Never released in the United States, Party Party’s soundtrack at least makes it look like one of the stupid Eighties teen movies that have been this week’s topic. Maybe some of you UK readers can leave a comment and let us know what we’re missing.
I picked up my copy of the soundtrack as a promo while working in a record store many years ago, and it was immediately in regular rotation. Party Party is a classic ’80s soundtrack — shitty album cover, awesome collection of rarities. Back in the days before the intergooglewebtube, scouring soundtracks and b-sides for rarities was almost a sport. Pre-Lute Sting’s versions of “Tutti Frutti” and “Need Your Love So Bad” were must-haves for any respectable Police mix tape.
Here’s a complete track listing:
“Party Party,” Elvis Costello and the Attractions
“Run Rudolph Run,” Dave Edmunds
“Little Town Flirt,” Altered Images
“Yakety Yak,” Bad Manners
“Tutti Frutti,” Sting
“No Feelings,” Bananarama
“Driving In My Car,” Madness
“Band Of Gold,” Modern Romance
“Elizabethan Reggae,” Bad Manners
“No Woman, No Cry,” Pauline Black
“Need Your Love So Bad,” Sting
“The Man Who Sold The World,” Midge Ure
“Auld Lang Syne,” Chas And Dave
Okay, so maybe it’s not the best album ever but it has a Bowie cover, Madness, Elvis Costello and the aforementioned Gordon Sumner. It’s by no means rare — you can pick up a vinyl copy on eBay for a buck, but the CD is harder to find.