One of the best book-to-screen adaptations in recent history, The Perks of Being a Wallflower hits theaters in limited release today before expanding into wider release on September 21, 2012. And in addition to opening in theaters, The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack hit stores this week featuring 12 tracks from the film.
Contributing tunes to the Perks soundtrack are David Bowie, The Smiths, New Order, and Dexys Midnight Runners, with early 1990s music filling the soundtrack. Perks authour Stephen Chbosky wrote and directed the film, and he hand-picked the music served up on soundtrack.
From the liner notes:
Over many years, I have collected songs. I’ve shared them with friends. And they have shared their favorites with me. Some of the songs are popular. Some of them are not known by a whole lot of people. But they are all great in their own way. And since these songs have meant a lot to me, I just wanted you to have them as a soundtrack for whatever you need them to be for your life.”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Soundtrack Track and Artist List
1. The Samples – Could It Be Another Change
2. Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
3. Galaxie 500 – Tugboat
4. New Order – Temptation
5. The Innocence Mission – Evensong
6. The Smiths – Asleep
7. Cracker – Low
8. Sonic Youth – Teenage Riot
9. XTC – Dear God
10. Cocteau Twins – Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops
11. Michael Brook – Charlie’s Last Letter
12. David Bowie – Heroes
An immediate classic upon its 1999 release, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower touched a generation with Chbosky’s semi-autobiographical tale of Charlie, a shy high school freshman and the eponymous wallflower of the novel’s title. Set in the early 1990s, the epistolary novel is told through a series of letters written by the unconventional Charlie to an anonymous friend, confiding all the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope — and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.
Source: Atlantic Records