hmv.com presents… The Best Soundtracks Of All Time: Stand By Me
With some great in-store offers starting this week on films and on film soundtracks as part our 'Decades' series, every day we'll be picking the best soundtrack, one for every year, starting with 1950 right through to the present day. Today we're up to 1986 and we're recommending the nostalgic soundtrack to Stand By Me.
Stand By Me, the classic coming of age tale based on Stephen King’s short story ‘The Body’.
So what’s the film about?
When author Gordie Lachance (Richard Dreyfuss) hears about the death of a childhood friend in the local newspaper, he finds himself reminiscing about a weekend he spent with him back in the summer of 1959, when he was only 12.
The shy, bookish young Gordie (played by Wil Wheaton in the flashbacks) spends the summer hanging out with three neighbourhood friends: Chris (the late River Phoenix) a bright kid from the wrong side of the tracks; Teddy (Corey Feldman), an eccentric child trying to escape a troubled home life; and the overweight and timid Vern (Jerry O'Connell).
Vern has hears a rumour from his brother about a the body of a man recently killed by a train that was never recovered, so the boys decide to hiking up the train line to find the corpse, in the hope of becoming local heroes.
Is this a score or a soundtrack?
It’s a soundtrack of period songs.
So who’s on it? Anyone I might know?
A host of classic artists from the 1950s. There are some you’ll definitely have heard of, like Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ben E. King, alongside some less known acts like The Del-Vikings and Shirley and Lee.
So which songs are on it? Did any of them become hits?
All the songs were hits of the late 50s, so they perfectly evoke the era of Gordie’s youth. These are songs that have been immortalised history and you’ll instantly recognise them even if you were born long after 1959. It’s had not to find yourself instantly signing along with the likes of ‘Everyday’, ‘Lollipop’ and ‘Yakety Yak’.
What’s the best moment?
The title track, by Ben E. King, which has one of the most iconic bass lines of all time. As it comes in as the end credits roll, after Richard Dreyfuss has just detailed what his three friends went on to do with their lives, only the most cold hearted don’t well up at least a little.
Has it stood the test of time?
The film is a timeless story of childhood and nostalgia that continues to speak to new generations, and the music is a vital part of its appeal.