Filter
8. Man Of Steel - Frank Black
9. Unexplained - Meat Puppets
10. Deep - Danzig
11. Frenzy - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
12. My Dark Life - Elvis Costello With Brian Eno
13. Hands Of Death (Burn Baby Burn) - Rob Zombie And Alice Cooper
14. If You Never Say Goodbye - P.M. Dawn
15. X-Files Theme (P.M. Dawn Remix) - P.M. Dawn

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X-Files ~ Songs In The Key Of X: Music Fr


An influential TV series of the '90s has generated a dark, eerie, and vaguely campy set of "inspired-by" songs from a diverse group of musical fans. Pride of place here goes to three tracks: the Foo Fighters' delicious cover of Gary Numan's "Down In The Park," a filthy remake of R.E.M.'s "Star Me Kitten" by literary lion William Burroughs, and a titanic, cross-generational collision between Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper on "Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)." Sheryl Crow's "On The Outside" is a toss-off in this company, while Mark Snow's famous X-Files theme loses its creepy edge in both extended and P.M. Dawn-remixed incarnations. --Jeff Bateman

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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic collection of rare, dark masterpieces! Sept. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic songs here collected beside fantastic artists, each one a bold and artistic masterpiece. Artists include R.E.M., Nick Cave, Sheryl Crow and a William S. Burroughs' take on "Star Me Kitten" that you will not soon forget. For sure an adult album, appreciated only by the outsider or paranormal-infatuated abductee-wannabe, or artist with the respect for briliance. The music is hard to classify, as it usually borders between rock and alterative, sometimes to the acoustic-style soft rock-meets-techno hybred. The music is so well-recorded and performed that it is often hard to imagine that it is nearly ten years old. I think that age will only add to the deeply hard core occult factor of this music, which can truly be discribed as the genuine article.
Okey, so I'm rambeling. It's incredible music! (Not the kind you listen to once and throw away!) My favs here would include "Man of Steel" by Frank Black, "My Dark Life" by Elvis Costello and "If you never say goodbye" by P.M. Dawn, but I love each and every one of these songs intimately. In short, Songs In the Key of X is an occult gem. So turn down the lights, put all chores aside, lay back, crank up the volume and let your imagination be guided along a seamy world of dark paranormal suspicion, lonely fear and optimistic intrigue. My god, the more I think about it the better I really realize that it is! (Rambeling again!)
So enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars X-File fan or not, this is a great CD April 7 2003
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Songs in the Key of X cannot really be called a soundtrack; it consists not of songs necessarily from The X-Files but songs inspired by and worthy of inclusion in the show. It’s quite an eclectic mix, featuring many dark songs that sparkle with the horrid electricity one associates with The X-Files. The premiere track has to be Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. This song is itself part of the lore and mythology of the show; any X-Files fanatic can tell you the story of how Chris Carter heard this song driving home from work one night and fell in love with it. Besides highlighting the road trip of abductee Duane Barry in Season Two, the song has also been featured prominently in the Scream movies, so this one will be familiar to many. Clearly, most of these songs are in the same dark, forceful vein - e.g., Danzig’s Deep, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ Frenzy, and Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn) from the powerhouse duo of Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper. Soul Coughing’s contribution Unmarked Helicopters may best fit the milieu of The X-Files and is an excellent song to boot. The Foo Fighters, a band that has never really captured my attention, makes a nice addition with Down in the Park. Frank Black’s Man of Steel was a pleasant surprise to me, having only heard a much different kind of performance from him on Gordon Gano’s Hitting the Ground.
The great variety of songs here means two things: there is something for everyone here, but every individual will also undoubtedly have a few tracks he/she doesn’t particularly care for. Sheryl Crow’s On the Outside is a perfectly good song, but it doesn’t seem to fit here in my opinion. Elvis Costello’s My Dark Life has potential but never succeeds in grabbing my attention.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great spooky album for a great Spooky show Oct. 25 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of the best acheivments on this ablum is that it captures the atmosphere of the show perfectly, its Dark, Fun, Weird and Smart. You start off with the x-files theme (extended) personally it would have been a hell of a lot more exciting if it was the terresial dance mix. All this is made up with the P.M. Dawn mix at the end though so no real damage. any person buying this will expect a lot of Dark grunge, metal songs on this album and they're right-- there's some good stuff here like the foo fighters' cover of Gary Numans 'Down in the Park', Danzig's 'Deep' with an effective use of a HArdcore HipHop Beat. Nick Cave's classic, which every x-phile will know, 'Red Right Hand' is on board here, also there are great ballads by Frank Black and Sheryl Crow. Some bizarre encounters listening to Willaim S Burroughs croak through Star Me Kitten, it is quite funny. My alltime fav on this album is 'If You Never Say Goodbye' using P.M. Dawn front man Prince Be to deliver spaced out lyrics in top form, painting a mental picture of apocalyptic mayhem with the chorus being the underlining of hope- a message to Scully or Mulder. Its a cool idea and its written along with Chris Carter himself and producer David Was. It takes the form of their usual phychadelic Rock and Cameron is amazing on guitar.
If You are a fan of X-files You should have no problem finding your own favorite tracks.
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I love this album because it is so very artistic and musically moody, where shades of paranoia, loneliness, misunderstood expression, dark prophecies, and sadness rage throughout. It was this album that got me into alternative music in the first place, and now I am a fan of most of the artists. After Mark Snow wonderfully covers the show's trademark creepy anthem, beat poetry band Soul Coughing starts talking of complex conspiracy while the mixture of off-beat music takes a hold of you. ("Unmarked Helicopters" is an in-reference to the 'Duane Barry' show, in which they are the U.F.O.s that abduct people.) Sheryl Crow gives a sense of loneliness and depression with "On The Outside", which can also relate to anyone who has ever been looked down upon or been referred to as an outcast. Foo Fighters cover "Down In The Park", a great rock song about dark men & alien world domination. William Burroughs recorded a shoddy remake of R.E.M.'s "Star Me Kitten" about a year before he died, and is a great place to get into the spoken-word absurdities that make his writing great. The always gothic Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds continue their walk of solemn decay portraits with the eerie lyrics and sound of "Red Right Hand". It is about Satan. Filter take a leave of absence from their hardcore sound with the largely acoustical "Thanks Bro", a great mellow song for the album. If you like their new hit "Take A Picture", you will like this one. Aw, now to Frank Black, one of my favorite artists. His words aren't as profound and mind-bending as usual here, but "Man Of Steel" is still one of his best because of its "lonely, on the road, looking for life in space" mood. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars It just doesn't fit.
I'm an enormous fan of the "late" X-Files. I purchased this CD some years ago hoping it would evoke the same eerie mood of the show. It just doesn't. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2002 by Neil Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise
Although an avid fan of "The X-Files," I was still questioned what the quality of this particular cd may be, right up to the day I got it. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2001 by Marcus Helms
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Secret Songs!
This really is a great CD but it is VERY important to note one thing that is over-looked by 99.9% of the people who buy this CD: There are two hidden tracks before the first track. Read more
Published on May 1 2001 by Diane Michener
5.0 out of 5 stars Neat trick!!!
This is really neat. If you look at the liner notes it says " Nick Cave and the Dirty Three would like to remind you that "0" is also a number" When the CD... Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2000 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good songs but what is the "0" track?
I enjoyed every minute of this CD. The songs were strange, creepy, and confusing ("Star Me Kitten" which isn't as bad as everyone says:It's supposed to be dumb... Read more
Published on Dec 25 1999 by "cornelius_ape"
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Cave rules!
The highpoint of this album is definitely Nick Cave's Red Right Hand, with it's booming bass guitar and eerie organs. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant CD!! Great music which takes a back seat.
I've had this CD for about 3 years and it's still one of my faves, simply because it's unusual and expresses the mood of the X files so perfectly. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars X-Cellent CD
I loved this CD! My absolute favourite tune on it has to be "If You Never Say Goodbye" by P.M. Dawn *which I had no idea, until today, was co-written by Chris Carter*. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars its an X-Files album for a reason
I had this album for about a year and half before I actually listened to it and it took another few months for me to really listen to it... ... Read more
Published on Aug. 30 1999
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