Saturday, July 11, 2009

Soundtrack of My Life: The Ultra-Lounge Version

I'm sure you've all seen the meme, so here's my personal soundtrack, keeping the randomness, but limiting the choices to these 5 albums from the Ultra Lounge series (Clicking on song titles will get you at least a snippet of the song in question):

1) V17 - Bongoland
2) V8 - Cocktail Capers
3) V7 - Crime Scene
4) V4 - Bachelor Pad Royale
5) V1 - Mondo Exotica

Opening Credits:
Voodoo Dreams/Voodoo - Les Baxter
See? I already like this movie: spooky, mysterious, light jungle drums, a hint of lounge-lizardy cool.

Waking Up:
Latin Fever - Jack Costanzo
For the record, I am never this peppy waking up, but the latin bongos do call to mind the coffee machine and the frenetic pace echoes the caffeine buzz to come.

First Day at School:
Big Town - Laurindo Almeida & the Danzeneros
A director with a sense of humor! Apparently my first day of school will be shot as noir, with me as the world-weary P.I. If you're unfamiliar with the song, think of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the sad, smoky song playing when Eddie Valiant thought about his dead brother.

Falling in Love:
Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Elliot Fisher
Well, at least the director is thematically consistent, and the portrayal of a sweet, awkward childhood moment as a suave seduction is pretty damn funny.

Losing Virginity:
Harlem Nocturne - Spike Jones New Band
Hee! Speaking of putting a cool, suave gloss on an awkward situation. I like this director--he's funny.

Fight Song:
The Young Savages - Martin Denny
Just the right mix of menace, cool, and goofiness. I would totally watch this movie.

Break Up:
Moderna Muchacha - Joe Loco
Clearly, we're playing this scene for laughs. I think I'm in a 60s sex comedy!

Hey! Bellboy! - Gloria Wood
I am definitely in a 60s sex comedy.

Walk on the Wild Side - Si Zentner
If this were more bouncy and less bluesy, I'd suspect that I was Austin Powers.

Mental Breakdown:
This Could be the Start of Something - Dave Pell
This is such a jaunty breakdown, I'm tempted to think I've gotten a little pharmaceutical assistance.

Hypnotique - Martin Denny
Bongos, recorders, a sitar -- I definitely shouldn't be driving. See speculation above.

Man With the Golden Arm - Billy May
How nice! A drug-fueled 60s sex comedy flashback of the noir movie this started out to be.

Getting Back Together:
Odd Job Man/I Wanna Be a James Bond Girl - Leroy Holmes
The tune: jaunty, jazzy with a bright horn section confirms that this is a happy reunion. The title of the song confirms the Austin Powers-y theme of the movie.

Bali Ha'i - Tak Shindo
On it's own, not out of place at a wedding. This version? Well, let's just say the pharmaceutical assistance is back--perhaps my hunny-bunny is not all that he appears?

Birth of Child:
Mission Impossible - Billy May
I...I...I'm at a loss for words. Suffice to say, in the movie we've seen so far, I bet this scene is hilarious.

Final Battle:
The Girfriend of the Whirling Dervish - Martin Denny
Hee! A farcical final battle full of slamming doors, mistaken identities, and, apparently, dancing girls.

Death Scene:
Melancholy Serenade - King Curtis
Awww. I'm dead. It's kind of sad, but the music is so very, very sad that it makes me believe things may not be what they seem.

Funeral Song:
Caravan - Dick Hyman
We're back in whirling dervish-land, and although somber, there's clearly some kind of bait & switch with the coffins. And given that interlude, my hunny-bunny turns out to love me after all.

End Credits:
Wimoweh - Yma Sumac
You might be more familiar with the Tokens version: The Lion Sleeps Tonight. But this version is odder and much much cooler. Frankly, if Yma Sumac is not in my soundtrack, I don't want to listen.

I would totally watch this movie again!

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