Thursday, October 17, 2013

CD Review: "CBGB" Gets Immortalized With Movie And Soundtrack

From the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties, New York City was the punk mecca of the world. A country, bluegrass, blues bar named CBGB was the host to loads of underground bands that became huge international sensations. Some of the bands that got their start at CBGBs include The Talking Heads, Blondie, The Ramones and The Police just to name a few.
In 2006 the club closed its doors forever and a chapter in music history was finished. Now, this year we get the first official movie entitled "CBGB" about how this iconic place got its start and all the people involved with making it what it eventually became known as to other generations. In association with the movie, we get one of the greatest soundtracks every compiled. "CBGB Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" was released on October 8th through Omnivore Records and complies 20 songs, some of which were signature hits for the bands that once graced the stage of CBGBs.
The soundtrack starts out with a couple of well-known songs from the Talking Heads ("Life During Wartime") and the MC5s ("Kick Out The Jams"). Then the album dives into some of the more underground punk bands of the late-seventies including the New York Dolls ("Chatterbox") and The Flamin' Groovies ("Slow Death"). This soundtrack, and movie, reminds you of how many iconic bands got their start there on their way to become some of the biggest bands in history. It's great hearing The Velvet Underground and The Stooges next to The Count Five and Dead Boys (who appear twice on the soundtrack). Also included is a newly recorded version of Blondie's "Sunday Girl." The album closes with the crossover pop/punk hit "Roxanne" by The Police and one of the newer recordings on the album by CBGB club owner Hilly Kristal.
The movie, "CBGB" was released in select theaters on October 11 and the soundtrack is available now on CD, digital and in translucent pink vinyl. For more information, please visit

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