Various Artists | Ghost World : Original Soundtrack - Hex Record Shop
Various Artists | Ghost World : Original Soundtrack - Hex Record Shop

Various Artists | Ghost World : Original Soundtrack


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A film adaptation of the popular Daniel Clowes comic of the same name, Ghost World starred Scarlett Johannson, Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi, becoming a critically acclaimed cult favourite immediately upon its release in 2001. As he did with Crumb, director Terry Zwigoff has created a soundtrack as eclectic and riveting as his movie subjects. The sounds of early jazz and blues play a crucial role in the events of Ghost World - the music heard here is some of the best ever recorded.

Skip James's classic "Devil Got My Woman" from 1931 may be the best-known work on this soundtrack, but it hardly steals the show. Three tracks from weird but riveting jazz-meets-calypso bandleader Lionel Belasco are included; the 70-year-old recordings are so original, they sound timeless. The same praise can be stated of film opener "Jaan Pehechaan Ho" a Bollywood rarity that has elements of surf music, funk, and garage rock. Of course, we also have to hear "Graduation Rap" and Blueshammer's "Pickin' Cotton Blues" two intentionally bad contemporary tracks that make the characters in the movie (and anyone listening to this soundtrack) feel out of place in today's pop culture.

Zwigoff wisely fills out the LP with tracks from his personal 78 record collection, a mix of '20s and '30s string band and blues tunes that are seldom found in compilations (including great cuts by the Dallas String Band, Joe Calicott, and McGee Bros). The haunting "Theme from Ghost World" composed by David Kitay, finishes off the second LP, perfectly capturing all the bittersweet moods found in the film.



Jaan Pehechaan Ho by Mohammed Rafi

Graduation Rap by Vanilla, Jade And Ebony

Devil Got My Woman by Skip James

I Must Have It by Vince Giordano And The Nighthawks

Miranda by Lionel Belasco


Pickin' Cotton Blues by Blueshammer

Let's Go Riding by Mr. Freddie

Georgia On My Mind by Vince Giordano And The Nighthawks

Las Palmas De Maracaibo by Lionel Belasco

Clarice by Vince Giordano And The Nighthawks


Scalding Hot Coffee Rag by Craig Ventresco

You're Just My Type by Vince Giordano And The Nighthawks

Venezuela by Lionel Belasco

Fare Thee Well Blues by Joe Calicott

C.C. & O. Blues by Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley


C-h-i-c-k-e-n Spells Chicken by The McGee Brothers

That's No Way To Get Along by Robert Wilkins

So Tired by Dallas String Band

Bye Bye Baby Blues by Little Hat Jones

Theme From Ghost World by David Kitay