Friday, June 12, 2015

The Virgin Suicides Soundtrack: 15 Years Later

First, I can't believe it's been 15 years since The Virgin Suicides was released, along with its game-changing score and soundtrack. I feel old(er).

Although undeniably dark, Jeffrey Eugenides' acclaimed book and then Sofia Coppola's award-winning film adaptation were huge for me. Both the rad score (composed by 90s-famous French duo Air) and 70s-laden soundtrack were so overplayed in the four walls of my bedroom - acting as a kind of dual education in the power of indie artist-scored pictures and mid-70s prog-rock.

Second, I just found out the most mindblowing fact about the soundtrack. Did you know that Air's haunting lead soundtrack single, "Playground Love," is actually sung by Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars? Hang on, what? Trust me, I've looked this up before - but the vocals have always been credited to Gordon Tracks, which is apparently Mars' pseudonym. Listen to it and you'll finally clue into Mars's distinct voice singing the famous lyrics. Oh, and although Sofia Coppola was married to Spike Jonze during the making of Virgin Suicides, she and Mars got married 12 years after its release. Boom.

And last, Noah '40' Shebib, of Drake's OVO Crew, played one of the young boys infatuated with the five sisters in the film.

 Again, what?

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