Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Singles Soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
various artists
ReleasedJune 30, 1992
RecordedVarious dates
GenreGrunge, alternative rock, heavy metal, alternative metal
Length64:49
LabelEpic Soundtrax
Producervarious artists
Singles from Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Would?"
    Released: June 30, 1992
  2. "Drown"
    Released: June 30, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang!4/5 stars[2]

Singles is the original soundtrack album to the film Singles, primarily focused on the ascendant Seattle grunge scene of the early 1990s. It also features contributions from Minneapolis's Paul Westerberg (his first solo material after the breakup of The Replacements), Chicago's The Smashing Pumpkins, and past Seattle rockers Jimi Hendrix and The Lovemongers (Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart). 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 following Chris Cornell's death, although the release date had been announced in January.[3] The reissued soundtrack features a new mastering and a bonus disc of previously unreleased material, including previously rare Chris Cornell recordings. The reissue includes 18 bonus tracks in addition to the original 13-song soundtrack, and also new liner notes and track-by-track descriptions by Cameron Crowe, demos, instrumentals, and live recordings from the likes of 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.[3]

Overview[edit]

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."

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)ArtistLength
1."Would?"Jerry CantrellAlice in Chains3:27
2."Breath"Eddie Vedder and Stone GossardPearl Jam5:25
3."Seasons"Chris CornellChris Cornell5:45
4."Dyslexic Heart"Paul WesterbergPaul Westerberg4:28
5."The Battle of Evermore" (live Led Zeppelin cover)Jimmy Page and Robert PlantThe Lovemongers5:41
6."Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns"Andrew Wood, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Gregory Gilmore, and Bruce FairweatherMother Love Bone8:16
7."Birth Ritual"Matthew D. Cameron, Kim A. Thayil, and Christopher J. CornellSoundgarden6:05
8."State of Love and Trust"Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, and Jeff AmentPearl Jam3:46
9."Overblown"MudhoneyMudhoney2:58
10."Waiting for Somebody"Paul WesterbergPaul Westerberg3:25
11."May This Be Love"Jimi HendrixThe Jimi Hendrix Experience3:10
12."Nearly Lost You"Van Conner, Mark Lanegan, and Lee ConnerScreaming Trees4:06
13."Drown"Billy CorganThe Smashing Pumpkins8:17
Total length:64:49

2017 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Touch Me I’m Dick"Citizen Dick 
2."Nowhere But You"Chris Cornell 
3."Spoon Man"Chris Cornell 
4."Flutter Girl"Chris Cornell 
5."Missing"Chris Cornell 
6."Would?"Alice in Chains 
7."It Ain’t Like That"Alice in Chains 
8."Birth Ritual"Soundgarden 
9."Dyslexic Heart"Paul Westerberg 
10."Waiting for Somebody"Paul Westerberg 
11."Overblown"Mudhoney 
12."Heart and Lungs"Truly 
13."Six Foot Under"Blood Circus 
14."Singles Blues 1"Mike McCready 
15."Blue Heart"Paul Westerberg 
16."Lost in Emily’s Woods"Paul Westerberg 
17."Ferry Boat #3"Chris Cornell 
18."Score Piece #4"Chris Cornell 

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[4] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Singles (Original Soundtrack) review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  2. ^ Gitter, Mike (25 July 1992). "Various 'Singles Soundtrack'". Kerrang!. 402. London, UK: EMAP. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Singles soundtrack to be reissued in May with 18 bonus tracks, new liner notes from Cameron Crowe". Consequence of Sound. January 26, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "American album certifications – SOUNDTRACK – SINGLES". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2016-07-06. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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