I have a wish-list of obscure songs from the movies about a mile long. But, I can be pretty determined so I usually track them down sooner or later (although sometimes that's easier said than done). Luckily for me, it was only a matter of waiting for a deluxe edition of Cameron Crowe's rock romance, Almost Famous to finally own Love Thing from the fictional band, Stillwater. Crowe's 2000 film was based on his own experiences as a young rock journalist traveling with bands like The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, and Lynyrd Skynyrd (with Stillwater acting as a composite stand-in), and is easily one of the best films ever made about rock and roll.

Famous' soundtrack is packed to the brim with classics from the golden age of rock, and Crowe successfully blends Stillwater's music in with some of the finest artists in history. The few songs that we get to hear Stillwater perform have an important job to do in the film because they have to convince us that we are looking at an honest to goodness band. The level of historical detail and inside jokes about music history would mean nothing if you didn't believe in these four guys.

Even though the credits list Russel Hammond (Billy Crudup) as the writer of Love Thing and the three other songs featured in the film, in reality, they were written by Peter Frampton, Crowe and his wife Nancy Wilson with vocals (ably lip-synced by Jason Lee) provided by Marti Frederiksen (a musician, producer, and songwriter who has worked with Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, and Ozzy Osbourne); and with credentials like that, it's no wonder the songs reeked of 70's authenticity. But even if you aren't a sucker for bluesy arena rock, when you you hear Love Thing's opening chords you can't help but think back to when we still believed it was all about the music.
categories Cinematical