“How To Talk To Girls At Parties” Gets Punk-Filled Soundtrack

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Sony Music Masterworks has announced the release of How To Talk To Girls At Parties (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), the musical companion to the hugely anticipated new film from award-winning writer-director, John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), based on the short story by Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Norse Mythology). The album arrives at all music retailers and streaming services on Friday, May 11. Out today ahead of the full soundtrack release is the single track, “Between the Breaths” from beloved indie-darlings, Mitski and Xiu Xiu. The A24 release of a See-Saw Films/Little Punk production, How to Talk to Girls at Parties opens in theaters across the U.S on May 25. StudioCanal UK releases the film across the UK on May 11.

Hailed by VICE as “a bittersweet intersectional love story between a rebellious alien and an out-of-his-depth insecure schoolboy fanzine writer,” How to Talk to Girls at Parties is an electrifying and singular punk rock extravaganza set in the kinetic world of 1977 London. How To Talk to Girls at Parties (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) includes new music and songs composed expressly for the film by such strikingly unique artists as Nico Muhly, Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), and Matmos. In addition, the album features original songs performed by the film’s fictional punk band, The Dyschords, written by Bryan Weller and vocalist Martin Tomlinson (Selfish C***), alongside additional new music from the film performed by writer-director John Cameron Mitchell, cabaret legend Amber Martin, and How To Talk To Girls At Parties stars Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp. In addition, the soundtrack also gathers landmark tracks from such iconic artists as The Velvet Underground, The Damned, A.C. Newman, Ezra Furmanand, and the Prolific Urdoos (a.k.a. DIY punk hero Bruno Wizard of The Homosexuals).

Adapted by Philippa Goslett and John Cameron Mitchell from the classic short story of the same name by Neil Gaiman, How to Talk to Girls at Parties was heralded earlier this month by an equally vibrant new trailer. Media outlets including NYLON and i-D raved, with the latter declaring that How to Talk to Girls at Parties “looks freakishly good.” “As he did with his film Hedwig and the Angry Inch, (John Cameron Mitchell has) created something that’s as much about a music scene and what it means to its fandom as it is about the characters or the story,” wrote The Verge. “It also looks like a visually bonkers wild ride.”

1. New Rose – The Damned
2. Planned Adolescence – The Dyschords
3. Angry Universe – A.C. Newman
4. Communion – The Dyschords
5. Extraction – Dyslexic Cnuts
6. Fuck All – The Dyschords
7. Going Straight – Xiu Xiu
8. Single – The Dyschords
9. Climb Over Me – The Dyschords
10. Rainy Life – Ezra Furman
11. Bermuda – Amber Martin
12. I Found A Reason (2015 Remastered) – The Velvet Underground
13. Nursery Chymes – Prolific Urdoos
14. Nobody’s Baby – Martin Tomlinson / Bryan Weller
15. Requiem – Nico Muhly
16. The Body Celestial – Matmos
17. Flecken – Matmos
18. Eat Me Alive – Xiu Xiu
19. Between the Breaths – Xiu Xiu / Mitski