500 Days Of Summer Soundtrack16.07.09 # Soundtrack # 3 Comments
The 500 Days Of Summer soundtrack.
Deschanel: We’ve been like Sid and Nancy for months now.
Gordon-Levitt: We have some disagreements but I hardly think I’m Sid Vicious.
Deschanel: No, I’m Sid.
Gordon-Levitt: Oh. So I’m Nancy?
So, Yes Man is over and forgotten and Zooey Deschanel has traded in a 47 year old Jim Carrey for a 28 year old Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Good decision. Not only because an on-screen relationship between them is, you know, fathomable, but also because Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the brightest stars of Hollywood’s undercurrent of young leading men. Sleepy La Beef can go play with robots all he likes, Gordon-Levitt makes good films (i.e. Brick) and he steals the show in all of them. So that, combined with the fact that the movie’s tagline (Boy Meets Girl. Boy Falls In Love. Girl Doesn’t.) could be the tagline for my life, makes this one to watch.
And the 500 Days Of Summer soundtrack is decent. Any more than decent? Well, let’s discuss. Of course there is literally nothing more predictable for an angst-infused indie twenty-something rom com than a couple bonding over The Smiths. But that’s because The Smiths are amazing. They’re the Led Zeppelin of sensitive screenwriters. A fairly mainstream Fox Searchlight soundtrack album with two Smiths songs on it does feel a little like someone’s made a trendy T-shirt out of Picasso’s Guernica, but, you know, it’s the movie business. Raping and pillaging higher art is what Hollywood is all about, God love it.
The thing is, for a great soundtrack album, it should feel like a very cool friend (maybe cool in your eyes but underrated by a cruel society) has dug out their best hidden gems, the unusual and unheralded greats, like Dick Dale or some of Iggy Pop’s solo material, or a track by Preston School Of Industry, or Killing Joke, and through their selection they’ve brought these unheralded greats up to the stature that they deserve in the public consciousness. Hence, the 500 Days Of Summer soundtrack, an album with trendy contemporary stuff like The Temper Trap and Mumm-ra, and Carla Bruni, and Hall & Oates – it’s good for the ears, but not for the soul. Plus it’s got two Regina Spektor tracks, which are rather like being sung at by an overly confident A student who found an Alanis Morisette album and decided to be famous.
But, in the end, any album that places Wolfmother and Simon & Garfunkel side by side is more than a little likable. Even with the raping and pillaging. It’s a solid enough record. And if you’ve managed to meet someone out of your league, fall in love, and then get dumped, the film is probably going to be worth your while too.
500 Days Of Summer Soundtrack ( Songs ) – Track Listing
1. A Story Of Boy Meets Girl – 500 Days Of Summer – Music From The Motion Picture
2. Us (Remastered) – Regina Spektor
3. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
4. Bad Kids – The Black Lip
5. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want – The Smiths
6. There Goes The Fear – Doves
7. You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
8. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
9. Quelqu’un M’a Dit – Carla Bruni
10. Mushaboom – Feist
11. Hero – Regina Spektor
12. Bookends – Simon And Garfunkel
13. Vagabond – Wolfmother
14. She’s Got You High – Mumm-ra
15. Here Comes Your Man – Meaghan Smith
16. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want – She & Him