August 8, 2011
It would be easy to knock The Last Days of Disco as another shallow compilation of disco hits, but this soundtrack is sprinkled with everything from deep ska and R&B cuts to Italo disco. Sure, Chic's "Good Times" and "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross make appearances, but so does "Queen Majesty," a 1967 Curtis Mayfield cover by Jamaican rocksteady group The Techniques. Stillman cleverly uses a jukebox at the characters' favorite late-night bar, Rex's, as a vehicle to invigorate the playlist of stale disco hits. There, you hear tracks by the likes of Washington, DC girl group The Jewels, soul quartet The Chi-Lites, and "The Oogum Boogum Song" by Brenton Wood. You may not fall in love with every song on the soundtrack, but you will absolutely find a new favorite track or two. And if you haven't seen this bona fide cult classic, please, get on that already.
After the jump, listen to a couple of cuts from the soundtrack and watch the classic 'Lady and The Tramp' clip.
"Lady, the ostensible protagonist, is a fluffy blond Cocker Spaniel with absolutely nothing on her brain. She's great-looking, but - let's be honest - incredibly insipid." — Josh
After being out of print for years and going for prices as high as $100 on DVD, the Criterion Collection released a special edition of the film, which you can pick up here.
Stream 23 tracks from the soundtrack on Spotify.
The Techniques - "Queen Majesty"
The Jewels - "Opportunity"
Brenton Wood - "Oogum Boogum Song"