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Sunday, September 09, 2007

50 greatest film soundtracks

On March 18, 2007 The Observer Music Monthly ran a ”50 greatest film soundtracks”. On the Top 3 you could find ”The Wizard of Oz”, ”Psycho” and ”Star Wars”, but ”Slade in Flame” made a very respectable to No. 25 with these comments:

”25. Slade In Flame
Songs by Slade
The Citizen Kane of British pop movies, this grim fable about a squabbling pop group plucked from northern obscurity by money-minded London businessmen boasts a scorching soundtrack by Slade at the peak of their powers.
Retro-fitting their trademark Seventies glam-stomp sound with Sixties-style honking horns, Jim Lea and Noddy Holder served up their most coherent long-player. The movie spawned two moderate hit singles: the anthemic 'Far Far Away', and the majestic 'How Does it Feel?', both of which exhibited a thoughtful introspection often overshadowed by their glitzy reputation. Elsewhere, the slide guitar strut of 'Them Kinda Monkeys Can't Swing' and the ballsy 'Standin' on the Corner' showcase Slade's crowd-pleasing panache.
The band's teenybop fans were shocked by the tough tone of the movie, which revealed some unpalatable truths about the myths of fame and fortune. Three decades later, the Flame soundtrack always stands as proof that Slade were so much more than just another flash in the glam pan.

The complete Top 50 can be found in The Guardian’s on-line archive.


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