Songs from the Vault

The last few editions of SFTV have been thematic, so it’s about time to return to a random edition.  So without any further preamble…

First up is a tune from the 1950s which has been covered on numerous occasions.  This version of You Belong to Me was recorded by Bob Dylan in 1992 but didn’t see the light of day until a couple of years later when it appeared on the soundtrack to the controversial movie Natural Born Killers.  The soundtrack version includes samples of NBK’s stars, Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis, which seems oddly fitting…

Original Soundtracks 1 was a project undertaken by U2 and Brian Eno.  With Eno contributing a significant share of the material it was decided that the album would be released under the name Passengers.  The 1995 album featured some great tunes, including Your Blue Room, and One Minute Warning, from the anime film of the same year, Ghost in the Shell.  The standout track for me, and the only single released from the album, is Miss Sarajevo which featured Luciano Pavarotti.  Like One Minute Warning, Miss Sarajevo also appeared within a film. Miss Sarajevo was a documentary about a beauty pageant held in Sarajevo, Bosnia, during the longest siege in modern warfare.  Not only is it the best track on OS1, it ranks amongst the best of U2’s catalogue…

While we’re in U2’s orbit let’s take a visit to Zooropa (1993), perhaps one of U2’s most overlooked albums.  Zooropa has some classic tracks, including Numb, Lemon, and Stay (Faraway, So Close!).  However, for this edition of SFTV I’m going for The First Time, which, like the previous song appeared within a movie (I think the movie theme ends here!), The Million Dollar Hotel.  There’s not too much to say about it, other than I really like the way the track builds from virtually nothing into a multi-layered soundscape…

Something completely different now.  Electronic was a 1990s band formed by and consisting of Bernard Sumner of New Order, and Johnny Marr from the Smiths.  Their self-titled debut album was released in 1991 and spawned a number of hit singles, including The Patience of a Saint, co-written by and featuring a typically deadpan Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys.  Unlike a lot of tunes from the early 90’s, this one’s stood the test of time…

Last up is a track from a very fine album of the 1990s, Placebo’s Without You I’m Nothing (1999).  The album features awesome tracks including Pure Morning, You Don’t Care About Us, and Summer’s Gone.  My favourite (on a par with You Don’t Care…), however, is My Sweet Prince.  It’s a pretty bleak track, referring to two relationships; one with another man and the other with heroin.  It’s musically bleak, too, but it’s the strength of Brian Molko’s vocals that make this a standout track…

I hope you enjoyed this selection of Songs from the Vault.  I promise something a bit more upbeat next time around!