828 867-2 Grosse Pointe Blank Soundtrack
Previously released material
Released on March 13, 1997
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I f the movie was half as good as the soundtrack, well, I probably would have seen the movie. I read on the Tweenternet (sorry, I’m just making up words now) that Joe Strummer picked the songs for the film. I can’t confirm that and John Cusack’s tastes probably run pretty similar, but I do know that Strummer wrote a new song for the film, “War Cry.” Which doesn’t appear on the soundtrack. Ouch. What does make it here is pretty special: a couple of Clash tracks; ska/reggae songs from The Specials, The English Beat, Johnny Nash and (sort of) The Jam; a great remix of Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open The Door;” the best song the Violent Femmes ever wrote (and later remixed for this film); the best song that Queen and David Bowie wrote together; GnR’s version of “Live & Let Die;” Faith No More’s hilarious “We Care A Lot;” and a neat track from Argentina’s Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. And there are plenty of great songs from the movie that never made it on here. Sometimes it seems that Cusack doesn’t make films so much as 90-minute music samplers. If you like 80s music and are contemplating buying some Best of the 80s compilation that has “Whip It” on it, lump it and buy this. You won’t find a better, more pleasantly eclectic dozen than are doled out here. But you can get these songs on the artists’ original albums without getting John Cusack’s smug fingerprints all over them. And really, at the end of the day, wouldn’t you rather own a disc that shows Paul Simonon smashing his guitar than John Cusack smirking in a skinny tie? Annoy wood.

828 867-2 back cover
828 867-2 back cover


  1. Violent Femmes: BLISTER IN THE SUN    (Gordon Gano)    2:07
  2. The Clash: RUDIE CAN'T FAIL    (Joe Strummer/Mick Jones)    3:29
  3. The English Beat: MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM    (The English Beat)    3:06
  4. David Bowie & Queen: UNDER PRESSURE    (David Bowie/Freddie Mercury/Roger Taylor/John Deacon/Brian May)    4:02
  5. Johnny Nash: I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW    (Johnny Nash)    2:44
  6. Guns N' Roses: LIVE & LET DIE    (Paul McCartney)    3:02
  7. Faith No More: WE CARE A LOT    (Faith No More)    4:02
  8. The Specials: PRESSURE DROP    (Toots Hibbert)    4:18
  9. The Jam: ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS    (Paul Weller)    2:49
  10. The Clash: ARMAGIDEON TIME    (Clement Dodd/Willie Williams)    3:50
  11. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs: EL MATADOR    (Flavio Cianciarulo)    4:33
  12. Pete Townshend: LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR (E. COLA MIX)    (Pete Townshend)    4:56
  13. Violent Femmes: BLISTER 2000    (Gordon Gano)    2:57


David Bowie --
The Clash --
The English Beat --
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs --
Faith No More --
Guns N' Roses --
The Jam --
Johnny Nash --
Queen --
The Specials --
Pete Townshend --
Violent Femmes --
Kathy Nelson -- music supervisor
Christine Edwards -- soundtrack coordinator
Sharlotte Blake -- executive producer

US March 13, 1997 London CD 828 867-2  


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