James Alex (Beach Slang – guitar/vocals)
SPB: What is your favorite movie score/soundtrack?
Alex: It’s a deadlock between Valley Girl and Pretty In Pink. I tried to wrestle a winner, but couldn’t. I mean, The Plimsouls, The Psychedelic Furs, The Smiths, Otis Redding, Sparks, New Order, The Rave-Ups, etcetera and so on—I mean, how could I choose one over the other?
But I had an idea.
I made my favorite scenes duke it out. I thought maybe I could split the tie visually. I couldn’t. Again, how do you pick between (1) Valley Girl — when Randy and Julie kiss while The Plimsouls are playing “A Million Miles Away” vs. (2) Pretty In Pink — when Blane tells Andie “I love you…always” while “If You Leave” by OMD is playing?
Look, I have an extraordinary lack of decisiveness. And I’m a full-time sucker for coming-of-age sappiness.
So, you’re stuck with me and I’m stuck with a real-deal even-steven, Valley Girl + Pretty In Pink.
But enough of my rambling, go listen.