Trivia: iconic “Singles” soundtrack turns 24!

Trivia of the day: 24 years ago today the soundtrack to Singles was released.

Legendary director Cameron Crowe was a long time friend of Pearl Jam‘s manager, Kelly Curtis.
It was around 1990 on the night of Andy Wood‘s (Mother Love Bone) death that, following a gathering at Curtis’ house, Crowe decided to rewrite the old script he had for Singles.

 

But the “Seattle sound” wasn’t going to be only heard in the soundtrack. During the rewrite, Crowe immersed himself in the grunge music scene spending a lot of time with Pearl Jam & co. for inspiration. The influence was such that the director actually wrote parts for some of them with Jeff, Eddie and Stone featuring as members of the fictitious band Citizen Dick, fronted by Cliff Poncier, played by Matt Dillon (who really was a dick in the movie!)

 
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 Cameron Crowe went on to direct Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary documentary, PJ20. It was out in the cinemas for one night only, if I remember correctly. I’d never seen the cinema so packed as on that 20 Sept 2011.

And then people blame the recording industry’s downfall on piracy…

Er…I just found out Emeli Sandé won Best Solo Act at the Q Awards.

Really? Who’s her agent/publicist? I want to like their page on Facebook.

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Ok, ok. Before I’m crucified, let me just clarify, I’m not a hater, I quite like her actually. But singing not only once, but TWICE in that Olympics closing ceremony circus and now an AWARD FOR BEST SOLO ACT??!!! C’mon!

I mean, I know it’s hard nowadays, in a world filled with Tulisas and Cheryls, but still. Just give it to Adele, at least! She’s got a new song out, it’s promo for the movie…there’s your excuse. (Not that she needs one. She IS pretty amazing, but with all the politics that revolve around these award ceremonies…)

I know, I know…it was voted by the people and the other options were: Dizzee Rascal, Noel Gallagher and Florence Welch (of course Adele too!). No surprise there given the fact that the category of Best Act IN THE WORLD TODAY had Blur and The Stone Roses among the nominees.

Again, nothing against them and I’m well aware of their contribution to music, especially in the British scene. But really. Best act IN THE WORLD. TODAY!!!

To balance it out with my bitchiness and show my great (meaning, normal) appreciation for Emeli, here goes one of my favourites tunes performed by her. I also think she’s really pretty and seems like a real sweetie. And I actually mean it!

Mostly because of the words: “I wake with good intentions but the day, it always lasts too long, then I’m gone…”

Does anyone else have a problem with the off-peak monster that tends to show up at night with bad thoughts, junk food cravings, etc.?

Ha, bad thoughts! I sound like a depressed psycho bitch now.

This asks for Rob/Nick wisdom and alcohol

You know, so many people say they love music because it takes them back to places and situations, it brings back memories and such, but has it ever really taken you back to the point that you can feel the place and, if it’s somewhere or some time that you miss, you could feel yourself there as much as you can feel the agony of not being able to go back at all?
Just did. Ouch.
On that note, I’m out to meet some girl friends, have a drink or ten and not feel that ever again.

Until, that is, I listen to that song. Actually, there’s a whole bloody playlist filled with them! Spotify should create a way for users to ban songs they shouldn’t listen to like LastFM kind of does.

I think this post asks for a bit of Rob philosophy…

“What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?”- High Fidelity, Nick Hornby

(I have a feeling I might have posted this already. If that’s the case, I apologise but not really. Not only it’s Saturday night and I’m missing out on martini time- hey, my blog, I can pretend I’m really classy and drink martinis instead of beer- but Rob/Nick quotes are NEVER EVER enough. Even if it’s the same. I do, however, apologise for the heart-ripping post. Will try not to do it again!)