Reason #336 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Repo Man OST

Repo-Man-Cover-1This is most likely my favorite soundtrack of the 1980’s, aside from Bladerunner. This soundtrack, so far as I know, is the only place one can find the title track by Iggy Pop, a personal favorite that wouldn’t have been out of place on Kill City. It is joined by another 10 quality songs that run the gamut: early hardcore (Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear, Suicidal Tendencies), whatever the hell you’d classify Johnathan Richmond’s Pablo Picasso (covered here by Burning Sensations), Mexican surf rock (The Plugz amazing and funny cover of Secret Agent Man, Hombre Secreto!), and some spoken dialogue soul (Juicy Bananas’ Bad Man).

The film itself is genius; likewise the soundtrack. Both set the template for the first few Quentin Tarantino films and soundtracks. But Alex Cox beat him to it by a little under a decade. And it’s a “Michael Nesmith Production”. I have more and more respect for that guy each and every year (his solo stuff is very under rated…but that’s another post for another blog!).

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