Perfect Match For Film

The John Cusack film "High Fidelity" tells the tale of a broken-hearted music snob. So it's appropriate that the movie's soundtrack is filled with stuff music elitists would consider "worthy." The album offers sounds from all walks of musical excellence: historic acts (the Velvet Underground, the Kinks), cult icons (Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Smog) and critical darlings such as the Beta Band and Royal Trux.

Toss in living legends Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan and you have the makings of a K-Tel best-of collection that might not sell if it wasn't attached to such a good pop-culture love story. But what really makes this work is Cusack and screenplay partner D.V. DeVincentis' presence as executive producers for the disc. They make sure the music on the soundtrack actually relates to the film. The Beta Band's "Dry the Rain" colors a scene in which Cusack's record-shop character tries to prove the band's selling power. Coincidentally, it's one of the Beta's best-sounding songs. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators' "You're Gonna Miss Me" sets up the plot, while Tenacious D vocalist Jack Black (who turns in the movie's best performance, by the way) offers a sincere take on Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," which, appropriately enough, leads to the film's climax.