Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series, “Cool Movie Soundtracks Edition,” where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore psychedelic tunes from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!
Dazed And Confused (1993)
The high-schoolers in Richard Linklater’s 1976-set suburban Texas slice of life are convinced they’re living through one of the lamest eras in American history. The songs blasting out of their car stereos suggest otherwise. Maybe these kids missed the rebellious ’50s and the radical ’60s, but the beatniks, hippies, and early rockers who came before them at least cleared the way for them to smoke dope all day and listen to Foghat, Alice Cooper, and ZZ Top. In the year of the American bicentennial, teenagers had never been so free.
Dazed and Confused is simply one of the finest, if not thee finest, film about high school ever made. It launched the career of several actors, as well as its writer/director. Richard Linklater not only painted statues to look like KISS, but painted a picture of high school that many have tried to duplicate, but have never replicated.
The movie’s success is attributed to its great cast, quotable dialogue, and, of course, the music. In fact, the soundtrack was so good, they made two: Dazed and Confused and Even More Dazed and Confused. Both outstanding soundtracks, both worth investigating.