The Top of His Head (soundtrack)

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The Top of His Head
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Soundtrack album by Fred Frith
Released 1989 (1989)
Recorded 1988, Canada
Genre Avant-rock
Length 43:53 (LP)
51:29 (CD)
Label Crammed (Belgium)
Producer Fred Frith
Fred Frith chronology
The Technology of Tears
The Top of His Head
Step Across the Border

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, Quebec, 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 "The Long Drive". 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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

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

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Fred Frith except where stated.

LP release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Title Theme" 1:49
2. "Wheels Within" 2:31
3. "Hold on Hold" 2:22
4. "Lucy Leaves a Note" 2:25
5. "Gus Escapes" 2:19
6. "Gravity's a Rule" 2:15
7. "Channel Change" 3:20
8. "Orbit" 1:24
9. "Fall to Call" 3:52
Side two
No. Title Length
10. "Underwater Dream" 2:29
11. "This Old Earth" (Siberry) 3:21
12. "Donuts" 2:54
13. "Lucy" 2:05
14. "The Premonition" 1:26
15. "Questions and Answers" 2:47
16. "The Performance" 2:56
17. "The Way You Look Tonight" (Kern, Fields) / "Title Theme (Conclusion)" 3:38

CD release[edit]



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

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