Liner Notes

Whiplash Soundtrack


  1. Snare Liftoff (I Want To Be One Of The Greats): πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  2. Overture: πŸ‘πŸ»
  3. Too Hip To Retire: πŸ‘πŸ»
  4. Whiplash: πŸ‘πŸ»
  5. Fletcher’s Song In Club: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  6. Caravan: πŸ‘πŸ»
  7. What’s Your Name (If You Want The Part, Earn It): πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  8. Practicing: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  9. Invited: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  10. Call From Dad: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  11. Accident: πŸ‘πŸ»
  12. Hug From Dad: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  13. Drum & Drone: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  14. Carnegie: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  15. Ryan / Breakup: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  16. Drum Battle: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  17. Dismissed: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  18. Good Job (He Was A Beautiful Player): πŸ‘πŸ»
  19. Intoit: πŸ‘πŸ»
  20. No Two Words: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  21. When I Wake: πŸ‘πŸ»
  22. Casey’s Song: πŸ‘πŸ»
  23. Upswingin’: πŸ‘πŸ»
  24. First Nassau Band Rehearsal / Second Nassau Band Rehearsal / Studio Band Eavesdrop / Studio Band Rehearsal After Breakup: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

Whiplash (the movie) had been on my radar for a while, but I knew very little about it. I knew J.K. Simmons was in it and his performance was getting attention and that his character was not a great guy. Then at some point I learned it was about music. And then at some point I saw the movie poster and saw the drum set. That’s pretty much the extent of what I knew going into the movie. Yesterday on my way to the gym, I was listening to an NPR interview with the writer / director of Whiplash (although the interview was about his current film: LA LA Land), so I decided last night to watch Whiplash for the first time.

I haven’t had such a strong reaction to a movie since I saw Inception. While my reaction to Inception was purely intellectual, my reaction to Whiplash was absolutely visceral. I love that movie from my guts up. I’m not going to go into my own biography here but it spoke to me for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the time in high school when I was halfway up and over my band director’s desk to punch him in the face before I stopped myself.

It’s been about 18 hours since I watched the movie and I just can’t get it out of my head, and that’s why I listened to the soundtrack today. Because I didn’t really feel like I had a choice.

I have to admit I was a little disappointed with listening to the soundtrack. Most of the songs are at least fine and some of them are absolutely phenomenal. But I did take issue with the track order. OvertureWhiplash, and Caravan are easily the best songs on the album and they were all spent 1/6 of the way in. I 100% agree that track 1 should have been track 1, but after that…

The rest of the order seems fine with me — the tracks are all basically chronological to the movie. Except we don’t hear Caravan all the way through until the climax of the movie. And I’m not sure we ever heard Whiplash all the way though.

I don’t want to spoil the movie too much, but there’s a bit of a hanging ending (which was a perfect ending by the way). But in my head, the natural progression of the set at the end would have been to play Whiplash next. There’s a song after the screen goes black and before or as the credits start, but I honestly can’t remember now if it actually was Whiplash but I’m pretty sure it was?

At any rate, if I were going to listen to the soundtrack again (and I’m almost certain I will) I’d make Caravan the penultimate song, and end with Whiplash. Not a song with a title so long I had to seek an external source to find out the full name because none of the music player’s I use will display the whole thing.

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