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Soundtrack Saturday • William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet

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Okay, maybe she’s to blame, but he was still the one who thought to produce it and release it as a spoken word single… so yeah

Happy Saturday everybody!! If any of you are anything like me, you’re weekends consist of going out for an hour or two into that cold and bitter world and then retreating into your homes until Monday morning with nothing doing but having watched countless flicks on the ol’ flatscreen (how sad that in a few years that no one won’t have even heard of the phrase “boob tube”. R.I.P tube televisions…) Before they know it, it’s time to get back to work. If you grew up in the 90’s, then surely you remember the first time you heard the name Baz Luhrmann. He’s the guy that brought us movies like Moulin Rouge!, the Gawd-awful Australia, and more recently, his blah remake of The Great Gatsby. He was even pretentious enough to release a single in the late 90’s called “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)“, which was an essay written by Mary Schmich (Okay, maybe she’s to blame, but he was still the one who thought to produce it and release it as a spoken word single… so yeah anyway…)

The very cool film was accompanied by an even cooler soundtrack …

In 1996 Baz Luhrmann started what would be a long and fruitful relationship with actor extraordinaire, Leonardo DiCaprio, when he casted him as the lead in his ultra cool modern film adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Romeo + Juliet. The film did quite well in theatres and sales flourished when it was later released on home video (what is that?) I wouldn’t be surprised if one of those flicks that you watched over the weekend just happened to be Romeo + Juliet. The very cool film was accompanied by an even cooler soundtrack, which is why we’re here today, is it not? The soundtrack featured music performed by artists who were a who’s who of the 90’s music scene. Bands like Radiohead, Garbage, Everclear, Mundy, and The Cardigans were all featured on this very special soundtrack. It was like the 90’s exploded all over this soundtrack.

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Baz Luhrmann was going for a near millennial feel and he achieved it in spades.

The music seemed to fit the modern mood of the film quite well. It was well packaged. When broken up into components, every piece of Romeo + Juliet fit this modern re-telling. Technically, it had to. Baz Luhrmann was going for a near millennial feel and he achieved it in spades. The soundtrack had a healthy mix of alternative and at least one disco flavored track, that being “Young Hearts Run Free” by Kym Mazelle (lest we forget, disco had a small comeback in the late ’90’s with Gloria Estefan‘s remake of “Turn The Beat Around“, Stardust‘s “Music Sounds Better With You“, and The Bucketheads one hit wonder, “The Bomb“.

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I was subjected to this very shitty “song“, being forced to listen to it 186 a day, every day for three months straight …

The soundtrack is great fun had all around. It took a solid cast of artists to put together a solid soundtrack track to a pretty sweet film. The only problem that I find with the soundtrack, and this is just my own personal grievance (which should in no way influence your decision on whether or not to give the soundtrack a listen or not) is with the inclusion of “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” on the soundtrack. I don’t know, maybe there’s something wrong with me because this was actually a hit single at some point in the ’90’s (Believe me, I should know. As a former employee of the now-defunct music and electronics chain, The Wiz, I was subjected to this very shitty “song“, being forced to listen to it 186 a day, every day for three months straight before corporate sent us another disc to play in heavy rotation for the next three months after that. It was torture. So yeah, aside from “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)“, I highly recommend both the soundtrack and the film, both of which you can pick up here. Enjoy my fellow kilSters and until next week my friends!

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William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (Soundtrack) (Blu Ray)

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