By Philip Friedman | November 19th, 2012
Every once in a while, a movie comes along where the music plays such an important role that it’s almost another character. Tis was exactly the case for 2000′s High Fidelity.
Based on the novel of the same name written by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity is the tale of record store owner Rob Gordon (played by John Cusak) who revisits his past relationships to figure out what went wrong with his most recent girlfriend. Accompanied by the two music dorks that work for him, the trio make the forming of musical top five lists an art while berating each others tastes as well as their customers. Jack Black plays one of the aforementioned music dorks, making this one hilarious flick. It also reminds us of the days before music blogs, and just how loved and important the record store used to be.
With the setting of the movie being primarily in a record store, director Stephen Frears made sure to include high quality music from previous decades. Perhaps one of my favorite scenes from the movie is where Cusak put’s on “Dry the Rain,” by The Beta Band, and one of the customers starts grooving to the track and says, “Good song!” Cusak replies with an iconic music snob statement, “I know.”
On that note, enjoy the High Fidelity soundtrack, featuring some of the highlights from the movie. And when you realize how much you like it, just remember… I know.