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The Rules of Attraction

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10/8/2002

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Screenwriter/director Roger Avary changed the time period of Bret Easton Ellis' second novel, The Rules of Attraction (the follow-up to Less Than Zero), from the mid-'80s to the present day for its 2002 movie adaptation, but no one seems to have bothered to tell Tomandandy, who wrote the film's music and, one presumes, assembled the pre-existing recordings used on the soundtrack, because the musical focus is still on the '80s. The Cure, Yaz (aka Yazoo), and Erasure help define an electronic dance rock score that also includes tracks by Blondie and Love and Rockets. There are also some oddities, such as Donovan's 1965 folk tune "Colours," Harry Nilsson's early-'70s hit cover of Badfinger's "Without You," and that wholesomely smutty mid-'70s folk-pop novelty hit "Afternoon Delight," all of which must have some meaning within the film, even if they don't make much sense mixed in with the other music on the soundtrack album. Reportedly, major labels vied for this soundtrack, but backed out, no doubt due to the inclusion of "Victor's European Vacation," actor Kip Pardue's recitation of a part of the script detailing an X-rated trip around the continent that also earns this album, finally issued on Lions Gate Records, a parental advisory sticker. Tomandandy's own music is more electronic dance rock. The album is thus a hard-edged souvenir for a hard-edged film. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Carol of the Bells Tomandandy 2:22
  3. 2 Six Different Ways The Cure 3:16
  4. 3 Out of the Races and on to the Tracks The Rapture 3:58
  5. 4 Colours Donovan 2:42
  6. 5 Situation Yaz 5:44
  7. 6 Sunday Girl Blondie 3:1
  8. 7 So Alive Love and Rockets 4:9
  9. 8 Pre-Saturday Night Party Party Tomandandy 4:31
  10. 9 Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band 3:11
  11. 10 Without You Harry Nilsson 3:18
  12. 11 European Vacation Tomandandy 3:57
  13. 12 The Gentleman Who Fell 4:36
  14. 13 Snow Theater/Final Steps Tomandandy 4:31
  15. 14 Stop Erasure 2:48
  16. 15 [Untitled Hidden Track] 0:6

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