The Virgin Suicides (score)

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The Virgin Suicides
Air - The Virgin Suicides.png
Film score by Air
Released 23 February 2000 (2000-02-23)
Recorded 1999
Genre
Length 40:27
Label
Producer Air
Air chronology
Moon Safari
(1998)
The Virgin Suicides
(2000)
10 000 Hz Legend
(2001)
Singles from The Virgin Suicides
  1. "Playground Love"
    Released: 17 January 2000[1]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
NME 8/10[5]
Pitchfork Media 7.2/10[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[8]

The Virgin Suicides is a score composed by French electronic music duo Air for the 1999 film of the same name by Sofia Coppola. It was released on 23 February 2000 by Virgin Records. The album was nominated for Best Soundtrack at the 2001 Brit Awards.[9] The French edition of Rolling Stone magazine placed The Virgin Suicides at number 49 on their list of the 100 essential French rock albums.[10] In 2011, British music magazine NME placed the album at number 11 on their 61 greatest soundtracks of all time list.[11]

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the film The Virgin Suicides, a deluxe edition of the album was released in June 2015 as a two-disc set and a super deluxe box set. The former contains two studio outtakes on disc one and a bonus disc of previously unreleased live recordings, while the latter includes the album on 180-gram red vinyl, an exclusive picture disc featuring previously unreleased live recordings, the "Playground Love" EP on 180-gram red vinyl, the two-disc deluxe edition of The Virgin Suicides on CD, a 16-page booklet featuring an unpublished Air interview, a film poster, a replica VIP laminate pass and a download card.[12][13][14]

Legacy[edit]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel except "Playground Love", written by Gordon Tracks, Godin and Dunckel.

No. Title Length
1. "Playground Love"   3:32
2. "Clouds Up"   1:30
3. "Bathroom Girl"   2:25
4. "Cemetary Party"   2:36
5. "Dark Messages"   2:28
6. "The Word 'Hurricane'"   2:33
7. "Dirty Trip"   6:12
8. "Highschool Lover" (theme from The Virgin Suicides) 2:42
9. "Afternoon Sister"   2:24
10. "Ghost Song"   2:16
11. "Empty House"   2:58
12. "Dead Bodies"   2:59
13. "Suicide Underground"   5:52

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Virgin Suicides.[17]

  • Air – production, recording
  • Stéphane "Alf" Briat – mixing
  • Hugo Ferran – saxophone (track 1)
  • Pascal Garnon – drum recording
  • Mike Mills – drawing
  • Brian Reitzell – drums (tracks 3, 6, 7, 12, 13)
  • Gordon Tracks – drums, vocals (track 1)

Gordon Tracks is a pseudonym of Phoenix lead singer Thomas Mars.[18]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000–01) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 37
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[20] 89
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 34
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 26
Irish Albums (IRMA)[23] 27
Scottish Albums (OCC)[24] 23
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 51
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 14
US Billboard 200[27] 161
Chart (2015) Peak
position
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[28] 27

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[29] Gold 113,000[30]
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
Japan 23 February 2000 Toshiba-EMI [16]
Germany 25 February 2000
[32]
France 28 February 2000 [33]
United Kingdom [34]
United States 29 February 2000 Astralwerks [35]
15th anniversary deluxe edition
Region Date Format Label Ref.
France 15 June 2015
[36][37][38]
United Kingdom [39][40][41]
Germany Digital download Parlophone [42]
United States 16 June 2015 [43]
Japan [44]
17 June 2015 2-CD Warner [45]
Australia 19 June 2015
  • 2-CD
  • box set
  • digital download
[46][47][48]
Germany
  • 2-CD
  • box set
[49][50]
United States 23 June 2015 2-CD
[51]

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