Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
|Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||June 30, 1992|
|Recorded||Various dates (1967–1992)|
|Genre||Grunge, alternative rock, heavy metal, alternative metal|
|Singles from Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
Singles is the original soundtrack album to the 1992 film Singles, primarily focused on the ascendant Seattle grunge scene of the early 1990s. It also features contributions from Minneapolis' Paul Westerberg (his first solo material after the breakup of The Replacements), Chicago's The Smashing Pumpkins, and past Seattle artists Jimi Hendrix and The Lovemongers (Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, the latter of whom was the wife of the film's director Cameron Crowe at the time). It was released on June 30, 1992. The album has been certified two times platinum by the RIAA in the United States.
The soundtrack was reissued in a 2×CD and 2×LP edition on May 19, 2017, coincidentally one day after the death of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, whose music is featured prominently on the soundtrack and who has a cameo in the film, although the release date had been announced in January. The reissue features new mastering and a bonus disc of previously unreleased material, including rare Cornell recordings. It includes 18 bonus tracks in addition to the original 13-song soundtrack, as well as demos, instrumentals, new liner notes and track-by-track descriptions by Cameron Crowe, and live recordings from Paul Westerberg, Alice in Chains, and Mudhoney. Also included is “Touch Me I’m Dick” by Matt Dillon’s fictional band in the film, Citizen Dick, featuring Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, and Jeff Ament. It marks the first commercial release of “Touch Me I’m Dick” as part of the soundtrack.
Other songs used in the movie but not included in either edition of its soundtrack are: "Three Days" by Jane's Addiction, "Little Girl" by Muddy Waters, "Dig For Fire" by the Pixies, "Radio Song" by R.E.M., "Blue Train" by John Coltrane, "Family Affair" by Sly & The Family Stone, "She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult, and "Jinx" by Tad.
The soundtrack is considered to have helped open the door to the explosive popularity of Seattle grunge in the early 1990s. According to Steve Huey of AllMusic, "Singles helped crystallize the idea of the 'Seattle scene' in the mainstream public's mind, and it was also one of the first big-selling '90s movie soundtracks (it went platinum and reached the Top Ten) to feature largely new work from contemporary artists...it's a milestone in the breakthrough of alternative rock into mainstream popular culture, neatly and effectively packaging the Seattle phenomenon for the wider national consciousness."
|1.||"Would?"||Jerry Cantrell||Alice in Chains||3:27|
|2.||"Breath"||Eddie Vedder and Stone Gossard||Pearl Jam||5:25|
|3.||"Seasons"||Chris Cornell||Chris Cornell||5:45|
|4.||"Dyslexic Heart"||Paul Westerberg||Paul Westerberg||4:28|
|5.||"The Battle of Evermore" (live Led Zeppelin cover)||Jimmy Page and Robert Plant||The Lovemongers||5:41|
|6.||"Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns"||Andrew Wood, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Gregory Gilmore, and Bruce Fairweather||Mother Love Bone||8:16|
|7.||"Birth Ritual"||Matthew D. Cameron, Kim A. Thayil, and Christopher J. Cornell||Soundgarden||6:05|
|8.||"State of Love and Trust"||Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, and Jeff Ament||Pearl Jam||3:46|
|10.||"Waiting for Somebody"||Paul Westerberg||Paul Westerberg||3:25|
|11.||"May This Be Love"||Jimi Hendrix||The Jimi Hendrix Experience||3:10|
|12.||"Nearly Lost You"||Van Conner, Mark Lanegan, and Lee Conner||Screaming Trees||4:06|
|13.||"Drown"||Billy Corgan||The Smashing Pumpkins||8:17|
2017 reissue bonus tracks
|1.||"Touch Me I'm Dick"||Mudhoney||Citizen Dick (Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament)||3:00|
|2.||"Nowhere But You"||Chris Cornell||Chris Cornell||5:10|
|3.||"Spoon Man"||Chris Cornell||Chris Cornell||3:35|
|4.||"Flutter Girl"||Chris Cornell||Chris Cornell||6:23|
|5.||"Missing"||Chris Cornell||Chris Cornell||5:33|
|6.||"Would? (live)"||Jerry Cantrell||Alice In Chains||3:58|
|7.||"It Ain't Like That (live)"||Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney, Mike Starr||Alice In Chains||4:44|
|8.||"Birth Ritual (live)"||Chris Cornell, Matthew D. Cameron, and Kim A. Thayil||Soundgarden||5:27|
|9.||"Dyslexic Heart (acoustic)"||Paul Westerberg||Paul Westerberg||3:42|
|10.||"Waiting for Somebody (score acoustic)"||Paul Westerberg||Paul Westerberg||1:40|
|12.||"Heart and Lungs"||Truly||Truly||4:20|
|13.||"Six Foot Under"||Michael Anderson, Doug Day, Geoff Robinson, and Tracy Simmons||Blood Circus||3:51|
|14.||"Singles Blues I"||Mike McCready||Mike McCready||1:54|
|15.||"Blue Heart"||Paul Westerberg||Paul Westerberg||3:27|
|16.||"Lost In Emily's Woods"||Paul Westerberg||Paul Westerberg||1:44|
|17.||"Ferry Boat #3"||Chris Cornell||Chris Cornell||4:59|
|18.||"Score Piece #4"||Chris Cornell||Chris Cornell||2:05|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
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