CBGB Soundtrack (

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CBGB follows the story of Hilly Kristal's New York club from its concept as a venue for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock 'n roll and punk.

When Kristal had difficulty booking country bands in his club on the Bowery he opened his doors to other kinds of rock music. Kristal had one demand of the acts he booked; they could only play original music. No top 40's, no covers. It was the credo he lived by, support the artist at whatever the cost.

Hilly Kristal ironically became known as the godfather of punk giving a chance to such bands as Blondie, Television, Ramones, Talking Heads, Dead Boys and The Police.

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Kick Out the Jams
MC5: Performer
Michael Davis: Writer
Metal Machine Music Part II
Lou Reed: Performer
Lou Reed: Writer
Soul Twist
Willy DeVille: Writer
Mink DeVille: Performer
Life During Wartime
David Byrne: Writer
Talking Heads: Performer
Tom Verlaine: Writer
Television: Performer
New York Dolls: Performer
Johnny Thunders: Writer
Fun City
John DeSalvo: Writer
Tuff Darts: Performer
Steady Drivin Man
Willy DeVille: Writer
Mink DeVille: Performer
Lou Reed: Writer
The Velvet Underground: Performer
One Way Street
Willy DeVille: Writer
Mink DeVille: Performer
Moon Martin: Writer
Mink DeVille: Performer
Mansion on the Hill
The Stooges: Performer
Iggy Pop: Writer
Tom Verlaine: Writer
Television: Performer
Tom Verlaine: Writer
Television: Performer
Birds and the Bees
Alan Rickman: Performer
Hilly Kristal: Writer
Blank Generation
Richard Hell: Writer
Slow Death
I Can't Stand It
Marquee Moon
Out of Control
Isn't It About Time
Psychotic Reaction
All for the Love of Rock 'n' Roll
All by Myself
Jumpin' in the Night
Psycho Killer
California Sun
Because the Night
I'm Waiting for the Man
I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)
Get Outa My Way
X Offender
All This and More
Caught with the Meat in Your Mouth
Spirit in My House
Sunday Girl
I Wanna Be Your Dog
Don't Put Me On
Sonic Reducer
Ain't Nothin' to Do
'A' Train Lady
I Need Lunch
Oh! Swet Nothin'

User reviews

Michelle Wilson

The selection of music in the film does not effectively showcase the diversity and innovation of the bands that performed at CBGB. Many iconic bands like the Ramones, Blondie, and Talking Heads are represented with their most popular hits, neglecting the deeper cuts and lesser-known tracks that truly defined their sound and influence.

Karen Wilson

The soundtrack of CBGB perfectly captures the raw energy and rebellious spirit of the underground rock 'n roll and punk scene that flourished at the iconic club.

Edward Brown

The soundtrack of CBGB overlooks the importance of live performances in shaping the history of the club. The recordings used in the film feel sterile and disconnected from the live experience, failing to capture the gritty atmosphere and DIY ethos that made CBGB a legendary venue for underground music.

Brian Brown

The diversity of artists featured in the soundtrack, from Blondie to The Ramones to The Police, showcases the range of talent that graced the stage at CBGB and highlights the club's pivotal role in shaping music history.

Michael Smith

The soundtrack of CBGB captures the raw energy and rebellious spirit of the underground rock 'n roll and punk scene that thrived in New York City during the 1970s.

Donna Gonzalez

The selection of songs in the soundtrack effectively transports the listener to the gritty and vibrant atmosphere of CBGB, showcasing the eclectic mix of genres that defined the club's music scene.

Jennifer Phillips

The use of original music in the soundtrack aligns perfectly with Hilly Kristal's vision for CBGB as a platform for artists to showcase their unique sound and creativity, without conforming to mainstream expectations.

Timothy Rodriguez

The soundtrack of CBGB fails to capture the raw energy and rebellious spirit of the punk rock scene that the legendary New York club was known for. The songs lack the intensity and edge that defined the era, making it feel watered down and lacking authenticity.

William Young

Each song in the soundtrack feels authentically connected to the era and the artists that Hilly Kristal supported, creating a nostalgic and immersive listening experience.

Jennifer Jackson

Overall, the soundtrack of CBGB serves as a fitting tribute to the pioneering spirit of Hilly Kristal and the influential bands that emerged from the legendary club, capturing a pivotal moment in music history with authenticity and reverence.

Robert Walker

The soundtrack pays homage to the legendary bands that got their start at CBGB, such as Blondie, Ramones, and Talking Heads, by featuring their iconic songs that helped shape the history of rock music.