Music By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, The Informers is set in 1983, a time of excesses in the city that excelled in that field, Los Angeles. The film contains seven key characters representing an array of lifestyles and morals from drug dealer to bisexual gigolo to uptight newscaster to Hollywood mogul. Each of the charactersí storylines somehow intertwine in a tale of lust and immorality that ultimately reveals the emptiness residing in the charactersí souls.
The soundtrack of The Infomers is a virtual 80ís-fest, featuring songs from the generation and new songs styled to fit the genre. Songs from Pat Benatar, Simple Minds, Wang Chung, Gary Numa, Men Without Hats and A Flock of Seagulls set the stage. Groups like 7Ray and Justin Mendal-Johnsen, Jason Faulkner and Justin Stanley follow up with new punk-styled songs that fit in with the 80s sound.
I especially enjoyed listening to the songs I grew up with like Shadows of the Night, I Ran So Far Away and Dance Hall Days. I could do without the newer tracks with the exception of In A Scarlet Sky by 7Ray. This song in particular had a very interesting style to it, starting out with some rather soothing tones which eventually turns punk and then ends on a soothing note.
For the most part, anyone who enjoyed the music of the 80s is going to love the soundtrack of The Informers. It mixes the old with the new in such a way that you hardly realize the newer songs arenít actually from the 80s generation. Fans of 80s music will rush out to purchase this soundtrack and will be very pleased at getting their moneyís worth. Those who hated the 80s and wish they could forget those years altogether will want to stay away. I, for one, am very happy The Informers Soundtrack came my way!