Grosse Pointe Blank

Grosse Pointe Blank



Director George Armitage's Grosse Pointe Blank (which probably should be called John Cusack's Grosse Pointe Blank, since he not only starred in it, but also co-wrote and co-produced it) is set at a ten-year high-school reunion in Grosse Pointe, MI, in the present day, that being the spring of 1996. Thus, ex-Clash member Joe Strummer, credited with the original score, could call upon music dating back to the mid-'80s for songs the characters, now in their late twenties, would know. You might expect, then, that those 1986 graduates would be grooving to, say, Heart's "These Dreams" or "Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston. But, of course, Cusack and Strummer are much too hip for such popular fare. Instead, they put together a collection of edgy, British-oriented new wave and alternative rock, mostly from the early and mid-'80s, tracks by the likes of the Clash, the English Beat, the Specials, and the Jam, plus Americans Violent Femmes and Faith No More. Then there are ringers like Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now," which was a hit in 1972 when the main characters would have been about three years old, and Guns N' Roses' version of "Live and Let Die," which wasn't a hit until 1991. Okay, so this isn't really the music that would have been popular with the 1986 graduating class in Grosse Pointe. Who cares? The soundtrack album works well, including a relaxed "remix" (actually a different version) of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door" as well as a new take on Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun" called "Blister 2000." Like the movie, which grossed 28 million dollars, the soundtrack album was a modest success, peaking at number 31, which inspired a follow-up collection, More Music From the Film Grosse Pointe Blank.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/1997
Label: Fontana London
UPC: 0042282886729
catalogNumber: 828867

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Track Performer
Clash   Track Performer
English Beat   Track Performer
Faith No More   Track Performer
Guns N' Roses   Track Performer
Jam   Track Performer
Queen   Track Performer
Specials   Track Performer
Pete Townshend   Track Performer
Violent Femmes   Track Performer
Fabulosos Cadillacs   Track Performer
Peter Balestrieri   Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Steve MacKay   Baritone Saxophone
Johnny Nash   Track Performer

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Producer
Clash   Producer
Faith No More   Producer
Guns N' Roses   Producer
Jam   Producer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Queen   Composer,Producer
Brian Ritchie   Producer
Dave Wakeling   Composer
Bob Sargeant   Producer
Ranking Roger   Composer
Steve Berlin   Producer
Mike Bordin   Composer
Roddy Bottum   Composer
Mike Clink   Producer
Andy Cox   Composer
Gordon Gano   Producer
Bill Gould   Composer
Tom Grimley   Producer
Jack Hues   Producer,Remixing
Chris Hughes   Producer,Remixing
Linda McCartney   Composer
Everett Morton   Composer
Chuck Mosley   Composer
Johnny Nash   Producer
Paul Weller   Composer
Saxa   Composer
Neville Staple   Producer
Guy Stevens   Producer
Matt Wallace   Producer
Pete Wilson   Producer
KC Porter   Producer
Jim Martin   Composer
Dave Steele   Composer
Chris Thomas   Contributor
Kathy Nelson   Contributor
Christine Edwards   Contributor
Tom Lowry   Producer
Tim Oliver   Producer,Remixing
Jacquie Perryman   Contributor
Charlotte Blake   Executive Producer
Roger Charlery   Composer
Bill Green   Contributor
David Wright   Composer
David Steel   Composer

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