To Live and Die in L.A. (soundtrack)

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To Live and Die in L.A. soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Wang Chung
Released 30 September 1985
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Length 38:37
Label Geffen
24081-2
Producer John Kalodner, David Massey
Wang Chung chronology
Points on the Curve
(1984)
To Live and Die in L.A. Soundtrack
(1985)
Mosaic
(1986)
Singles from To Live and Die in L.A.
  1. "To Live and Die in L.A."
    Released: 25 September 1985

The To Live and Die in L.A. soundtrack is Wang Chung's third album and second on Geffen Records. Instead of following up on the success that Points on the Curve landed them, the band switched gears to produce an original motion picture soundtrack. The switch allowed for them to experiment with different styles of music from the conventional pop music on their previous album. Released in 1985, only the album's title song made it on the US Billboard Hot 100 where it peaked at #41.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Wang Chung; all songs produced by Wang Chung, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "To Live and Die in L.A." (Tony Swain, Steve Jolley) 4:53
2. "Lullaby"   4:43
3. "Wake Up, Stop Dreaming" (Wang Chung, David Motion) 4:35
4. "Wait" (Chris Hughes, Ross Cullum) 4:26
Total length:
18:37
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "City of the Angels"   9:17
2. "The Red Stare"   3:11
3. "Black-Blue-White"   2:23
4. "Every Big City"   5:09
Total length:
20:00

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak position
U.S. Billboard 200 85

Background[edit]

  • According to William Friedkin, director of the film To Live and Die in L.A., the main reason he chose Wang Chung to compose the soundtrack was because the band "stands out from the rest of contemporary music... What they finally recorded has not only enhanced the film, it has given it a deeper, more powerful dimension." [1] This, of course, was his response after listening to the band’s previous album, Points on the Curve. In fact, he loved the album so much, that he took two of the songs straight off of the album, "Wait", and Dance Hall Days and used them as part of the soundtrack. "Wait" plays at the end credits of the movie, and is the only song to appear on two different non-compilation albums.
  • Every song on the soundtrack, excluding the title song, "Dance Hall Days" and "Wait", were written and recorded within a two-week period. Only after Wang Chung saw a rough draft of the film did they produce the title song. [2]
  • On the original vinyl release, side one was all vocal tracks, side two all instrumental.

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