Here's one strictly for the die-hards and the trainspotters.
I've sang the praises of Martin Scorsese's 1985 film, "After Hours," on this weblog before (most recently here and here), and alluded to its arguably esoteric cultural reference points on many an occasion. Hardly one of the legendary director's more celebrated works, "After Hours" served as a means of jump-starting the maestro's muse after an aborted first attempt at "The Last Temptation of Christ." A black comedy about a hapless everyman trapped in a Kafka-esque realm of seemingly endless nocturnal urban torment, what was once a darkly funny flick about a luckless square trapped in a bohemian nightmare has verily aged into a lovingly rendered snapshot of a since-vanished era well worthy of a time capsule.
Apart from the many posts I've already devoted to it, I keep meaning to compose a long-form entry, painstakingly revisiting key locations and geographical plots-points of the film in much the same manner Scouting New York tackled films like "Ghostbusters" and "Taxi Driver," but there's never enough time. Adding to its mystique for me, the film was unavailable on DVD for ages. I'm sure I've mentioned it here before, but I used to live down the street from Griffin Dunne, the film's writer and star. I used to drunkenly accost him on weekend nights and
ask about demand the prompt release of the film on DVD, appended with a slew of needless ephemera (he must have gotten tired of this, as word has it that he's leaving the neighborhood). The DVD release finally happened in 2004, although the end results weren't quite as exhaustive as I'd hoped.
To this day, I still can't get enough of this comparatively low-key, overlooked film. Though brimming with great music (like every other Scorsese film), an official soundtrack was never released. Thus, it took me years to glean and track down key musical selections from the film like "One Summer Night" by the Danleers or "You're Mine" by Robert & Johnny (IMDB would make this hunt ridiculously simple many years later --- once again, technological convenience removes the thrill of the chase). This week, however, I stumbled upon something that really gave me a thrill. An intrepid YouTuber culled together selections from Howard Shore's haunting score to "After Hours." These sparse bits of music perfectly capture the atmosphere of late night urban desolation, even if you haven't seen the film. I have no idea how long they'll be up, but I thought I'd re-post them here for your enjoyment. To further sweeten the deal, I've also appended some other songs from the film. Enjoy.
Howard Shore's "9 PM"
Howard Shore's "Midnight"
Howard Shore's "3 AM"
Howard Shore's "6 AM"
Bach's "Air on a G String"
From the Terminal Bar scene….
"You're Mine" by Robert & Johnny
"We Belong Together" by Robert & Johnny
"Angey Baby" by Rosi & the Originals
"One Summer Night" by the Danleers
From the scenes in Julie's apartment…
"Last Train to Clarksville" by the Monkees
"Chelsea Morning" by Joni Mitchell
From the scenes inside Club Berlin …
"Pay to Cum" by the Bad Brains
"Is That All There Is?" by Peggy Lee
Now go rent the damn movie.