film reelI’m not sure if you’re aware, but this weekend marks my first anniversary writing for Popdose. I can’t believe it’s been a year already! I also can’t believe I haven’t run out of movies to write about yet. Pretty soon I’m going to have to remake some of my earlier posts with younger, more modern (you know, shittier) words.

I want to thank everyone who reads this column whether you comment on the posts or not. I truly do appreciate the fact that you guys seem to get my sense of humor and enjoy most of the movies I’ve chosen to write about. I also want to thank the rest of the Popdose staff for welcoming me into the fold. You guys are the best.

So, since this is my anniversary, and since this is Labor Day weekend, I’ve decided I want to take it easy. Instead of devoting a post to one movie and spending hours rewatching the film, researching trivia about it, and finding songs from its soundtrack, I decided to do something a little different — I’ve made a mix of songs from a bunch of different movies. How do you like them apples, huh?

Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “That lazy bitch!” But the thing is, I’ve wanted to do this for some time. I don’t know if you realize how tough it is sometimes for me to figure out what each post is going to be about. It’s not as simple as just choosing a movie I like; I also want to make sure I’m not writing about a soundtrack that’s super easy to find. I mean, where’s the fun in that?

It doesn’t mean I won’t write about an easy-to-find soundtrack here and there, but for the most part I’ve tasked myself with trying to write about the incomplete or harder-to-find soundtracks, which means sometimes it takes me forever to put a post together. I wish I had some kind of magical movie-soundtrack vault, but I don’t — I usually have to do some serious digging before I find what I want to find.

There are a lot of movies I want to write about, but either they don’t contain that many songs or their soundtrack albums are still in print and very easy to find, which pretty much disqualifies them for Soundtrack Saturday. So, I decided a mix would be a good way to provide you with some soundtrack songs I love that may never show up in this column in a regular post. Plus, I know you guys love mixes, so I figured I’d give you what you want without too many pesky words to read. You may see the full soundtracks that some of these songs come from in this space at some point, but don’t hold your breath. And don’t be surprised if you see another one of these mixes somewhere down the road.

Fire, Inc. – Nowhere Fast (from Streets of Fire)
Mick Smiley – Magic (from Ghostbusters)
Lene Lovich – Breaking the Rules (Opposites Attract) (from Tuff Turf)
Madonna – Gambler (from Vision Quest)
Q-Feel – Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop) (from Girls Just Want to Have Fun)
Deee-Lite – You Sexy Thing (from Dumb and Dumber)
Stephanie Mills – Bit by Bit (from Fletch)
Alisha – Do You Dream About Me? (from Mannequin)
Cyndi Lauper – Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China) (from Vibes)
Lindsey Buckingham – Time Bomb Town (from Back to the Future)
David Bowie – Within You (from Labyrinth)
Willy DeVille – Storybook Love (from The Princess Bride)
Tori Amos – Butterfly (from Higher Learning)
Wendy & Lisa – This Is the Life (from Dangerous Minds)
Bonnie Raitt – It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (from Steal This Movie)
Angelo Badalamenti – The Pink Room (from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me)
Peter Gabriel and Thomas Dolby – Little Light of Love (from The Fifth Element)
Pete Droge & the Sinners – Beautiful Girl (from Beautiful Girls)

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Kelly Stitzel

After shutting down her own blog, Looking at Them, in mid-2008, Kelly migrated over to Popdose, bringing with her Soundtrack Saturday, the most popular column from her old site. Kelly makes a living as a fashion and marketing copywriter, which takes up a lot of her time. However, when she is able to write about things that have nothing to do with her day job, she contributes reviews and musings on music, film and a variety of other topics. In addition to Soundtrack Saturday, columns she's written include Filminism and Pulling Rank.

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