Each week, Soundtrack Your Life takes a look at a soundtrack that has impacted the week's guest. Whether it be a song, a band, or something completely random, host, Ryan Pak, and the guest use the soundtrack as a jumping off point to share personal stories. New episodes are available on Monday.
Airheads (1994) w/ Edgar Rodriguez
Guilty Hearts guitarist Edgar Rodriguez returns to the podcast to talk about Michael Lehmann’s 1994 comedy Airheads, which has become a cult classic 26 years after it debuted in theaters. We talk about the cast, the infamous ransom list, and many of the music reference heavy jokes of the film, which were probably lost on film critics back in 1994. We chat about the hard rock heavy soundtrack loaded with plenty of oddities like a Motorhead song with Ice-T, Anthrax covering The Smiths, and 4 Non Blondes covering Van Halen. Edgar gives some background on a local radio station power struggle that may have inspired the plot of the film and he shares about his time interning at a radio station and the realities of the not so glamorous music industry. We also discuss God himself, Lemmy Kilmister.
Xanadu (1980) w/ Tracy Lane
Tracy Lane, owner of the Roots and Blues Festival in Columbia, MO and writer of the The Listening Gallery blog, is our guest this week to discuss the soundtrack to the 1980 Robert Greenwald film, Xanadu, which is considered by some to be one of the worst films of all time. Tracy discusses falling in love with the soundtrack and film at an early age, especially since it literally paired two of her favorite artists, Olivia Newton-John, and Electric Light Orchestra. We discuss the reputation of the film, how it helped inspired the creation of The Golden Raspberry Awards (aka “The Razzies”), and many of the very memorable scenes from the film, both good and bad.
Open Season (2006) w/ Christian Durrett
Fellow Paul Westerberg super fan, and creative director at the Mighty Roar agency in Atlanta, GA, Christian Durrett joins the podcast to talk about the 2006 animated film Open Season, which Paul Westerberg wrote 8 songs for, and how that started rumors of a possible Replacements reunion until Westerberg ended up injuring himself in his basement months after the soundtrack was released. We talk about Westerberg's star-crossed career and the pure bliss of The Replacements reunion in 2013.
Romeo + Juliet (1996) w/ Dietrich Seney
Creator of the Hardworkrr12 on Cars YouTube Channel, and my former roommate, Dietrich Seney stops by the podcast to talk about the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. He talks about how the film and his interest in the soundtrack helped him better understand Shakespeare as a freshmen in high school and how many of the songs continue to connect him to scenes in the film. We talk about how Garbage’s “#1 Crush” was almost omitted from the soundtrack and how Radiohead actually asked Baz Luhrmann to omit the song they wrote for the film from the soundtrack. We also discuss the popularity of The Cardigans, Everclear and the Butthole Surfers around the release of the film. Finally, we talk about a night at a Garbage concert that became memorable not for the music but for the venue and a conversation with some Garbage fans seated near us.
Dogs in Space (1986) w/ Edgar Rodriguez
Guilty Hearts guitarist Edgar Rodriguez joins the podcast to talk about the 1986 film Dogs In Space, which stars the late Michael Hutchence (frontman of INXS) and is directed by music video director Richard Lowenstein (best known for his work with INXS). Though the film has strong INXS ties, the soundtrack actually skews more punk and lo-fi, highlighting bands from the late 1970s Australian punk scene as well as Iggy Pop, The Birthday Party, Boys Next Door, Gang of Four and Brian Eno. We also briefly chat about the INXS singing competition reality show from the 2000s where the band tried to find a new frontman to replace Hutchence and the art of being a frontman.
Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006) w/ Beverly Encina
Beverly Encina stops by to talk about Michel Gondry's 2006 concert film, Dave Chappelle's Block Party. Even though we didn't know each other back in 2006, we are linked by many of the artists featured in the film such as The Roots, Kanye, Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and more. We reflect on how we got into hip hop and how we ended up finding out about these artists. We also talk about the night of a Lauryn Hill show we attended where the pre-game was almost as memorable as the main event.