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Absolute Beginners: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2020 reissue)



Released: 17th Jul 2020



Released: 17th Jul 2020


The film cast included Patsy Kensit, David Bowie, Eddie O’Connell, Ray Davies, Sade, James Fox, Mandy Rice-Davies and Steven Berkoff (with ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ cameos from Sandie Shaw, Eric Sykes and Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli).

The soundtrack album boasts three songs by David Bowie (including the theme song, a 1986 number 2 single) that weren’t included on any of his studio albums. It also includes the Sade song ‘Killer Blow’, Ray Davies first solo single ‘Quiet Life’, and ‘Riot City’, an eight-and-a-half minute Jazz instrumental that marked a first solo outing for Jerry Dammers. All three tracks are unavailable elsewhere. In addition there is an extended version of The Style Council single ‘Have You Ever Had It Blue’?’ also unique to this album. The album was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, whose many credits include No. 1 singles for Madness and Dexys Midnight Runners. It features brass arrangements by Gil Evans, widely recognised as one of the key orchestrators in jazz, acclaimed for his collaborations with Miles Davis.

Absolute Beginners: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2020 reissue)


  1. Absolute Beginners
  2. Killer Blow
  3. Have You Ever Had It Blue?
  4. Quiet Life
  5. Va Va Voom
  6. That's Motivation
  7. Having It All
  8. Rodrigo Bay
  9. Selling Out
  10. Riot City
  11. Boogie Stop Shuffle (Rough And The Smooth)
  12. Ted Ain't Dead
  13. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)
  14. Napoli
  15. Little Cat (You Never Had It So Good)
  16. Absolute Beginners (Slight Refrain)
  17. Better Git It In Your Soul (The Hot And The Cool)
  18. Landlords And Tenants
  19. Santa Lucia
  20. Cool Napoli
  21. So What? (Lyric Version)
  22. Absolute Beginners (Refrain)