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Wall Street : Money Never Sleeps – Soundtrack

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The Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps soundtrack. Given the abominable unpopularity of the banking community in the wake of the great financial hullabaloo of autumn 2008, most people would probably prefer it if the soundtrack to any new movie about Wall Street was dominated by the noise of guillotine blades swooshing in rapid downward trajectories, banker’s heads rolling loose from their bodies and their blood sloshing down the famed Manhattan locale in a humungous scarlet tsunami of evil, greedy sh*tbaggery. As it happens this is not the aural accompaniment chosen for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – unsurprisingly given that its backers at Fox clearly fancy their Shia and Carey-led movie as a rather marketable affair (it is a film wreathed in product placement, including, most bizarrely, particular prominence being given to a well-known brand of crisps seconds before a character kills himself. Delightful connotation, no?).

For the sequel to his 1987 Oscar-winner, director Oliver Stone has instead primarily gone with a selection of tracks by David Byrne, the majority of which come from Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, the former Talking Heads singer’s 2008 re-team with his old mucker, Brian Eno. Not that Eno or even Byrne is the first person whose work is heard on this soundtrack. That rare honour instead is the preserve of composer Craig Armstrong, a prior collaborator with Stone on 2006’s World Trade Center, who contributes three brief orchestrations. Byrne and Eno are soon enough summoned into action though, with the five numbers here from Everything largely adhering to a single template; earnest acoustic guitars mixing with choruses that are surprisingly big and anthemic coming as they do from this pair of art school heroes.

Privileging mild funk over rootsiness, Strange Overtones is closest to what Eno used to help Byrne cook up back in the heyday of Talking Heads, but those who worship at the altar of the duo’s 1981 album, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, will find little succour here, aside perhaps from Byrne’s solo Sleeping Up. Whisper it but while I’ve always thought of Ghosts as an admirable enough affair I’ve never really deemed it much of a compelling listen – certainly less so than older Eno solo output like Another Green World – meaning I actually found the combination of his and Byrne’s prodigious gifts on Life is Long, for example, preferable to the majority of that much-praised earlier collaboration between the two of them. This more recent material may all be a bit too MOR for those who act like they were hip to Talking Heads from nanosecond one, but for those who deal in musical merit and not perceived cachet there is much here to enjoy.

There are a couple of numbers pulled too from Byrne’s solo album Grown Backwards, with Tiny Apocalypse slightly disconcertingly sounding like a conversation he taped with himself whilst putting on two different voices. Meanwhile, closing track This Must Be the Place is about as close as Talking Heads ever got to the mainstream, the experimentalism being locked away in favour of a tenderness which is simultaneously both simple and beguiling, it putting golden seal on a strong soundtrack.

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(Or if you’re in the UK it’s here for mp3s, here for cd)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Soundtrack – Track List
1. Prison – Craig Armstrong
2. Home – David Byrne and Brian Eno
3. Life is Long – David Byrne and Brian Eno
4. Sleeping Up – David Byrne
5. Strange Overtones – David Byrne and Brian Eno
6. Money – Craig Armstrong
7. My Big Nurse – David Byrne and Brian Eno
8. Helicopter Reveal – Craig Armstrong
9. Tiny Apocalypse – David Byrne
10. Lazy – David Byrne
11. I Feel My Stuff – David Byrne and Brian Eno
12. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) – Talking Heads

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  • jamesfreo said

    Hi folks,

    Does anyone know the very housey track that was playing I think on the way to or in a club in the first third of Wall St, Money Never Sleeps?

    Many thanks,

    James

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    • Solomio said

      I too would like to know the music in the club scene. I was reminded strongly of Thievery Corporation. Anyone?

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      • Gaydi said

        the song name is – Reality check – by “Stigmato Inc” from there album (Reality check)….. the album is full of good music, highly recommended!!!

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        • jamesfreo said

          Many thanks, Gaydi. Very best wishes from Fremantle in the Wild West of Oz. James

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  • JAY said

    What is the song playing during the commercial not the one by the rolling stones

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  • jay said

    what is the name for the phone ringtone by lebauf?

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    • Dan said

      The ringtone for Jake was the Theme from the good, the bad, and the ugly by Ennio Morricone.

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  • Cindy said

    What was the song when they broke up? The really sad slow song? Sounded like John Mayer.

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  • Carl said

    heya, does anyone know the name of the song going when DOW drops? It sounds like an orchestra

    would be much appriciated

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    • ludditedaisy said

      re carl: every other website i’ve looked at lists it as “passionata” by the london musicians orchestra but i think it’s “the ball” by craig armstrong (played before -money never sleeps- in -plunkett & macleane).

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      • Max said

        You are a freakin genius! I love you forever! I have been looking for that song forever. It definitely isn’t Passionata and is The ball by Craig Armstrong.

        Much <3! =O

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  • henry said

    Does anyone know when “this is the place” played? I left at the beginning of the credits sadly – was it afterwards?

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  • Angel said

    Hello, is there anyone know, what is name of song played during motobike race between Jake Moore and Bretton James? Thanks a lot.

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  • Erik said

    I found those earnest, moaning, singer-songwriter-type songs to be a real drag on the film. Very distracting and didn’t fit the look and feel of the movie.

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  • ADAM said

    DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO GET SHIA LEBEOF’S RINGTONE?

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    • Mr Anonymos said

      The easiest way is if you have the soundtrack from the good, the bad and the ugly (funny thou that Eli Wallach(playing Jules) is the ugly fellow in that movie)
      If you then use audacity to edit and then transfer it to your cellphone.

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  • luisa said

    The end song is my favourite

    Talking Heads – This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)

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  • Shane said

    Does anybody know the ball music when the dornation party began. It is much like song for autumn

    Many thanks

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  • alex said

    hi — anyone knows the NAME OF THE CLUB where Shia is in the first third of Wall St, Money Never Sleeps? TX

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  • Vlad said

    Hi, I wonder and still looking for the violin part when Shia defines insanity.Could someone hint that please? Thank you very much

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  • Steven said

    Does anyone know the theme song from the trailer where the lyrics went “walk the streets like a wanted man” any help would be cool

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  • borga said

    close to the end, gekko listen “nessun dorma” from puccini but that one is a new cover and instrumental. does anyone know about this particular part and where can i find that version?

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