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The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

I've never actually seen The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990) but I think it might be in the running for the best Glam soundtrack of all time.

Check out these tracks:

Cradle of Love         - Billy Idol
Sea Cruise             - Dion
Funky Attitude        - Sheila E
Glad to be Alive      -  Lisa Fisher
Can't Get Enough    - Tone Loc
Rock N' Roll Junkie  - Motley Crue
I Ain't Got You         - Andrew Dice Clay
Last Time in Paris    - Queensryche
Unbelievable             - Yello
Wind Cries Mary      - Richie Sambora

Ok, so it's not all Glam, but there's still some good music here. If you're not familiar, Vince Neil had an acting role in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. I can't actually talk about the plot since I haven't seen the film, but I'm sure you can look it up on Wikipedia. Anyway, I'm a big fan of both the Motley Crue and Queensryche tracks. In fact, I have both on my iPod. In addition to the movie soundtrack, you can get "Rock N' Roll Junkie" on the Motley Crue version of the 20th Century Masters collection as well as Decade of Decadence

The cool thing about Queensryche is that they actually perform "Last Time in Paris" live from time to time. It's not as dark as a lot of their stuff so that makes it a good concert tune. I found a clip of Queensryche performing the song live back during the Empire tour.  Lead singer Geoff Tate sort of looks like he's having a good time. Seeing him smile and sing next to former guitarist Chris DeGarmo warms my heart. Watch for yourself.


Tell me that wasn't a cool Queensryche clip! I know the band is planning on doing Operation: Mindcrime in full at Rocklahoma next month, but I've heard they will also do some extra songs after the rock opera. I hope "Last Time in Paris" is on the set list. I know DeGarmo won't be there in person but in my mind, he'll be there in spirit.

As for Motley, I'm not sure if they ever perform "Rock N' Roll Junkie" live, but if I had my way they'd drop their cover of "Anarchy in the U.K." for this tune. This song has such a great bass intro that I had to stop writing and get up and learn the opening riff. It's not too hard for a novice like me. Take a listen.

I will say the Sambora cover isn't as good as the original but it's awfully hard to improve upon Jimi Hendrix. I mean, it just can't be done. Still, I'd rate Sambora's work over the pop tunes on this disc and still call The Adventures of Ford Fairlane a more than solid soundtrack.

*** If you've actually seen the film, please tell me: do the songs match the action? 

Reader Comments (11)

That does have a couple good songs on it. I've never actually seen the movie either.
But I think the best "glam" or 80's rock soundtrack is on the video game, "Grand Theft Auto Vice City".
Here is the track listing;

Twisted Sister - "I Wanna Rock"
Mötley Crüe - "Too Young to Fall in Love"
Quiet Riot - "Cum on Feel the Noize"
The Cult - "She Sells Sanctuary"
Ozzy Osbourne - "Bark At The Moon"
Rockstar's Love Fist - "Dangerous Bastard"
Iron Maiden - "2 Minutes to Midnight"
Loverboy - "Working for the Weekend"
Alcatrazz - "God Blessed Video"
Tesla - "Comin' Atcha Live"
Autograph - "Turn Up the Radio"
Megadeth - "Peace Sells"
Anthrax - "Madhouse"
Slayer - "Raining Blood"
Judas Priest - "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
Rockstar's Love Fist - "Fist Fury"
David Lee Roth - "Yankee Rose"

Now, how about that for a soundtrack?! ;)
June 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
actually Ford Fairlane is one of my favorite movies ever! it's kind of a raunchier Ace Ventura and instead of the pet business, he's a rock n roll detective. I quote this movie all the time, check it out Allyson.
June 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJUSTICE
Oh yeah, and about Queensryche. I have their recent LIVE DVD called, "Mindcrime at the Moore"...where they play both Operation Mindrcime 1 & 2 in full.

For an encore, they only play 2 more tracks for different albums; "Walk In The Shadows"(Rage for Order), and "Jet City Woman"(Empire). I love both songs by the way...

Queensryche is awesome live, and should put on a great show at Rocklahoma!

Just thought I'd let you know...but the set-list might change every so often, we'll see.

Purchase "Mindcrime at the Moore" at this location;
June 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Top Movie after all Dice Rules!!! and who could forget Vince Neils brief appearance as rocker Bobby Black and the murder of Zuzu Petals at the gig.
June 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBillyKiss
HAHAHA!!!!!...I love Ford Fairlane...Allyson you'll love it..It's hilarious..I was watching this the other night too =)
June 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
What about Bill & Ted or Less Than Zero? Those are some classic soundtracks.
June 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJT
June 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterALEXX
i would call that barely glam. the crue and who else?
June 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlosdude
Ford Fairlaine is my hero.True cult!A car chase whith shootin' on a graveyard,a koala send by INXS hung on a ceilingfan and the shy girl gets the man "Mr Rock'n Roll Detective" Ford Fairlane himself,ofcourse.Briliant movie!
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