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Format: CD
Sku: 60142136
UPC: 076732803929
UPC 14: 00076732803929
Release Date: 8/14/1990
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Everybody Knows - Concrete Blonde ~ Original Soundtrack
2. Why Can't I Fall In Love - Ivan Neville ~ Original Soundtrack
3. Stand! - Liquid Jesus ~ Original Soundtrack
4. Wave Of Mutilation (U. K. Surf) - The Pixies ~ Original Soundtrack
5. I've Got A Secret Miniature Camera - Peter Murphy ~ Original Soundtrack
6. Kick Out The Jams - Bad Brains/Henry Rollins ~ Original Soundtrack
7. Freedom Of Speech - Above The Law ~ Original Soundtrack
8. Heretic - Soundgarden ~ Original Soundtrack
9. Titanium Expose - Sonic Youth ~ Original Soundtrack
10. Me And The Devil Blues - Cowboy Junkies ~ Original Soundtrack
11. Tale O' The Twister - Chagall Gevara ~ Original Soundtrack

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Concrete Blonde; Cowboy Junkies; Chagall Guevara; Liquid Jesus; Pixies; Bad Brains.
Muze PNote In a sense, Pump Up the Volume was the second in Allan Moyle's Disillusioned American Youths trilogy, released ten years after the new wave runaway drama Times Square and five years prior to the truly horrid record shop angstfest Empire Records. Like Times Square, and to a somewhat lesser extent Empire Records, Pump Up the Volume's major players are music obsessives who immerse themselves in rock groups that float away from the mainstream radar. In this case, the protagonist is pirate radio DJ Hard Harry (Christian Slater), a hyper-hormonal high-school student who takes great delight in playing the likes of Leonard Cohen and Sonic Youth for his audience of confused, angst-ridden schoolmates. The soundtrack reflects much of what is played during the movie, including Soundgarden's pre-fame "Heretic," Concrete Blonde's version of Cohen's "Everybody Knows," the Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation (U.K. Surf)," and two songs that deal with the movie's theme of censorship, Above the Law's "Freedom of Speech" and Bad Brains' (with Henry Rollins) cover of the MC5's "Kick Out the Jams." Unfortunately, Was (Not Was)' delightfully perverse "Dad I'm in Jail" is excluded, as is Nora Diniro's lusty ode to Hard Harry ("Jam me, jack me, push me, pull me," etc.). At any rate, the Pump Up the Volume soundtrack works well for those who want a decent snapshot of early-'90s alternative music. And if you're feeling nostalgic for that frustrating period of your life when you looked like Christian Slater but couldn't get any girls to pay attention to you, it works equally well. ~ Andy Kellman

Producer: David Bianco; Dennis Herring; Dr. Dre; Atl; Ivan Neville; Kenny Lee Lewis; Laylaw; Marc DeSisto; Michael Timmins; Nicholas Sansano; Peter Moore; Peter Murphy; Ron St. Germain; Sonic Youth; Soundgarden; Terry Date

Associated Artists and Works

California Dreams
Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/03/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1990
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 8039
Music Label Name Label : MCA (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00076732803929

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.40)
- Ranked #71 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...This eclectic set features prime arty spew from the Pixies, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth, and Cowboy Junkies..."

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