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To Live & Die In L.A.: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Wang Chung
To Live & Die In L.A.: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
 
  •  Track Listings (8) - Disc #1

Director William Friedkin knows a thing or two about innovative, genre-bending film scores. He commissioned edgy modern-jazz player Don Ellis for his classic The French Connection and reworked Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bell...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Wang Chung
Title: To Live & Die In L.A.: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Geffen Gold Line Sp.
Original Release Date: 11/1/1985
Re-Release Date: 3/19/1996
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
Styles: New Wave & Post-Punk, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 720642408124

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Director William Friedkin knows a thing or two about innovative, genre-bending film scores. He commissioned edgy modern-jazz player Don Ellis for his classic The French Connection and reworked Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" into the haunting soundtrack for the blockbuster The Exorcist. But even veteran film buffs were surprised when Friedkin turned the scoring chores for his taut 1985 forgery-ring thriller To Live and Die in LA over to British pop stars Wang Chung. Though they're still best known for their perennial rock-of-the-'80s hits "Dancehall Days," "Everybody Have Fun Tonight," and "Let's Go," Friedkin's early admiration for the band's often underrated musicality paid off with a tense, rhythmic soundscape that crystallized the era and locale of the film. And, though synth-pop has gained ill repute as a cheesy 1980s cliché, this album ably proves that it could rise above its stereotype in dramatic fashion. The Jack Hues-sung title track was also a minor pop hit. --Jerry McCulley

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Different Style of Music...but shows off Wang Chung's talent
RoMo37 | USA | 09/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I felt that Wang Chung made a good decision switching to create a soundtrack than trying to remake "Points on the Curve". Quite frankly, I was amazed by the work that Wang Chung did creating the soundtrack to "To Live and Die in L.A. (Special Edition)". The music keeps you guessing, just like the movie. Nice instrumental songs for the second half of the soundtrack. All in all, I would recommend this album because it shows off the genius of Jack Hues & Nick Feldman. Buy the album, and be prepared to lose yourself in an excellent soundtrack.

-RoMo37
--SEPTEMBER 15, 2008"
A great soundtrack, forget about the Wang Chung bit
Michael A. Duvernois | Minneapolis, MN United States | 02/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wang Chung? Doesn't matter, this is a great soundtrack. Very atmospheric and hard hitting in alternation. Works exceptionally well with the film, and is a quite good listen independent of the movie."