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Posted on Friday, July 20, 2007 - 03:39 pm:   

On the ‘Auld Acquaintance’ thread Chris Bailey said:

When i was reading NPLT, i listened to the following.

John Frusciante- Carvel
The entirety of the Super Ae album by The Boredoms
Johnny Cash
Beach Boys - I wanna go home ( jant on the ship heh heh)
some Wagner
John Frusciante- Song to sing when i'm lonely - ( when Tern and Jant have the massive arguement)

I could go on for hours, but the librarian is trying to kick me off.
I do agree though that this series is very unique in its ability to remind me of music and songs.

Hi, Chris:

I can just see the caravels sailing on the open, calm ocean, one behind the other, in a cinematic shot. The camera pulls back until they are tiny, like the wonderful helicopter panning shots of the caravels in the film 1492 – although instead of Vangelis, the music is Beach Boys: I wanna go home. That is perfect for Castle. Modern music and caravels. We want to climb up to the tops of castle ramparts, live in towers and sail on caravels but we don’t want to have to wear ye olde silly clothes or listen to quaint music.

Or perhaps the backing track for the ships would be: California Dreaming – Mamas and Papas. I wish they’d used that in 1492 – it would have been funny and apt amusing. I’ll have California Dreaming for the panning shots of the Stormy Petrel and Melowne on the wide blue ocean.

Johnny Cash – also great. And I used Wagner to picture the Gabbleratchet in the third book. Some suggestions for the soundtracks of YOOW and NPLT are on the Auld Acquaintance thread. Here’s my choice for The Modern World:

Pulp – Common People (for Cyan in Hacilith)
Kaiser Chiefs – The Modern Way (for the chances the Castle offers)
Ride of the Valkyries – Wagner (the Ride of the Gabbleratchet, hoo!)
Gershwin – Summer Time (about Cyan)
Eminem – Lose Yourself (for the Castle’s obsession with competition)
New Model Army – Vagabonds (for Jant when he lived in Hacilith, with the gangs and the chemist’s shop)
Credence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Risin’ – For Lowespass
Velvet Underground – Venus in Furs (for Eleonora Tanager, Queen of Awia)
New Order –Ruined in a Day
Coil – Last Amethyst Deceiver (unbelievably perfect soundtrack for the Cathee and the ritual of Savory’s funeral)
Aerosmith – It’s Amazing (for Steph)
The Jam – The Modern World (background in chase through Hacilith)
Belly – Stay (last chapter, roll end credits)
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Chris Bailey
Posted on Monday, July 30, 2007 - 07:15 pm:   

California Dreaming would be quite cool, but sadly enough that song always reminds me of the M.A.S.H theme tune for some reason. Which is definately not appropriate.
I believe that the hawaii five o theme tune should feature somewhere within the soundtrack for the castle books.
Maybe when Jant is flying at some stage. Suitably epic.
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Posted on Monday, January 07, 2008 - 09:01 am:   

Oooh….. a special bit just for nerdy record collection anoraks …Hmmmm……Try this.

A soundtrack for “No Present Like Time”

All this crazy gift of time - Kevin Ayers (opening theme)
Lets fight - Lee Uhf
Give me just a little more time - Chairman of the board
Forever young - Interactive
Elizabethan reggae - Boris Gardner
Who is he (and what is he to you) - Creative source
Pusherman - Curtis Mayfield
Vacuum cleaner - Tintern Abbey
Sea cruise - Frankie Ford
What do you turn on when you turn on - Timothy Leary
Custom Machine - The Beach Boys
Tractor beam - Eat static
Theme from “The adventures of Robinson Crusoe”
Strangers from the sky - Kim Fowley
Happy People - The Temptations
I’m gonna run away from you - Tami Lynn
(We don’t need that) Fascist groove thang - Heaven 17
Go now - The Moody Blues
Fight the powers that be - The Isley Brothers
I’ve been hurt - Guy Darrel
Back door blues - Casey Bill Weldon
You’ve been cheatin’ - The Impressions
Everybody’s fucking but me - unknown artist
Want me cock - Owen and Leon Silvera
Here I go again - Archie Bell and the Drells
Hooligan - Count Lasher and the Baba Brooks band
Lets have a war - Fear
Nothing says party like her head on a stick - Killwitneydead
Fire brigade - The Move
Journey to the centre of the mind - The Amboy Dukes
Theme from “Stingray”
Loch Ness Monster - King Horror
Is it still good to ya - Teddy Pendergrass
How long is forever - Willie Nelson (closing theme)

Although I used the word ”soundtrack” at the top of this post, this is not intended for use in a film ,or as an accompaniment to the book.

Let me explain…It’s widely rumoured that if you put “The wizard of Oz” on the video and “Dark side of the moon” on the stereo, and start both at exactly the same moment, then all your friends will leave you, because they don’t want to be seen out with someone whose idea of a really good time is listening to the biggest cliché in rock and roll, whilst simultaneously watching the kind of movies that appeal only to aging bachelors who like musicals and have a thing for interior design.

That’s how this works. If there was a movie, and if you started it and this playlist at exactly the same moment, then after a while, an astonished audience would utter the words “turn that bloody music off, we can’t hear what their saying”
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Username: Brian

Post Number: 2
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 01:11 pm:   

The Modern World (unofficial soundtrack)

Modern world (opening theme) ... The Pogues
Welcome to my nightmare ... Alice Cooper
I feel the earth move ... Carol King
O death ... Ralph Stanley
The author and the architect ... Epicurean
Five feet high and rising ... Johnny Cash
She’s leaving home ... Richie Havens
Flying ... The Beatles
Downtown ... Petula Clark
Walking Through the Streets of my Mind ... Beethoven Soul
Baby, Now That I've Found You ... The Foundations
We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place ... The Animals
All grown up ... The Crystals
Get yourself home ... The Fairies
I wanna be a hippy (hardcore mix) ... Technohead
Hittin’ the bottle again ... John Lee Hooker
Beware Of The Man (With The Candy In His Hand)... The Dramatics
Beg4life ... Dr Mario
Somebody Get Me A Doctor ... Van Halen
Worms ... The Pogues
The Shift ... The Beach Boys
Ghost riders in the sky ... Johnny Cash
Jetsex ... Tonto's Expanding Headband
Circles ... Les Fleur De Lys
Swarm ... Badmarsh & Shri
My God can do anything ... Luther Barnes And The Red Budd Gospel Choir
Fuck religion, fuck politics, fuck the lot of you ... Chaotic Dischord
Marching off to war ... William Bell
Sign of the Queen ... Noel Harrison
Wrapped, tied and tangled ... Lavern Baker
Up yer bum ... Peter And The Test Tube Babies
You can't sit down ... The Phil Upchurch Combo
The King will come ... Wishbone Ash
The first time ever I saw your face ... Marcia Griffiths
Everlasting love ... Love Affair
Get Me to the Church on Time ... Tommy McCook & the Supersonics
To love is to bury ... Cowboy Junkies
Swords of a thousand men ... Tempole Tudor
Beetles in the bog ... War
Funky worm ... The Ohio Players
Run and hide ... Fairytale
Wall crawling giant insect breaks ... The Herbaliser
In your tower ... The poets
Big five ... Prince Buster
Only women bleed ... Carman Mcrae
The Dambusters march
We came through ... Scott Walker
Ain’t nothing but a house party ... The Showstoppers
Living in the past ... Jethro Tull
I’m a loser ... The Beatles
Everybody loves a winner ... Dandy
My heart’s not in it any more ... The Steinways
Evil woman ... Canned Heat
Get out of my life woman ... Lee Dorsey
We’ll remember you ... Houston Wells and the Outlaws
Steve threw up ... Beck
Be young, be foolish, but be happy (closing theme) ... The Tams
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Username: Steph_swainston

Post Number: 59
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 05:17 am:   

Brian, you certainly know your music. I'm not so good at music: I love the Pogues, Beatles, Johnny Cash... these are all so apt. Can't believe there's something called 'Wall crawling giant insect breaks'. Will find it on YouTube.

Last year's soundtrack was hammering and angle-grinding. Far too much noise pollution from the neighbours. And from my own house: new roof, new repointing in all the walls. I looped Vaughan Williams' Fantasia again and again... and again. It was the only thing that could drown out the builders and allow me to write.

Maybe I'll post my soundtrack for 'Above the Snowline' when the book's on the shelves.

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