FML Movie Soundtracks

Punk Noir Magazine

with J. Travis Grundon

What songs are playing during these key scenes in the movie of your life and why? 

Childhood: Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath 

My dad showed Black Sabbath. He eventually gave me his record. That always stuck with me. I still listen to Sabbath. 

First Love – Janet Jackson – Anytime

Janet Jackson was my first crush. This is her sexiest song. 

Teens: Ramones – Pinhead

I mostly only listened to Ramones, White Zombie, and Marilyn Mason for a few years. I still love the Ramones.

Young Adult – Tom Waits – God’s Away On Business

I was working at a record store, my dream job, when I heard this song for the first time. I had heard Tom Waits before but this changed everything.

First Heartbreak: Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine

There isn’t a better song for a broken heart. There may have been others before it but this song is it for me.

Working Montage: Stan Bush – Fight To Survive 

It wouldn’t be a montage without some 80s music. This is the song from Bloodsport. I dig that movie and play this song in my head when it’s time to hustle.

Sex Scene: Portishead – Roads

A person could put on any Portishead album from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.

Writing Montage: Miles Davis – So What

Kind of Blue is a great album.’”So What” is a little over 9 minutes long, so it would be perfect for a few hours of writing crammed into a montage. I walk around a lot.

Old age: Warren Zevon – My Shit’s Fucked Up

This is a great song by an underrated singer/ songwriter. Just listen to it. Listen to all of the Warren Zevon you can get your ears on. You can thank me later.

Death: Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata

This is one of the most beautiful songs in the world to me. I can’t think of a better way to say goodbye.

J. Travis Grundon is the author of more than 500 short stories, including crime fiction published with Alien Buddha Zine, EconoClash Review, First City Books, and many other anthologies and publications. He is the editor of Hoosier Noir Magazine and several anthologies, including Forrest J Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead. His other work includes two years as an editor and columnist for Rudo Can’t Fail: Lucha Libre and Lucha Culture Worldwide and reviews for Life Along The Wabash. He lives in Indiana. @JTravisGrundon