Willy DeVille, known for his work in his band Mink DeVille, has three tunes on this soundtrack. The first, “Heat Of The Moment,” opens the CD. It has kind of a disco beat, but a heart of rock. “In the heat of the moment, don’t you forget/All the things that we haven’t done yet.” “Pullin’ My String” has a good driving beat, and a playfulness in the vocal line. “Oh mercy me, now I’m down on my knees/Something, something, something, something is pullin’ my string/Pullin’ my string, pullin’ my string, pullin’ my string, pullin’ my string.” The third song, “It’s So Easy,” is the closing track on this CD, a rock song with a beat to get you moving.
The Cripples are a punk band that I’m not all that familiar with. They have two songs on this soundtrack, and they’re both really good. “Loneliness” has a rock feel, but the lyrics are delivered in great punk fashion, with energy and a snarl. “This loneliness is eating me up/Eating me, eating me up/I said, eating me, eating me, eating me up.” And then, perhaps related to the film’s title, they sing, “Hey, baby, I’m cruising in my automobile…I wish I could be a rock and roll star.” “Hypnotize” is a good punk song delivered at a nice pace. “You’re hypnotized/And you forgot why you do these things.”
John Hiatt is a seriously talented singer/songwriter, perhaps most known for his wonderful song “Have A Little Faith In Me,” which also was featured in several movies. His music has delved into several styles over the years. Here, he delivers a strange, slow, excellent rock number titled “Spy Boy.” Check out these lyrics: “Oh, this music is hell/Man, why don’t you turn it up real loud/I’m a stranger here in town/I hope this is the wrong kind of crowd.”
The Germs, during the band’s initial run with Darby Crash on lead vocals, recorded only one full-length album, (GI), which was re-issued a few years ago. They also appeared in The Decline Of Western Civilization, which was released in a box set earlier this year. Apparently, they recorded several songs for Cruising, but only one, “Lions Share,” ended up being used. It’s a good, high-energy tune. Darby Crash committed suicide the same year that Cruising was released.
This soundtrack also includes a really cool rock number from Madelynn Von Ritz, “When I Close My Eyes I See Blood.” This is a fantastic, raw number with lines like “I don’t take no shit where I come from/Please don’t apologize/The damage is done, you’d better dry your eyes” and “I’m going to go to your boyfriend and smash his face.” There is a delicious (though perhaps a bit repetitive) funky number from Mutiny titled “Lump,” and a great driving tune from Rough Trade, “Shakedown.”
CD Track List
- Heat Of The Moment – Willy DeVille
- Loneliness – The Cripples
- Spy Boy – John Hiatt
- When I Close My Eyes I See Blood – Madelynn Von Ritz
- Lump – Mutiny
- Shakedown – Rough Trade
- Pullin’ My String – Willy DeVille
- Lions Share – Germs
- Hypnotize – The Cripples
- It’s So Easy – Willy DeVille
This special SACD issue of Cruising Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is scheduled to be released on November 27, 2015 through Audio Fidelity and Sony Music Entertainment.