What’s This Playlist All About? The soundtrack to Jonah Hill’s directorial debut Mid90s has been released as a playlist. According to Hill, “The film was written and shot to these specific tracks, many of which were so important to my own life growing up.” It’s finally happened: soundtracks are finished; playlists have officially taken control.
What You Get: True-blue decade classics from the East Coast (Wu-Tang’s “Tearz”) to the West Coast (Souls of Mischief’s “93 ‘til Infinity”) to the Pacific Northwest (Nirvana’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”), plus Seal’s own slice of soundtrack gold, “Kiss from a Rose.” But there are plenty of non-’90s tracks, too, including quick shots of sweat-stained punk from Bad Brains and Misfits, groovy dance-punk from ESG, and heady Hungarian rock from Omega. You also get a taste of the moody Mid90s score written by ‘90s icon himself Trent Reznor with trusty collaborator Atticus Ross.
Best Surprise: Ginuwine’s “Pony” is always a welcome addition to any playlist.
Is This the Beginning of the End of the Soundtrack? We hope not. The beauty of a playlist is that it can change and expand at any given time—which this one already has since its official “release.” But this also takes away from the potential of a soundtrack to serve as a definitive document to a specific time and moment in film and pop culture (could you imagine Pretty in Pink or Purple Rain as ever-changing playlists?!), which is kind of ironic for a movie called Mid90s.