Episode 5

Published on:

8th Feb 2021

Donnie Darko (2001) w/ Damon Gross

Damon Gross returns to the podcast to talk about the 2001 Richard Kelly film, Donnie Darko, which Damon saw in its original theatrical run! We chat about the 80s songs that Kelly and soundtrack composer/supervisor, Michael Andrews chose for the film including “The Killing Moon” by Echo and the Bunnymen. We talk about how Echo and the Bunnymen has influenced bands like Pavement and Hole, and how their earlier material was a far cry from the hits that they would eventually be known for. We chat about the revival of 80s music in films in the 2000s and whether Donnie Darko inadvertently kicked off a new emo fashion trend in the 2000s. We also talk about Michael Andrews’ career before becoming a soundtrack composer, where he performed under the pseudonym, Elgin Park. We also briefly discuss Jake Gylenhaal’s other 2001 starring role, as the title character from box office bomb, Bubble Boy.

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Soundtrack Your Life
A podcast about soundtracks and why they're important to us.
Twice a month, Ryan Pak takes a look at a soundtrack. Whether it be a song, a band, or a connection to a specific scene, he discusses personal connections to the soundtrack, either with a guest and/or co-hosts, Brandice Wilson and Nicole Barlow.

Episodes are released on 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

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Ryan Pak

Ryan has a degree in Film Studies, and he’s a musician. So, Soundtrack Your Life is the perfect intersection of his two main passions. Plus, he’s an avid music fan—hunting down rare songs from his favorite bands has familiarized him with many obscure soundtracks over the years. It's been so gratifying for him to hear fellow film and music enthusiasts share their stories of why they love soundtracks!