Going The Distance Soundtrack2.09.10 # Soundtrack # 18 Comments
The Going the Distance soundtrack. Let’s say you were going to make a movie, with your ultimate aspiration being that you would get super-rich and start getting invites to the kind of parties where they serve sushi off the toned derrieres of underwear models and dwarves scurry round with complimentary bowls of cocaine strapped to their skulls. Now, to facilitate the opening of the door onto this world of Olympian decadence, from what type of film would you choose to make? Science fiction blockbuster? Action extravaganza? Humble rom com?
Hey, don’t roll your eyes at the latter suggestion. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again till I’m blue in the face; while romantic comedies might not generate the supernovas of buzz that the perceived big boys do, they offer the genuine advantages of relatively low production costs and big fat profit margins, meaning that when something like The Proposal hits, it hits big. Chemistry of the leads is, of course, perceived as the critical factor as to whether a rom com comes up gangbusters at the box office, and in this area Going the Distance is able to call on the charms of Justin Long and Drew Barrymore. Those two are a couple in actuality too, and they and their new movie’s backers at Warners will no doubt be hoping that the attempt to transfer this genuine chemistry to the big screen comes out more Bogie and Bacall than Bennifer.
The story treatment for the Justin ‘n’ Drew characters is that they are endeavouring to make their relationship work over a long distance, though hopefully Long’s Garrett and Barrymore’s Erin are not the stereotypical participants in an LDR that you meet in the real world – those masochists always seeming to revel in the gloom of their spells apart, moping around as if their love affair is somehow more pure, true and infinitely holy than those of everyone else who wasn’t so effing stupid as to go out with someone who lives more than a ten-minute bus ride away. The tunes on the soundtrack to Going the Distance seem to have been selected in a bid to capture the ecstasy/despair dichotomy at the heart of the long-distance relationship, with most exhibiting some kind of bittersweet quality; a vulnerable sense of fun. Plus you can imagine most of it playing over montages of Drew rushing to meet Justin or Justin rushing to meet Drew.
And while things don’t begin in particularly auspicious manner, with neither of the Generationals’ piano-led Either Way or Georgie James’ Places doing anything to distinguish themselves from your average slices of radio-friendly pop-rock, things pick up after that; Albert Hammond, Jr.’s In Transit sounding pleasingly, and utterly unsurprisingly, like the Strokes, all chiming guitar lines teased from the upper end of the fretboard. The Cure’s Just Like Heaven is duly called into the fray, and although Could We is perhaps not the mightiest of Cat Power cuts, her voice is such a perennial wellspring of magic as to ensure repeat plays. Once past the soundtrack midpoint, jaunt is increasingly subsumed by tuneful melancholy; however a pair of sucker punches remain, in the twin shapes of Eels’ growling Prizefighter and an insistent Passion Pit remix.
Going the Distance Soundtrack Song List
1. Either Way – Generationals
2. Places – Georgie James
3. Hey Na Na – Katie Herzig
4. In Transit – Albert Hammond, Jr.
5. Just Like Heaven – The Cure
6. Don’t Get Me Wrong – The Pretenders
7. Spitting Fire – The Boxer Rebellion
8. Could We – Cat Power
9. Cold Flame – Band of Skulls
10. Prizefighter – Eels
11. The Reeling (Groove Police remix) – Passion Pit
12. Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Long Time – Fanfarlo
13. Here Comes a Regular – The Replacements
14. If You Run – The Boxer Rebellion
15. Learnlilgivinanlovin – Goyle
16. Half of Something Else (acoustic version) – The Airborne Toxic Event
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