So, this weekend, a friend and I went to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Considering how long we’ve been waiting for it to come out, we were pretty excited. Okay. Truth is, I only had the pleasure of reading it this summer while everyone else I know read it years ago, but that doesn’t decrease from the excitement I felt. Of course, I was a bit worried about the movie doing the book justice because typically movies aren’t comparable to the actual book. But the movie did not disappoint, let me tell you! Everything was perfect. * cough cough* I cried like a little baby….The movie was so accurate (for the most part), the actors were great for their characters, the cinematography was lovely, and the musical selections were so incredible. Which leads me to this blog post. The soundtrack. It is….
Freaking FUCKING AMAZING!!!
Let me just say that Perks has one of the best movie soundtracks I’ve ever heard, if not the best. And I’ve heard my fair share of movie soundtracks, I assure you. Some of the songs I was already pretty familiar with (thanks to my eclectic, yet amazing taste in music), but most of them I had never had the chance of hearing before the movie. Anyway, I’ve taken the time to put my favorite songs from the soundtrack into this entry. I hope you love them as much as I do.
“Asleep” - The Smiths
I’m still trying to figure out how to describe this song in words. In all honesty, it’s a bit depressing when you know the lyrics to the song. And yet, it’s so beautiful and poetic. I feel like it’s one of those songs that stops you in your tracks and forces you to sit and delve into its lyrics, its melody, everything about it. Though its an 80s song, I think any young person can relate to it – it tells the story of being lost in a world that you don’t want to live in anymore so instead you just want to sleep until you wake up in a new, better world. I don’t know about you guys, but with everything that happens around the world today, I can definitely relate to the meaning of this song.
“Come On Eileen” - Dexy’s Midnight Runners
I’m having serious trouble trying to choose between this track and “Asleep” as my favorite song from Perks. “Come on Eileen” is so happy and teen-sy and upbeat! It’s the only dance number on the soundtrack as well. The carelessness of the song and its scandalously-sneaky lyrics are so fun and reminiscent of the 80s. The dance scene in the movie was wonderful.
“Teenage Riot” - Sonic Youth
“Something” - The Beatles
This song isn’t on the soundtrack, but it is mentioned in the novel. And I think it’s such a relevant song when it comes to how Charlie felt about Sam.
“Landslide” - Fleetwood Mac
“Landslide” actually isn’t featured on the soundtrack, but the song is so important in the book that I featured it here. In the book, this is the real “tunnel song,” not “Heroes” by David Bowie as the movie depicts it. Just a penny for your thoughts.
“Heroes” - David Bowie
The “tunnel song” from the movie. There’s been a bit of distress over the switch for the “tunnel song.” Personally, I think that “Heroes” is a bit more befitting for the movie. The book had an underlying dark, tragic tone that “Landslide” worked well for while “Heroes” is a bit more upbeat and, honestly, feels more “infinite” in my opinion.
“Tugboat” - Galaxy 500
“Where Eagles Dare” - The Misfits
I HAD TO. How rude would it be of me to leave out this song when it is so perfect for the movie? If you’ve witnessed the movie, then I hope you remember when Sam welcomes Charlie to the gang and says, “Welcome to the island of misfit toys.”
These are the other songs from the soundtrack:
“It Could Be Another Change” - The Samples
“Temptation” - New Order
“Evensong” - The Innocence Mission
“Low” - Cracker
“Dear God” - XTC
“Charlie’s Last Letter” - Michael Brook
“Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops” - Cocteau Twins
And even still…there are songs that the book references, but the movie does not include:
“Nights in White Satin” by The Moody Blues, “MLK” by U2, “Daydream” by Smashing Pumpkins, “Vapour Trail” by Ride, “Dear Prudence” by The Beatles, “Time of No Reply” by Nick Drake, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, “Gypsy” by Suzanne Vega, “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)” by Pink Floyd, “Scarborough Fair” by Simon & Garfunkel, “Dusk” by Genesis, “Autumn Leaves” by Nat King Cole, and “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister.
I’m sure that I’m missing a few or so, but these are the songs that I’ve taken a liking to and I hope you do too!