The Lost Boys
by Various Artists
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- Released: October 25, 1990
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Atlantic
- 1.Good Times - INXS/Jimmy Barnes
- 2.Lost In The Shadows (The Lost Boys) - Lou Gramm
- 3.Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Roger Daltrey
- 4.Laying Down The Law - INXS/Jimmy Barnes
- 5.People Are Strange - Echo & The Bunnymen
- 6.Cry Little Sister (Theme From The Lost Boys) - Gerald McMann
- 7.Power Play - Eddie & The Tide
- 8.I Still Believe - Tim Capello
- 9.Beauty Has Her Way - Mummy Calls
- 10.To The Shock Of Miss Louise - Thomas Newman
Personnel: Lou Gramm (vocals).
Audio Remixers: Chris Thomas ; Bob Clearmountain.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Tim Cappelio; Echo & the Bunnymen; Eddie & The Tide; Gerard McMann; Brian Alexander Robertson; INXS; Jimmy Barnes; Lou Gramm; Mummy Calls; Richie Zito; Roger Daltrey; Thomas Newman.
Joel Schumacher's 1987 film The Lost Boys capitalized on a temporary lull in horror movies in the late '80s and created a heavily music-video-influenced vampire homage with enough campy humor, heavy metal costumes, and hunky stars to put a fresh spin on the genre. An amusing piece of eye candy spiked by a few creepy moments, the movie, in typical '80s style, relies heavily on the soundtrack to bolster its emotional core. The soundtrack, like the film, works great on the surface -- but don't go much deeper. A mix of covers and bombastic '80s pop originals, the songs work best when they concentrate on the horror factor. Echo & the Bunnymen turn in an excellent cover of the Doors' "People Are Strange" that has a bouncier, more melodic touch than the original. Jimmy Barnes and INXS' "Good Times" is an energetic rocker used to personify the party-hardy SoCal atmosphere of the film. The strongest song is the movie's theme, "Cry Little Sister," a goth-influenced midtempo ballad. Singer Gerald McMann's pained phrasing and creepy lyrics, and a chilling chorus sung by what sounds like disembodied children, exemplify the best parts of the movie and the soundtrack. ~ Theresa E. LaVeck
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