RIYL: early 70s glam and proto punk, mid to late 90s brit pop

Label: MVD Audio / Island Records

I have absolutely no idea how this slipped past my radar, but holy hell…here it is.  One of the greatest and certainly one of the most underappreciated soundtracks in history, Velvet Goldmine, has finally found a label interested enough to put it out on vinyl.  Say what you want about the film (I love it), but the soundtrack is about as epic of a production as you could get in the 90s, a cross-pollination of glam staples from T-Rextacy era Britain and 90s Britpop and Alt Rock artists.  Pre-ambient Brian Eno tarts the stage right next to Teenage Fanclub.  Marc Bolan boogies hip to hip with Pulp.  For a teenage anglophile such as myself, this was f-ing heaven.

For the uninitiated, Velvet Goldmine tells the kinda sorta fictional tale of Brian Slade and Curt Wilde and their influence on youth culture in the early 70s.  Slade represents David Bowie, Jobriath and a few other glam icons from the UK, Wilde represents Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and the burgeoning proto punk wave oozing out of New York.  Slade’s fictional band in the film, The Venus in Furs, is made up of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood, Suede’s Bernard Butler and Roxy Music’s Andy Mackay among others.  Wilde’s band, Wylde Ratttz, is made up of The Stooges’ Ron Asheton. Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and many more.  It’s non-stop perfection here.  Shudder to Think provides a tune, Placebo covers a T.Rex song, Grant Lee Buffalo appears, Pulp throws a b-side onto it…seriously, this monolith of a soundtrack is way too good to ignore.  And it HAS been ignored for far too long.  Let’s hope this vinyl production turns a few new listeners onto it.  In the meantime, grab a copy of the wax at various distros online.  I’m sure your favorite one has a few copies, but not for long!  Get to it or get out of the way.

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
-Oscar Wilde






The Details

First time on vinyl for this glam drenched soundtrack featuring Placebo, Shudder to Think, Lou Reed, The Venus In Furs (featuring members of Radiohead and Roxy Music), T Rex, Pulp and more.

Blue/Orange vinyl pressing of 1500 copies

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Price $35

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