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Basquiat: Original Soundtrack - Music From The Miramax Film
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
Few film soundtracks capture the essence or personality of their subject matter as beautifully as the collection of songs culled from Basquiat. Jean Michel Basquiat's charisma was based in the many facets of his character ... more »
Few film soundtracks capture the essence or personality of their subject matter as beautifully as the collection of songs culled from Basquiat. Jean Michel Basquiat's charisma was based in the many facets of his character and his art, and there's a song here for a good portion of his ever-changing moods. "Public Image," by PiL is a cynical sneer matching Basquiat's own disillusionment over his fame. The inclusion of the undulating rap/funk masterpiece "White Lines" by Grandmaster Flash, plays almost like a cautionary tale, while the hopelessness of Joy Division's "These Days" seems like a theme for the bleak emotional state the painter sometimes experienced. There are, of course, songs that reflect the period of Basquiat's rise from the '70s until his untimely death in the '80s. --Steve Gdula
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Missing a few essential pieces of the puzzle
M. Bromberg | Atlanta, GA United States | 05/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A good rock soundtrack that could be better with a few missing pieces restored. Whatever kept the songs off this album originally, an expanded reissue would have to include the credits-opening "Fairytale of New York." The song sets the tone for the rest of the movie, and it's really missing here. Kirsty MacColl's duet featuring Shane MacGowan is available on an import best-of album called "Galore," for those who want to track it down. I don't think anyone expects the Stones to give away "Waiting on a Friend" to a soundtrack (that would have been a nice gesture) but Keith Richards's bootleg version of "Nearness of You" should now be included, as he's doing the song with the Stones these days putting it into the "official release" category. Finally, "Red House" by Tom Waits needs to be here as well, to bookend "Tom Traubert's Blues." Island Records should think about remastering this compilation and give fans of the movie a complete, essential soundtrack. On the plus side, it's worth every cent to have John Cale's version of "Hallelujah" here, and another reviewer noted Bowie's remarkable remake of "Small Plot of Land." Almost worth a five star rating, but just not quite. Yet."
Basquiat Opening Title Music
M. L. Suplee | 10/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Many people have asked what the opening title track is in the film, Basquiat. The name of the song is "Fairy Tale of New York" by the Pogues. Viewers of the movie may recall an excerpt of the song playing while young Basquiat and his mother are strolling through the museum during the opening credits.Alas, this song is not included in the soundtrack, although the soundtrack is quite an excellent collection of works that fits wonderfully with the film."
M. L. Suplee | 04/05/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The first song from the movie is "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues. I imagine that this is the song being confused with "If I Should Fall From Grace With God." The first song also changes significantly after the intro portion that is played in the movie - somewhat of a letdown but still a good tune. This soundtrack collects many of the best songs from the movie but not nearly enough of them."