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Vinyl Dynamite #26: Wild in the Streets Soundtrack

Wild in the Streets

It is with a sad heart that I confess that I have yet to see the 1968 hippie classic Wild in the Streets.  It's available from Amazon (as a two-for with Gas-s-s-s), but Netflix doesn't have it yet, and I'm too cheap to buy it.

It seems like the Boomers were obsessed with taking over the country in the late sixties - a plethora of songs and movies proclaim the fact that their numbers outweigh the older generation. Wild in the Streets doesn't sound like it's ashamed of this opinion, and basically preaches that the Boomers should rise up and start takin' over.... which they actually did, but reality was much less dramatic.

The soundtrack is your standard psychedelic pop. The hit "Shape of Things to Come" stands out as the best track, but some of the other tracks have merit as well. Here's "14 or Fight":



Download the album here


Wild in the Streets

Wild in the Streets

5 comments:

  1. I have seen the film, and found it very dark and cynical and not remotely pro-youth or pro-revolution. I also thought it was mean-spirited and uncharitable. In fairness, I should add that I saw it over twenty years ago, and it's possible that my opinion would be less harsh if I viewed it again today...but I don't think so.

    All that said, it's a fascinating artifact of its time and worth seeing at least once by the historical scholar. And that soundtrack has some kicking sounds on it!

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  2. Dark and mean spirited ? Well, I guess as Leary once said - "Different lanes for different brains". This film is hysterical! You didn't think they were serious about rounding up all the over-30's and feeding them LSD in loony farms while dressed in white sheets did you? The soundtrack is great and the film even better.

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  3. As a kid, during the summer of 1967, I was on an MGM studio tour, when the tram stopped at a backlot street where a scene for this film was being shot. Shelley Winters actually came over and talked to us! She talked about the difficulty of staying slim. I still have photos of her talking to our group. Never saw this movie, though.

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  4. Gilligan, thanks for the download. I never saw the movie although I remember it. I'm actually old enough to remember that "Shape of Things to Come" was a hit song from the movie. I didn't remember this until I listened to the songs but I recognized the song right away. Being somebody who grew up on '60s music, I quite like the album.

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  5. ExcronimussJanuary 18, 2012

    The English glam rock band Slade (Cum On Feel the Noize) recorded Shape of Things to Come early in their career, and it's a killer version of the tune, well worth tracking down. I eagerly watched the film because of their version of the song.

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