The Virgin Suicides (score)

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The Virgin Suicides
Air - The Virgin Suicides.png
Film score by
Released23 February 2000 (2000-02-23)
Recorded1999
Genre
Length40:27
Label
ProducerAir
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[3]

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.[4] The French edition of Rolling Stone magazine placed The Virgin Suicides at number 49 on their list of the 100 essential French rock albums.[5] In 2014, NME placed the album at number 11 on their "61 of the Greatest Film Soundtracks Ever" list.[6] In 2019, Pitchfork placed the album at number 4 on their "Top 50 Best Movie Scores of All Time" list.[7]

On 3 June 2010, Air performed the full score with the band Hot Rats (with members of Supergrass) at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.[8]

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EP on 180-gram red vinyl, the two-disc deluxe edition of The Virgin Suicides on CD, a 16-page booklet featuring an unpublished Air interview, a film poster, a replica VIP laminate pass and a download card.[9][10][11]

Background[edit]

According to Jean-Benoît Dunckel, the album was recorded quickly. At first the music was inspired by the film and an attempt was made to synchronise the music with scenes from the film; towards the end of the process, the intention was to craft songs which could be listened to on their own.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[13]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[14]
Alternative Press4/5[15]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[16]
Melody Maker4/5 stars[17]
Muzik4/5 stars[18]
NME8/10[19]
Pitchfork7.2/10[2]
Q3/5 stars[20]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[21]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[22]

The Virgin Suicides received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 77, based on 16 reviews.[13]

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleLength
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
Japanese edition bonus tracks[23]
No.TitleLength
14."Bathroom Girl" (demo version)4:14
15."Playground Love" (vibraphone version)3:50

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Virgin Suicides.[24]

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000–01) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 37
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[27] 89
European Albums (Music & Media)[28] 31
French Albums (SNEP)[29] 34
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[30] 26
Irish Albums (IRMA)[31] 27
Scottish Albums (OCC)[32] 23
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 51
UK Albums (OCC)[34] 14
US Billboard 200[35] 161
Chart (2015) Peak
position
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[36] 27

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[37] Gold 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Gold 100,000^
United States 159,000[39]

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
Japan 23 February 2000 Toshiba-EMI [23]
Germany 25 February 2000
[40]
France 28 February 2000 [41]
United Kingdom [42]
United States 29 February 2000 Astralwerks [43]
15th anniversary deluxe edition
Region Date Format Label Ref.
France 15 June 2015
[44][45][46]
United Kingdom [47][48][49]
Germany Digital download Parlophone [50]
United States 16 June 2015 [51]
Japan [52]
17 June 2015 2-CD Warner [53]
Australia 19 June 2015
  • 2-CD
  • box set
  • digital download
[54][55][56]
Germany
  • 2-CD
  • box set
[57][58]
United States 23 June 2015 2-CD
[59]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gordon Tracks is a pseudonym of Phoenix lead singer Thomas Mars.[25]

References[edit]

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