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Carlos pt. 1

Submitted by admin on October 27, 2010 – 10:10 pmNo Comment

In 2005 the Rice Media Center ran a retrospective of French director Olivier Assayas’ films from the 1980s and 1990s. While Assayas didn’t appear in person he did send a list of songs to play before each film; a kind of remote mix tape of mostly new wave style pop. It’s not surprising that his newest film Carlos has a wall-to-wall new wave soundtrack.

To give an example of where Assayas’ music influences lie check this out. In the flyer handed out during the Assayas retro the following films had a pre-show program that consisted of:

DISORDER (1986)

1.  Ceremony – New Order

2.  Final Solution – Pere Ubu

3.  Darklands – Jesus and Mary Chain

4.  L’Rectangle – Jacno

5.  Sonic Reducer – The Dead Boys

6.  Velvet Underground – Jonathan Richman

7.  Ring of Fire – Wall of Voodoo

8.  Another Girl, Another Planet – The Only Ones

9.  Anthrax – Gang of Four

10. 12XU – Wire

WINTER’S CHILD (1989)

1.  United – Throbbing Grislte

2.  TVOD – The Normal

3.  Atmosphere – Joy Division

4.  Nyah Keith – Burning Spear

5.  Warm Leatherette – The Normal

6.  Johnny Mathis’ Feet – American Music Club

7.  Bewitched – Luna

8.  Life in Vain – Daniel Johnson

9.  Everything Merges With The Night – Brian Eno

10.  Rudy With A Flashlight – Evan Dando

PARIS AWAKENS (1991)

1.  Young Parisians – Adam and the Ants

2.  The Girl in Paris – Lee Hazlewood

3.  Viva la Magababes – Shampoo

4.  Circus Mirror – Pink Floyd

5.  The Water Song – The Incredible String Band

6.  San Franciscan Nights – Eric Burdon and the New Animals

7.  Glastobury Revisited – Cosmic Rough Riders

8.  Why Are We Sleeping – The Soft Machine

9.  Jenifer Juniper – Donovan

10.Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes – Kevin Ayers

11. Chelsea Girls – Nico

A NEW LIFE (1993)

1. Rust – Ministry

2. Ear To The Ground – Heather Nova

3. Dying on the Vine – John Cale

4. Kowalski – Primal Scream

5. Dream – Forest For The Trees

6. The Northern Line – Opal

7. Dark Globe – Syd Barrett

8. Last Stop: This Town – The Eels

9. Gluefoot – Vic Chesnutt

10. Lindy Lou – The 6ths

11. Zyklon B Zombie – Throbbing Gristle

Part two of Carlos next week on the Free Press Houston website.

- Michael Bergeron

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