The Top of His Head (soundtrack)

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For the film of the same name, see The Top of His Head.
The Top of His Head
Soundtrack album by Fred Frith
Released 1989 (1989)
Recorded 1988, Canada
Genre Avant-rock
Length 51:29
Label Crammed (Belgium)
Producer Fred Frith
Fred Frith chronology
The Technology of Tears
The Top of His Head
Step Across the Border
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Top of His Head is a soundtrack by English guitarist, composer and improvisor Fred Frith, of the 1989 Canadian comedy-drama film, The Top of His Head. Frith wrote and composed all the music, with the exception of "This Old Earth", which was written and sung by Jane Siberry, and a cover of "The Way You Look Tonight". The music was recorded at l'Office National du Film, Montreal, Canada in August and September 1988, and was released on LP and CD in 1989 by the Belgian independent label, Crammed Discs. The CD release contained two extra tracks, "Driving to the Train" and "Lucy".

Allmusic described the album as "A less aggressive work compared to [Frith's] other releases, though not exactly gentle by any means."[1]

Siberry's song, "This Old Earth", was nominated for Best Original Song at the 1990 Genie Awards. A rerecorded version, retitled "Something About Trains", also appeared on her 1989 album Bound by the Beauty.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Fred Frith except where stated.

  1. "Title Theme" – 1:49
  2. "Driving to the Train" – 2:45 *
  3. "Wheels Within" – 2:31
  4. "Hold on Hold" – 2:22
  5. "Lucy Leaves a Note" – 2:25
  6. "Gus Escapes" – 2:19
  7. "Gravity's a Rule" – 2:15
  8. "Channel Change" – 3:20
  9. "Orbit" – 1:24
  10. "Fall to Call" – 3:52
  11. "Underwater Dream" – 2:29
  12. "This Old Earth" (Siberry) – 3:21
  13. "Donuts" – 2:54
  14. "The Long Drive" – 4:51
  15. "Lucy" – 2:05 *
  16. "The Premonition" – 1:26
  17. "Questions and Answers" – 2:47
  18. "The Performance" – 2:56
  19. "The Way You Look Tonight" (Kern, Fields) / "Title Theme (Conclusion)" (Frith) – 3:38

* These tracks were omitted from the LP release.



  1. ^ a b Mills, Ted. "The Top of His Head". Retrieved 2011-06-20. 

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