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If you had HBO in the mid-’80s, you probably saw The Last American Virgin. You probably saw it multiple times. And if you’re anything like me, the ending kicked you in the %#@$ every time.

For ninety minutes, The Last American Virgin is a typical early-’80s teen sex comedy. There are a lot of boobs, a lot of drugs, and a lot of sex. But in the last fifteen minutes, the movie transforms itself into perhaps the most honest portrayal of teenage life and love ever put on film, A movie with an ending like this would never be released today– test audiences would have a fit, and the director would be forced to reshoot. Thankfully, that didn’t happen to this cult classic.

Last American Virgin Gary Karen Rose

Like most teen comedies, the music plays a huge part in The Last American Virgin. AOR staples from from Journey and REO Speedwagon mingle seamlessly with edgier tracks from The Plimsouls and Blondie, and the soundtrack boasts four songs unavailable elsewhere. The soundtrack album has become a huge collector’s item over the years, especially since it has never been released on CD (don’t be fooled by the bootleg CD selling on Amazon). It took the Analog Kid years to track down an original mint-condition vinyl copy, and now I would like to share it with you. Come to me, my big burrito!

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The Last American Virgin: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Columbia Records, 1982

 

1. Tommy Tutone: “Teen Angel Eyes” (Heath/Keller/Call) 

Teen Angel Eyes

Previously unreleased

2. The Police: “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” (Sting)

De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da

3. Devo: “Whip It” (Casale/Mothersbaugh)

Whip It

4. Phil Seymour: “When I Find You” (Rollings)

When I Find You

Previously unreleased

5. Oingo Boingo: “Better Luck Next Time” (Elfman)

Better Luck Next Time

Previously unreleased

6. Gleaming Spires: “Are You Ready For The Sex Girls” (Bohem/Kendrick)

Are You Ready For The Sex Girls?

7. The Cars: “Since You’re Gone” (Ocasek)

Since You’re Gone

8. The Waitresses: “I Know What Boys Like” (Butler)

I Know What Boys Like

9. The Fortune Band: “Airwaves” (Fortune/Fortune/Barrett)

Airwaves

Previously unreleased

10. U2: “I Will Follow” (Hewson/Mullen/Clayton/The Edge)

I Will Follow

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Bonus Tracks!

Like many film soundtracks, there are a number of songs in the movie that do not appear on the soundtrack. Don’t you just HATE that?

11. The Commodores: “Oh No” (Richie)

Oh No

12. James Ingram & Quincy Jones: “Just Once” (Mann/Weil)

Just Once

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About The Analog Kid

"I'm 5-foot-8, 123 pounds. I have, uh, brown hair, blue eyes. I enjoy surfing, backgammon and men who aren't afraid to cry."

3 responses »

  1. smokezilla says:

    Tommy Tutone’s “Angel Say No” and “Cheap Date” are two of the great, under-appreciated songs of that era. “What do ya say, June”

  2. MaxHorn says:

    I recently ripped “Tutone 2” from vinyl– need to do the same with the first LP as well!

  3. Randall Huff says:

    Now I am going to have to rent this movie and watch it again. Wonder if it holds up as good as the music?

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