Fire and Water Records: Soundtrack Selections 9

Fire and Water Records is back by popular demand... or the guest's demand, to be more precise. Ryan Daly submits to Andrew Leyland's indomitable will to be on Soundtrack Selections volume 9. Run through the streets of Scotland or drive through the hills of Italy. Swing from the tallest New York skyscrapers while a ferocious monster terrorizes London's porno district. Groove to that futuristic disco beat and save the galaxy with punk rock. All that and more, plus: Queen, James Bond, and the most superfluous scene in Rocky IV!

Track list

  1. “Lust for Life” by Iggy Pop from Trainspotting
  2. “No Easy Way Out” by Robert Tepper from Rocky IV
  3. “Don't Stop Me Now” by Queen from Shaun of the Dead
  4. “What's Up Danger” by Blackway and Black Caviar from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  5. “You Know My Name” by Chris Cornell from Casino Royale
  6. “Moondance” by Van Morrison from An American Werewolf in London
  7. “Something Kinda Funky” by Stu Phillips from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  8. “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways from Guardians of the Galaxy
  9. “You Give a Little Love” by Paul Williams from Bugsy Malone
  10. “La Bamba” by Los Lobos from La Bamba
  11. “Getta Bloomin' Move On! (The Self-Preservation Society)” by Quincy Jones from The Italian Job

Additional music by Ray Parker, Jr.; The Soggy Bottom Boys; Whitney Houston; Prince; Will Smith; Madonna; Seal; Irena Cara.

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14 responses to “Fire and Water Records: Soundtrack Selections 9

  1. Can’t get enough of these shows!

    Firstly, Queen. Yes, DSMN wasn’t a household number as it’s experienced a resurgence in recent years. Maybe it was that zombie movie? who knows. But it’s always good to get a song about coked-up sex binges out there!

    What’s up, danger! that’s my entrance music.

    Andrew is, as always, just a delight. And it’s always good to hear Ryan talk about something other than Star Wars, Shuri, or Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) – though that happened here, too.

    1. Dude, it was my wedding song! I really lobbied for Flash, but the dialogue bits make it clunky for mass consumption.

      My other strong choice was Princes of the Universe.

  2. Great show fellas! Angela telling Andy his mom looked like Jenny Agutter is just cruel and unusual punishment. She going to tell you Phoebe Cates looked like your grandma next?

    I think our next Patreon strech goal should be to get Ryan to watch Flash Gordon and Highlander, with live-recorded commentaries.


    1. Whilst I could give two hoots about Highlander, I would definitely contribute to stretch goals to get Ryan watching both Flash Gordon and Bugsy Malone.
      Hats off to Andy for picking songs to bemuse & befuddle an American audience: Bugsy Malone & The Italian Job are quintessential elements of a British upbringing.

      And There Was Never. A. Remake. Of. The. Italian. Job.


  3. 1. I’m pretty sure I was introduced to Iggy Pop as an abstract concept first, when his name was used as a punchline in promos from the 1986 syndicated comedy Throb. It was about a thirtysomething single mom who goes to work and a record company, and I think the line was something like “She thought Iggy Pop was a soda!” Anyway, “Wild One” was a modest hit around the same time, and got used in movies like Adventures in Babysitting, so that was probably my sonic introduction. In his physical incarnation, it was probably John Waters’ Cry-Baby, which my mom caught on home video, probably because Hairspray was one of her favorite movies. I saw Iggy scrubbing his lanky body in a wash tub and admired his physique as one I could strive for (purely in theory rather than practice, mind.) I also rather enjoyed his duet with Kate Pierson of The B-52’s, “Candy,” which got a decent amount of airplay at a time when I actually had MTV. I think they ran some Stooges retrospective footage on one of ABC’s attempts at their own Friday Night Videos, probably in context to a spotlight feature on Henry Rollins with a mere side of punk. So I like Iggy Pop, and was familiar enough by the time “Lust for Life” broke big from Trainspotting to be like “that’s my boy,” but probably an overreach in familiarity on my part. I believe I finally learned this year that “Of course I’ve had it in the ear before” is neither a drug nor a sex reference as I’d always assumed.

    2. My girlfriend talked me into watching Rocky IV sometime in the past decade, and that’ll never happen again.

    3. I caught Shaun of the Dead theatrically with Mac, and we were both disappointed in it. Seen again either in its entirety or bits and pieces (query not statement of fact) and warmed to it a bit more, but the sad truth is that the only Edgar Wright movie that I genuinely liked was Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I still associate “Don’t Stop Me Now” with that one scene, but it’s not remotely my favorite Queen song, either. I’m probably just missing the joke, but “Who Wants to Live Forever” is the obvious Highlander wedding song (and I say this with all the weight having toured Eilean Donan lends. I’d offer pictures, but Mac said that I looked like “Paul McCartney’s mom.”)

    4. I’d meant to do a Marvel Super Heroes Podcast where I’d have thrown Far From Home and Venom together with Into the Spider-Verse and then rank them in an order that would strongly favor Miles Morales. “What’s Up Danger” scores one of the great heroic moments in the genre.

    5. I get offended by the mention of “You Know My Name,” but I acknowledge that there are some people who rate it highly. Did the italics sell my disdain? Earlier this year, I ranked it #38 in my expanded Bond list, after having previously rated it dead last among Bond themes.

    6. Fuck Van Morrison.

    7. Speaking of fucking, when we started Buck F’n Rogers I listened to a lot of music from and inspired by the series. It’s easy to get into a groove with that going in the background, and the material has been sampled for some solid dance tracks.

    8. I’m sure that I got introduced to “Cherry Bomb” from a trailer or movie, and I’ll be damned if I can tell you which, but it sure as hell wasn’t a Marvel movie. Our podcast on Captain Marvel featured nothing but musical cues by the same or related artists that I liked and thought would have worked better than the filmmaker’s selections.

    9. Bugsy Malone was a peculiar oddity that ran once or twice locally when I was a kid and got a mention in one of the Scholastic magazines I read (probably Dynamite.) It is very much not a thing in the States the way it appears to be across the pond. If they had “Name a Jodie Foster Movie” on Family Feud and you guessed this, the survey would say [X]. Something about it always skeeved me out, so I never watched more than a few minutes. Andy had me halfway convinced to stream it until he said a name that vaguely resembled “Scott Baio,” and now there’s no way that will ever transpire. I’d argue that The Commitments is vastly more accessible, and Mississippi Burning is undeniably Alan Parker’s best film.

    10. I feel like “La Bamba” is the “I would have voted for Obama a third time” of the Chicano community. I’m fond of the movie, and even based one of my personally created super-heroes on a cross between Phillips & Morales. Yeah, I know Phillips is Filipino, but I dug his look. The flick played a lot on UHF in Houston, so I know Ryan forgot about the childhood incident where a midair accident killed several of Ritchie’s friends, his noted fear of flying, his prophetic dreams, and the lost necklace that foretells his passing. Not to be cruel, but my favorite song in the bio-pic (“Sleep Walk”) isn’t by Valens, and overall I preferred the Big Bopper (“Chantilly Lace” was a childhood favorite.) I do think his was one of the more affecting post-mortem sequences in cinema. I make fun of Bob screaming “Ritchie” to the heavens every time I find myself on Richey Street in South Houston, but it still gives me chills when I watch it.

    11. We had a poster up for the Italian Job remake when I worked at the video store, and I remember it being a decent sized hit at the time. Maybe it fell down the memory hole? Of all the British caper flicks, I guess the one most lionized here would be Snatch?

    1. I’ll say this, “Young Guns” and its sequel was known was “Chavez and Friends” in El Paso. La Bamba generated a tremendous wave of brown good will and is a transformative, important movie for us.

      1. I should have been clearer that I meant “La Bamba” the song in that first line, not the movie. I launched right into talking about the movie, so I badly garbling the intent. I would not speak ill of the movie any more than I’d take a run at Selena or Blood In Blood Out. The song “La Bamba” always struck me as cringey because for so long that was one of the few points of reference for Latin music in white culture. It’s like the pop music equivalent of a La Cucaracha car horn.

  4. Well done, gentlemen! It’s always great to hear Mr.Leyland on the network and it was great to hear some of his picks. The gleeful laughter leading into “Something Kinda Funky” was worth the price of admission.

    I’m a huge fan of Paul Williams so it was great to hear more songs from him on this episode. That man knows how to write a tune!

    I’ve really been enjoying the guests picks as well as yours, Ryan, so keep up the great work!

  5. 1. Trainspotting is wall to wall great music, and while I wouldn’t say that’s where T2 fails, we’re just in a different era, and maybe it’s not longer MY music. Born Slippy is what I most associate with it though. (I agree, Danny Boyle has never failed me either.)

    5. Your talk about Chris Cornell/Casino Royale made me watch both Casino Royale and Skyfall. Hope you’re happy. (And why wouldn’t you be?)

    10. I saw La Bamba in the theater at the time, and yeah it was everywhere. I didn’t know Richie was going to die at the end. I’m not sure I even realized it was a biopic.

    11. I didn’t realize the original Italian Job wasn’t a thing in the States. Maybe I’m just enough of a fan of heist movies for it to have been on my radar. Feel like the sequel (yes, it’s not a remake, it’s a second story for the protagonist, i.e. that load of gold) was referenced a lot in the marketing when it came out. Next you’re gonna tell me you think the original Ocean’s 11 was a Soderbergh picture.

    Great to hear a new soundtrack selections!

    “La Bamba” by Los Lobos from La Bamba
    “Getta Bloomin’ Move On! (The Self-Preservation Society)” by Quincy Jones from The Italian Job

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