December 15, 2009

Nowhere Boy: Original Soundtrack

Nowhere Boy is a movie portrait of an insecure young man who would become one of the biggest names in music ever. John Lennon was raised by his aunt Mimi, fell out with his mother Julia, and was saved by rock 'n' roll. The movie will be in theaters in the UK on Boxing Day (December 26th), but the 2CD soundtrack is already available.

Director Sam Taylor-Wood worked closely with screenplay writer Matt Greenhalgh and music supervisor Ian Neil in assembling the tracks for the first disc. They know they will be watched by hordes of Beatles fans who will point out any historical flaw. Actor Aaron Johnson learned to sing a couple of songs that Lennon performed with his first band The Quarrymen (credited as The Nowhere Boys on the CD), and he comes close to the voice of young Lennon. Raunchy was an obvious choice - this is the song that George Harrison played for John on the back of a midnight bus, hoping to impress him enough to let him join the band. Taylor-Wood and Greenhalgh picked Lennon's most intense song Mother as the closing music for the movie, a song so raw with emotion that it hurts.

Nowhere Boy

The second disc is an "inspired by" collection, less adventurous but it does include Paul McCartney all time favorite Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly, a singer who proved that you could wear glasses on stage and look cool. It would take some time for Lennon to do the same.

The Nowhere Boy soundtrack is released on Sony Music.

CD1 - Original Sound Track
  1. Wild One (Jerry Lee Lewis)
  2. Mr Sandman (Dickie Valentine)
  3. Rocket 88 (Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats)
  4. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Elvis Presley)
  5. Hard Headed Woman (Wanda Jackson)
  6. I Put A Spell On You (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
  7. Maggie May (The Nowhere Boys)
  8. That'll Be The Day (The Nowhere Boys)
  9. Rockin' Daddy (Eddie Bond & The Stompers)
  10. Twenty Flight Rock (Eddie Cochran)
  11. That's Alright Mamma (The Nowhere Boys)
  12. Raunchy (The Nowhere Boys)
  13. Movin' and Groovin' (The Nowhere Boys)
  14. Hound Dog (Big Mama Thornton)
  15. Be-Bop-A-Lula (Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps)
  16. Hello Little Girl (Aaron Johnson)
  17. In Spite Of All The Danger (The Nowhere Boys)
  18. Mother (John Lennon)
CD2 - Music Inspired By
  1. Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry)
  2. Rock Around The Clock (Bill Haley & His Comets)
  3. Rip It Up (Little Richard)
  4. Baby, Let's Play House (Elvis Presley)
  5. Peggy Sue (Buddy Holly)
  6. Party Doll (Buddy Knox)
  7. I Fought The Law (Bobby Fuller Four)
  8. Brand New Cadillac (Vince Taylor & His Playboys)
  9. Susie-Q (Dale Hawkins)
  10. Let The Good Times Roll (Shirley & Lee)
  11. Money (That's What I Want) (Barrett Strong)
  12. Ain't That A Shame (Fats Domino)
  13. Stagger Lee (Lloyd Price)
  14. These Dangerous Years (Frankie Vaughan)
  15. Come Go With Me (The Del-Vikings)

Video: Nowhere Boy trailer


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