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Soundtrack (Popular)

We were talking about music, you know, as you do, last night. And I mentioned my "soundtrack" to lidocafe and I thought I had posted it, but I obviously didn't. I posted ABOUT it, but I never actually wrote down the list. I've only included popular stuff, but of course there is a significant amount of classical music in there, too. One day I'll compile a list of that, too. But for now, here is the list; how many of these do you remember?

Particularly significant songs are asterisked.

Catch a Falling Star, Perry Como
High Hopes, Perry Como
Little Boxes, (not sure, possibly Peter Paul and Mary - whichever one was popular in the early 60s)
Summer Holiday, Cliff Richard (I went to the movie of this, and it was my favourite cousin's favourite song then)
Downtown, Petula Clark
Daydream Believer, The Monkees
To Sir With Love, Lulu (also movie association)
*Theme from Romeo and Juliet (of course!)
Summer Wine, Nancy Sinatra
Some Velvet Morning, Nancy Sinatra (both from the WONDERFUL Nancy & Lee album)
If I were a Carpenter, Joan Baez
*Geordie, Joan Baez
*Both Sides Now, Judy Collins
If You Could Read My Mind, Gordon Lightfoot
Scarborough Fair, Simon and Garfunkle
**America, Simon and Garfunkle
Sailing, Rod Stewart
Leaving on a Jet Plane, Peter Paul and Mary
*Anticipation, Carly Simon
***Chuck E's in Love, Ricky Lee Jones (this was "our" song)
***Amanda, Waylon Jennings (this was about "us")
***Into the Mystic, Van Morrison (this was "him")
The End, The Doors (Yes, well.)
Rivers of Babylon, Jimmy Cliff
The River, Bruce Springsteen (ALBUM)
Call Me, Blondie
Northwest Passage, Stan Rogers
People are Strange, The Doors
**City of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie
Song of the Seals, Jean Redpath
**Theme from Local Hero, Mark Knopfler
Cat People, David Bowie
*Time After Time, Cyndie Lauper
Here Comes the Rain Again, Eurythmics
A Case of You, Joni Mitchell (in China, where the line about Canada had significance)
**Born in the USA, Bruce Springsteen ALBUM
*Willow, Joan Armitrading
We Don't Need Another Hero, Tina Turner
Don't Pay the Ferryman, Chris de Burgh
**The Weakness in Me, Joan Armitrading
In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel
My Hometown, Springsteen
**Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits (ALBUM)
Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton
*Song about Desaparados, by Holly Near and Ronnie Gilbert
The Mary Ellen Carter, Stan Rogers (this was a shitty time)
What's Love Got to Do With it? Tina Turner (told you it was shitty)
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding
Sand and Water, Beth Neilsen Chapman
Falling Slowly, Glen Hansard and Marketa Iglova
Winter, Joshua Radin.
Bookends, Simon and Garfunkle (which actually sounds more nostalgic and less looking forward than I feel right now, but that song has been with me from the beginning)


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 3rd, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
I think "Little Boxes" was performed by Pete Seeger. Other people probably did it, too, but the version I was introduced to was Seeger.
Jun. 3rd, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
Yes, I think you're probably right. I have a vague recollection of several voices singing, though. Maybe there was a version done by the Weavers? I remember singing along to it on the radio, though, whoever was performing it :)
Jun. 3rd, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
"Time after Time" and "Cat People" are particular favorites of mine, too--oh, and definitely "Don't Pay the Ferryman." And "Here Comes the Rain Again."

And "Scarborough Fair"--that's one of my favorites from childhood.

How about "Holding Out for a Hero"? Yesterday evening, our entire family was listening to that. My younger daughter had downloaded it, and we were all singing it at dinner. It was so much fun.
Jun. 3rd, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
I feel sort of sad and mellow just reading the titles. Excellent sequencing!
Jun. 3rd, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)
27. That's ones I remember well enough to start a tune playing in my head. And probably more if I heard them, as I'm terrible at recognizing titles. 'The End' there confused me at first, as I was reading from the bottom up at that point!

I was just talking about this a few days ago with Becca (the 21 year old) when '74-'75 came on the radio and I immediately said 'soundtrack of your childhood'. The #1 song that came to mind for mine then was "I'm Not in Love" by 10cc. (End of secondary school - horribly unresolved crush/relationship/bad timing what-have-you. Went on for years.)

Your list is fascinating. I wonder if there are people for whom songs are less viscerally linked t memories. Uh, less than those of us for whom they are very linked. [will go drink more tea now.]

Jun. 3rd, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
The "Little Boxes" I remember best is Seeger's, but I think quite a few people have done it. There was a great version that opened the show Weeds but I never found out who did it.

I know almost all of these except "Some Velvet Morning." I think my own soundtrack would be quite different, but I certainly recognize the overlap in our lifetimes!

Interesting list that suggests you're sentimental and romantic . . .
Jun. 3rd, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
hmmm. romantic yes. Sentimental - I don't think so, at least not if we mean the same thing by it.

I was just reading about the "Little Boxes" cover for Weeds. I think it's Elvis Costello. Apparently they are "retiring" it for this coming season, because the main character as moved beyond them.
Jun. 3rd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
I only saw the first season of Weeds, but the version they used then was by a female singer. I would have recognized Elvis Costello, I think, and I wouldn't mind hearing that version.

Wouldn't it be great to hear a Cat Power cover of that one?
Jun. 3rd, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
The version used in season 1 was by Malvina Reynolds.
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
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