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To Live and Die in L.A.

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Album Review

This nine-track score for William Friedken's violent flick To Live and Die in LA will appeal to those who enjoy the more dramatic spheres of Wang Chung's music. While the single and title track are pleasant enough, things get gritty with "Every Big City" and the moody atmosphere of "City of the Angels." "Wake up Stop Dreaming" could easily have been a second single and "Lullaby" is also a catchy filmic ditty which seems at odds with the rest of the album, but engages nonetheless. A good budget-priced recording for those with the right set of ears.

Customer Reviews

An excellent film with a soundtrack to match

I used to have a roommate (Mike Hamer) who had a weird habit. He would put this album on full blast, and sync it up to the beginning of the movie. Somehow he could get them perfectly in sync and the whole first track would open the movie. I must admit, it was pretty cool with the stereo on 10. If you are only going to buy a few tracks, Track 1 (To Live and Die in L.A.) is great and so is track 5 (City of Angels). Trust me on this one.

Terrific Soundtrack -- THE Wang Chung Album

Forget all that "top 40"/MTV Wang Chung nonsense. THIS is the Wang Chung you want (and perhaps need.) There is some very clever stuff on this remarkable soundtrack. The title track flat out rocks, has a great melody, and features some fine musicianship. Just about every track on this release is a winner. Personal favorites: To Live and Die in L.A., Wait, Lullaby, and Wake Up Stop Dreaming. We could really use a Wang Chung soundtrack to a NEW film, say...a remake of "The Prisoner" starring Peter Gabriel? Hey -- now that's an idea!!

a cinematic (modern) classic.

This album is a paradox; at once completely at home with its '80s synth sound, while timeless at the same time like some Tangerine Dream soundtrack (i.e. "Thief"). I was a fan of Wang Chung back in the day, and love this movie. The movie itself is great; dark, humorless and an unblinking look at self-absorbtion. The music is a perfect counterpart to the director's vision - and has been my own soundtrack for living in LA. If you want to buy one track, try "Wait" as well as the title track.


Formed: 1979

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The London-based new wave group Wang Chung had a handful of hits in the mid-'80s, achieving their greatest popularity in the U.S. Originally called Huang Chung, the band consisted of vocalist/guitarist Jack Hues, bassist Nick Feldman, and drummer Darren Costin. The band recorded four tracks for 101 Records in the late '70s, all of which appeared on a pair of compilation albums. Huang Chung released their first single, "Isn't It About Time We Were on Television?," in 1980; the record led to a contract...
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