Until the End of the World (soundtrack)

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Until the End of the World: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album from the film Until the End of the World by
Various artists
ReleasedDecember 10, 1991
LabelWarner Bros.
Singles from Until the End of the World: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Sax and Violins"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Until the End of the World: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack is a soundtrack album to the film of the same name, released in 1991 on Warner Bros. Records.

With one exception, the songs were created specifically for the film and debuted in it, although some appeared on subsequent albums or greatest hits albums by the participating artists.[2] U2's "Until the End of the World", had been previously released on that band's 1991 album Achtung Baby, albeit in a different version.[3][4] In commissioning the songs, Wenders asked the musicians to anticipate the kind of music they would be making a decade later, when the film was set.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Graeme Revell: "Opening Titles" (Revell) (Solo cello performed by David Darling) – 1:59
  2. Talking Heads: "Sax and Violins" (David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth) – 5:18
  3. Julee Cruise: "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears" (Jack Lloyd, Ben Weisman, Fred Wise) – 2:37
  4. Neneh Cherry: "Move With Me (Dub)" (Cherry, Cameron McVey) – 2:58
  5. Crime and the City Solution: "The Adversary" (Bronwyn Adams, Simon Bonney, Chris Haas, Alexander Hacke, Mick Harvey, Thomas Stern) – 5:32
  6. Lou Reed: "What's Good" (Reed) – 5:07
  7. Can: "Last Night Sleep" (Malcolm Mooney, Jaki Liebezeit, Michael Karoli, Irmin Schmidt) – 3:35
  8. R.E.M.: "Fretless" (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and featuring Kate Pierson) – 4:49
  9. Elvis Costello: "Days" (Ray Davies) – 4:49
  10. Graeme Revell: "Claire's Theme" (Revell) (Solo cello performed by David Darling) – 0:51
  11. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: "(I'll Love You) Till the End of the World" (Nick Cave) – 4:38
  12. Patti Smith and Fred "Sonic" Smith: "It Takes Time" (Smith, Smith) – 5:00
  13. Depeche Mode: "Death's Door" (Martin Gore) – 3:53
  14. Graeme Revell: "Love Theme" (Revell) (Solo cello performed by David Darling) – 0:45
  15. Jane Siberry and k.d. lang: "Calling All Angels" (Siberry) – 5:11
  16. T-Bone Burnett: "Humans from Earth" (Burnett) – 3:07
  17. Daniel Lanois: "Sleeping in the Devil's Bed" (Lanois) – 3:50
  18. U2: "Until the End of the World" (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.) – 4:33
  19. Graeme Revell: "Finale" (Revell) (Solo cello performed by David Darling) – 0:58

Additional music[edit]

Other music, used in the film, did not appear on the soundtrack album:

  • Peter Gabriel: "Blood of Eden" (standard version appeared on his album Us, 1992; the mix for Until the End of the World was included on disc one of a set of "Blood of Eden" CD singles, 1993)
  • Robbie Robertson: "Breakin the Rules" (appeared on his album Storyville, 1991)
  • Neneh Cherry: "Move with Me" (appeared on her album Homebrew, 1993)
  • U2: "Until the End of the World" (The soundtrack album includes a second version of the song, which features a different intro and more percussion. The version used in the film is that appearing on Achtung Baby, 1991.)
  • Gondwanaland: "Lagoons" (appeared on their album Wide Skies, 1992)
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams: "Travelin' Light" (appeared on their album It's the Talk of the Town and Other Sad Songs, 1985)
  • Chubby Checker: "The Twist"
  • Elvis Presley: "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears" (first appeared on the compilation Elvis for Everyone, 1965)
  • Laurent Petitgand: "La Vieil Homme De La Mer" (English translation "The Old Man from the Sea")

The Aka Pygmy and Indigenous Australian music used in the film are from field recordings from two collections: Centrafrique: Anthologie de la musique des Pygmées Aka, 1978, and Les Aborigènes: Chants et danses de l'Australie du nord, 1979, respectively.

  • "Mo boma", "Nze-Nze-Nze" and "Kulu-Kulu" from Anthologie de la Musique des Pygmées Aka
  • "Galkan", from Chants et Danses de L'Australie du Nord


Chart (1992) Position
US Billboard 200[6] 114

Release history[edit]

Year Label Format Catalog
1991 Warner Bros. Records CD 2-26707


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ * Until the End of the World at AllMusic
  3. ^ Vishnevetsky, Ignatiy. "The 'Until the End of the World' Soundtrack Promised A Hipper Future". A.V. Club. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Until the End of the World Soundtrack". U2 Wanderer. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  5. ^ "The Until The End Of The World soundtrack promised a hipper future". Film. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  6. ^ "Until The End Of The World Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2020.

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