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The Boat That Rocked - OST Preview

The Boat That Rocked

Preview by Jack Foley

MERCURY Records releases The Boat That Rocked Movie Soundtrack on March 30, ahead of the release of Richard Curtis’ blockbusting new movie later that week.

Bringing together some of Richard Curtis’ favourite songs, many of which have never been cleared for soundtrack usage before, the soundtrack to The Boat That Rocked is truly integral to the movie.

Compiled by Curtis himself, it features some of the greatest songs from the 60’s and 70’s, as well as the odd gem from the 80’s (Bowie’s Let’s Dance). A new version of Stay With Me Baby, performed by Duffy, meanwhile, provides the backdrop to one of the film’s most poignant moments.

The full soundtrack to The Boat That Rocked is:

  1. Duffy – Stay With Me Baby
  2. The Kinks – All Day And All Of The Night
  3. The Turtles – Elenore
  4. Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice
  5. John Fred And Playboys – Judy In Disguise
  6. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Dancing In The Street
  7. Smokey Robinson – Ooh Baby Baby
  8. Herb Alpert – This Guy’s In Love
  9. Tommy James – Crimson & Clover
  10. Jeff Beck – Hi Ho Silver Lining
  11. The Who – I Can See For Miles
  12. The Troggs – With A Girl Like You
  13. Boxtops – Letter
  14. The Hollies – I’m Alive
  15. Chris Andrews – Yesterday Man
  16. Paul Jones – I’ve Been A Bad Bad Boy
  17. Tremeloes – Silence Is Golden
  18. Skeeter Davis – End Of The World


  1. The Who – My Generation
  2. Cream – I Feel Free
  3. Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary
  4. Procul Harem – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
  5. Otis Redding – These Arms Of Mine
  6. Junior Walker – Cleo’s Mood
  7. Supremes – The Happening
  8. The Turtles – She’d Rather Be With Me
  9. Easybeats – Friday On My Mind
  10. The Bystanders – 98.6
  11. The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon
  12. Cat Stevens – Father And Son
  13. Moody Blues – Knights In White Satin
  14. Dusty Springfield – You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
  15. Lorraine Ellison – Stay With Me
  16. The McCoys – Hang On Sloopy
  17. The Isley Brothers – This Old Heart of Mine
  18. David Bowie – Let’s Dance

About the movie

Written and directed by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings & A Funeral, Love, Actually), the eponymous Boat is Radio Rock, a pirate radio station broadcasting from a fishing boat in the North Sea in the 60s, when pop music was branded a danger to the public conscience and rock DJs as outlaws.

In 1966 – British pop music’s finest era – the BBC played just 2 hours of rock and roll every week. But pirate radio played rock and pop from the high seas 24 hours a day. And 25 million people – over half the population of Britain – listened to the pirates every single day.

Recently expelled from school, Carl (Tom Sturridge) has been sent by his mother to find some direction in life by visiting his godfather Quentin. However, Quentin is the boss of Radio Rock, a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea, populated by an eclectic crew of rock ‘n’ roll DJs.

They are led by The Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman) – big, brash, American, god of the airwaves, and totally in love with the music. He’s faithfully backed up by his co-broadcasters Dave (Nick Frost) – ironic, intelligent and cruelly

funny; Simon (Chris O’Dowd) – super-nice and searching for true love; Midnight Mark (Tom Wisdom) – enigmatic, handsome and man of few words; Wee Small Hours Bob – the late night DJ, whose hobbies are folk music and drugs; Thick Kevin (Tom Brooke) – possessor of the smallest intelligence known to mankind; On-The-Hour John (Will Adamsdale) – the newsreader; and Angus ‘The Nut’ Nutsford (Rhys Darby) – possibly the most annoying man in Britain.

Life on the North Sea is eventful, to say the least, and what results is a literal storm on the high seas.

The Boat That Rocked Movie Soundtrack is released on Mercury on March 30, 2009. The film is in cinemas from April 1 – no joke! Watch the trailer