Discorder Staff Sound Off

Staff Sound-Off!

by Discorder Staff

illustration by Dana Kearley
illustration by Dana Kearley

Forrest Gump OST


Evan Brow [Contributor]

Forrest Gump: Just like the movie itself, the soundtrack takes us on a journey across America, from Elvis to Dylan to Hendrix to Skynyrd. It’s a folk tale, told of the scope of American music, of the pioneers, the stars, the legends, and the like. The Forrest Gump soundtrack is like that special high school teacher, the one that taught you even when you thought you weren’t learning. I owe myself to this soundtrack for sparking a curiosity in me that led everywhere.



Reservoir Dogs OST


Elliot Chan [Contributor]

Ouga Chaka ouga ouga! Few people understand movies and music better than Quentin Tarantino. His directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs brings me right back on the track for a little green bag and maybe a lime in the coconut. The compilation features classic gasoline-dosing songs I thought I’d forgotten, including “Stuck in the Middle” by Stealers Wheel and “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede. It’s a soundtrack that makes me glad that I still have my earlobes, but I wonder if they ever figured out what “Like A Virgin” was all about.



Immortal Beloved OST


Curtis Michael Davey [Ad Coordinator]

Two that stand out in my mind as having impacted me greatly are: Immortal Beloved. It was the first time that I had seen/heard the story behind Beethoven’s music and the life experiences that influenced his work. Simply beautiful!

The Pink Panther 1967 OST

The other is The Pink Panther (1967). Aside from the silky smooth jazz tunes from Henry Mancini that blend seamlessly into the film, there’s this scene around the middle of the movie where an impromptu song/dance number takes place in a ski lodge. Fran Jeffries entertains the audience with a sultry performance of “Meglio Stasera” while Inspector Jacque Clouseau bumbles about around her. I’ll never forget it.



28 Days Later OST


Fraser Dobbs [Contributor]

28 Days Later: The pairing of two phenomenal talents, composer John Murphy and director Danny Boyle, to extraordinary result. The whole film, Boyle confessed, “was cut to Godspeed [You! Black Emperor]” in his head, and features an edited version of their movement “East Hastings.” A more perfect pairing for a zombie film does not exist. Murphy crafted the score, including the iconic “In The House – In A Heartbeat,” and later went on to compose the absolutely beautiful “Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor)” for the movie of the same name. Not only was 28 Days Later the soundtrack that introduced me to Grandaddy (“AM 180”), it features Brian Eno’s “An Ending (Ascent)” and Blue States’ “Season Song.”



Hard Core Logo OST


Coleman Ingram [Contributor]

I have to mention two: the “soundtrack” for the film Hard Core Logo because it actually transcends the label of soundtrack for me. When I hear Hugh Dillon and Swamp Baby busting out those tunes, I don’t think of it as them; I think of it as the fictional band Hard Core Logo. Tied for first place is Yann Tiersen’s gorgeous work on the Amelie soundtrack. It has been on my iPod since the film was released and won’t be leaving too soon.



Pulp Fiction OST


James Olson [Contributor]

Pulp Fiction: Firstly, “Misirlou” by Dick Dale is one of the greatest songs ever used in a title sequence. That menacing surf guitar lick can’t help but get my blood boiling. What follows is an eclectic and decidedly retro mix of surf rock, funk, soul, and folk that masterfully complements the tone of what I consider to be Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus. Sound bites from the movie are added in to create a truly unique listening experience. You can almost see the movie play out in front of you as you progress through the album. “Let’s Stay Together,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and especially “Jungle Boogie” never get old. Neither does Samuel L. Jackson’s iconic “Ezekiel 25:17” speech.



For A Few Dollars More OST


Max Wainwright [Contributor]

The “Spaghetti Western” trilogy: If I had to narrow it down, it would be For A Few Dollars More because my dad has it on record. Ennio Morricone’s scores not only narrate the film amazingly, but the pieces by themselves are just way too cool. Surf guitar next to mariachi horns and lonely harmonicas? I mean c’mon. These also feature some of the most iconic melodies in pop music.

Discorder’s Staff SoundOff

by Discorder Staff

illustration by Priscilla Yu
illustration by Priscilla Yu

September is synonymous with the back-to-school season. That means an influx of students coming to Vancouver for post-secondary. While you’ll undoubtedly be buried by textbooks and syllabi over the coming months, what better way to let off some steam than to take in a concert or seven? Sure, we’ve lost a few along the way (R.I.P. Richard’s on Richards, 360 Glen, and more), but Vancouver is still home to some pretty amazing venues. In this month’s edition of Staff Sound-off, we asked folks to tell us about the first concert venue they went to and what venue currently has a special place in their music-loving hearts.

Evan Brow (Contributor)

First Concert Venue
Pacific Coliseum (Rise Against):
After mostly listening to whatever songs were in Guitar Hero, a 15-year-old Evan Brow finally decided to branch into modern music. My mom drove two friends and me to a venue that played host to Zeppelin in ’68 and would go on to host Alexisonfire in ’12. It was the perfect bridge between then and now, sparking my interest in a wide spectrum of music.

Favourite Venue Now
The Orpheum:
It’s the mixture of operatic atmosphere with the down-to-earth folksy musicians I’ve seen perform there. There’s something about Dan Mangan leading us all to sing in unison, as equals, inside a sprawling, majestic venue that’s beautiful.


Elliot Chan (Contributor)

First Concert Venue
GM Place (Green Day):
Contrary to popular belief, there used to be a lot of punk in me and I guess there still is. My three friends and I stood out pretty badly in the stadium during the American Idiot phase because we suddenly realized that maybe we were no longer in Green Day’s youth-centred demographic.

Favourite Venue Now
Commodore Ballroom:
Since the demise of Richard’s on Richards, Commodore Ballroom has been the setting for some of my favourite shows. The worst time there was still better than the best time in many other venues.


Curtis Michael Davey (Ad Coordinator)

First Concert Venue
Legion Hall on the Drive (Orkestar Slivovica):
I stumbled in with my sister and friends on her birthday. We danced, drank shots of Slivovitz, and danced some more. An hour later, I walked out wearing a woman’s dress and a 1920’s football helmet made of leather.

Favourite Venue Now
Anza Club:
Because no other venue attracts such eclectic acts and eccentric individuals on any given night.


Fraser Dobbs (Contributor)

First Concert Venue
The Rickshaw Theatre (You Say Party! We Say Die!):
Yes, this was the now-infamous show where drummer Devon Clifford collapsed on stage mid-set from a brain hemorrhage. It was a terrible, confusing, and tragic night, but it’s also what pushed me head-first into music journalism.

Favourite Venue Now
The Remington Art Gallery:
Every show I’ve seen there has been intimate, filled with great people, and packed to the brim with positive energy. Big points for supporting Vancouver’s local drone/ambient/experimental scene.


Coleman Ingram (Contributor)

First Concert Venue
Commodore Ballroom (Down):
I was returning to Canada in ’07 from overseas and luckily passed through Vancouver on the day Phil Anselmo’s heavy rock super-group was playing. I went solo and loved every minute of it. I’m still stoked every time I get to see a band there.

Favourite Venue Now
The Rickshaw Theatre:
Partly due its proximity to my house, but mostly due to its ample seating, room to dance, stage visibility, and beer accessibility. And the range of bands they book there is fantastic. I would be happy to see every show there.


 Max Wainwright (Contributor)

First Concert Venue
The Orpheum (B.B. King):
I was just a teenager learning guitar, and as everyone knows, every guitarist has a blues phase. My dad treated me to a gentlemen’s night out and I certainly appreciated the class of both the venue and show alike.

Favourite Venue Now
The Biltmore:
Mostly because of the sheer volume of amazing shows I’ve seen there, but also because it’s great for short folk like myself. No matter how many tall people are in front of me, I always seem to get a view of the stage.