Review: Jack Foley
EVERY good crime film deserves a good soundtrack - or so it seems
- and Layer Cake is no exception.
Following in the footsteps of the likes of Lock, Stock
and Snatch, Layer
Cake (directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Daniel Craig)
delivers an eclectic mix of tracks that reflect the expansive
nature of the screenplay.
There's some cult classics, some 80s cheese, some club favourites,
and some genuinely cool customers thrown into the mix - making
the soundtrack an excellent compilation album, as well as a good
reminder of some of the film's key scenes.
Primary among them, of course, is the Duran Duran classic, Ordinary
World, which is used to such memorable effect on the screen,
as well as FC Kahuna's entrancing Hayling, which provides
a fitting backdrop to one of Craig's monologues.
The Kylie/Ulterior Motive track, Can't Get Blue Monday Out
of My Head, is a trendy blending together of two distinctive
tracks, while Starsailor's Four To The Floor gets a chic
Soulsavers makeover, to bring something a little different to
It's little touches such as this that make the soundtrack feel
Elsewhere, The Cult's timeless She Sells Sanctuary always
sounds terrific in whatever context it's played, while The Source,
featuring Candi Staton, also provide a guilty retro-tipped pleasure
with their club anthem, You Got The Love.
But out of the 15 tracks on offer, the soundtrack barely puts
a foot wrong, making it the sort of effort that can just as easily
be enjoyed by anyone who hasn't even seen the film.
Music fans might want to consider getting a slice of this action.
1. FC Kahuna - Hayling
2. Ilan Eshkeri - (Opening)
3. The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
4. The Scissor Sisters - Tits On The Radio
5. Kylie Minogue/Ulterior Motive - Can't Get Blue Monday Out Of
6. The Source featuring Candi Staton - You Got The Love
7. Ilan Eshkeri - Drive To The Boatyard
8. Lisa Gerrard - Junky Fight
9. XTC - Making Plans For Nigel
10. Duran Duran - Ordinary World
11. Craig Armstrong - Ruthless Gravity
12. Starsailor - Four To The Floor (Soulsavers mix)
13. Lisa Gerrard/Ilan Eshkeri - Drive To Warehouse
14. Lisa Gerrard - Layer Cake Speech (with M. Gambon)
15. Joe Cocker - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood