16 November 2010

Novel Playlist: "Sideways" by Rex Pickett

Sideways is known for being about wine, but what is overlooked is how prominent music is referenced throughout Rex Pickett's novel.  I suspect this is because the film adaptation eschewed these pop songs in favor of Rolfe Kent's jazzy score.  For those who are interested in compiling a novel soundtrack, here is the list of all music mentioned.  Page numbers are cited from the softcover edition I own, ISBN: 0-312-34251-9.

  • "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac (p. 74)
  • "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by The Rolling Stones (p. 78)
  • "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Tommy James & The Shondells (p. 81) [Miles sings this at karaoke]
  • "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles (p. 175) ["In a vulnerable moment [Miles] thought pathetically of" the song]
  • "Canon" by Pachelbel (p. 341) [performed by an organist]
  • "The Way You Look Tonight" (p. 344) [performed by a jazz ensemble]

  • Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by Flaming Lips (p. 50) ("the new Flaming Lips CD" If we reckon "new" to refer to the early 2000s, then this is the likeliest entry in their discography)
  • Long Distance by Ivy (p. 240)
  • Bavarian Fruit Bread by Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions (p. 288: "Then I...put Hope Sandoval in the CD player..." could be a reference to her recordings with Opal or Mazzy Star, but it seems reasonable to assume the remark refers to her solo debut album, released in 2001; her second was not released until 2009, years after the publication of Sideways)

Other Music References
  • "I Got So Drunk the Gal Left Town" by Merle Haggard (p. 88) [not real; Jack invents it to make a sarcastic point to Miles]
  • "Jack was in an ebullient mood all the way back, drumming his hands on the steering wheel  and singing out loud to a CD I wasn't familiar with." (p. 110)
  • "...a romantic ballad belted out by Tom Jones" (p. 143) [we're told that "Terra's going through a Tom Jones phase" on p. 144; Maya and Miles briefly discuss him and on p. 146 it's noted that, "Tom Jones crooned away," suggesting that one side of a Jones album had been playing the whole time]
  • "She selected a jazz compilation CD to cleanse the air of Tom Jones." (p. 148)
  • "Maudlin classic rock from the '70's saccharined the emptiness with its plangent strains, further sickening me." (p. 180)
  • "...while classic rock assaulted them over the stereo system." (p. 282)
  • "music filled the church again" (p. 342); "...the organ music faded..." (p. 343)