Episode 16

Published on:

11th Sep 2023

Why Does Courtney E Smith of Songs My Ex Ruined and Eater Dallas Think that the Reality Bites Soundtrack is Odd for a 90's Soundtrack?

Courtney E Smith, host of the Songs My Ex Ruined Podcast, and writer for Eater Dallas, joins Nicole and Ryan to talk about the soundtrack to Ben Stiller's 1994 film, Reality Bites. The film is still thought of fondly by many because of how it captures the spirit of the 90s. The soundtrack was also successful and it even had a Billboard Top 100 #1 single with Lisa Loeb's "Stay", the first #1 single from an unsigned artist.

We Discuss:

  • The Story of "Stay" and how Reality Bites star Ethan Hawke helped get it on the soundtrack
  • How the soundtrack is a weird mix of 70s/80s and not very mainstream 90s songs
  • How the plot of the movie is very tied to 90s "sellout" culture
  • How the stand in for MTV (In Your Face) was pretty accurate
  • ... And More

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For More Information about Courtney E Smith:

Website: https://nevermind.fm/shows/songs-my-ex-ruined/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/courtneyesmith

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/courtneyesmith

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Soundtrack Your Life
A podcast about soundtracks and why they're important to us.
Twice a month, Nicole Barlow and Ryan Pak take a look at a soundtrack. Whether it be a song, a band, or a connection to a specific scene, They discuss personal connections to the soundtrack, with a guest.

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Ryan Pak

Ryan has a degree in Film Studies, and he’s a musician. So, Soundtrack Your Life is the perfect intersection of his two main passions. Plus, he’s an avid music fan—hunting down rare songs from his favorite bands has familiarized him with many obscure soundtracks over the years. It's been so gratifying for him to hear fellow film and music enthusiasts share their stories of why they love soundtracks!