Weekly survey: What is the best alt-rock movie soundtrack of all time?

The sale of movie soundtracks used to be a sizeable source of income for studios, labels, and bands. Not only were they great marketing tools for movies but they also offered artists ways to expose their music to new artists.

Think about what the soundtrack albums for John Hughes’ movies did for breaking British artists like New Order and OMD in America. The soundtrack for Singles helped boost the fortunes of grunge. And the Judgement Night soundtrack proved that you could bridge the gap between rock and rap.

Or maybe you want to get super-retro. I know that at least a few readers in Winnipeg are thinking about Phantom of the Paradise right now. (It really is a Winnipeg thing. Trust me.) Remember movies like FM and Urban Cowboy? Those soundtracks were massive.

Here are a few more of my favourites:

  • Clerks
  • The Crow (1 and 2)
  • Empire Records
  • Garden State
  • Trainspotting (both volumes from the original movie)

What, in your opinion, was the best of all the alt-rock soundtracks?

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