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Van Halen, the Cars + Others Featured in Classic Rock-Heavy Soundtrack for ‘Everybody Wants Some’

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Director Richard Linklater‘s new film Everybody Wants Some arrives in theaters this April, boasting a soundtrack heavy with rock ‘n’ roll classics from the early ’80s.

Described as a “spiritual sequel” to Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, the film follows a group of friends through their college adventures, all set to the strains of hits from Van Halen, the Knack, Blondie, and the Cars, among many others. The soundtrack, which is available for pre-order now, arrives April 8 – a week after Everybody Wants Some starts its theatrical rollout.

“The Everybody Wants Some soundtrack tries to capture the amazing diversity of what was on the table musically at that time,” said Linklater in a press release. “So many artists were at the top of their game, and it seemed like a lot of popular genres were viable. Metal and R&B were as big as ever, disco was still hanging in there (although it would be ‘dead’ within a year or so), and, thanks to the movie Urban Cowboy, country was suddenly cool in places it hadn’t been before.

“Even more exciting was the immediacy of punk and new wave,” he continued, “and the first examples of this thing you’d eventually know as hip-hop. Over the years some of this has been parodied and made to look ridiculous, but this movie is asking you to experience it as if for the first time — from those opening drum beats of ‘My Sharona’ to the utter newness of ‘Rapper’s Delight.'”

Everybody Wants Some track listing (digital)
“My Sharona” – the Knack
“Heart Of Glass” – Blondie
“Take Your Time (Do It Right)” – SOS Band
“Heartbreaker” – Pat Benatar
“Alternative Ulster” – Stiff Little Fingers
“Every 1’s A Winner” – Hot Chocolate
“Everybody Wants Some!!” – Van Halen
“Let’s Get Serious” – Jermaine Jackson
“Pop Muzik” – M
“Because The Night” – Patti Smith Group
“I Want You To Want Me (Live)” – Cheap Trick
“Hand In Hand” – Dire Straits
“Whip It” – Devo
“Romeo’s Tune” – Steve Forbert
“Good Times Roll” – the Cars
“Rapper’s Delight” – the Sugar Hill Gang

Everybody Wants Some track listing (vinyl)
Side A:
“My Sharona” – the Knack
“Heart Of Glass” – Blondie
“Take Your Time (Do It Right)” – SOS Band
“Heartbreaker” – Pat Benatar
“Every 1’s A Winner” – Hot Chocolate
“Alternative Ulster” – Stiff Little Fingers

Side B:
“Everybody Wants Some!!” – Van Halen
“Let’s Get Serious” – Jermaine Jackson
“Pop Muzik” – M
“Because The Night” – Patti Smith Group
“I Want You To Want Me (Live)” – Cheap Trick
“Rough Boys” – Pete Townshend

Side C:
“Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” – Van Halen
“Bad Girls” – Donna Summer
“Hand In Hand” – Dire Straits
“Whip It” – Devo
“I’m Bad (I’m Nationwide)” – ZZ Top
“Maybe I’m a Fool” – Eddie Money

Side D:
“Romeo’s Tune” – Steve Forbert
“Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)” – Parliament
“Driver’s Seat Cars” – Sniff ‘n’ the Tears
“Good Times Roll” – the Cars
“Rapper’s Delight” – the Sugar Hill Gang

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