Mark Knopfler, Going Home / Wild Theme [Single] (1983)
The theme from Local Hero was a big deal before I ever heard the soundtrack and long before I saw the film. The soundtrack – I love. It got me hooked on Mark Knopfler’s soundtrack work, and film scores in general really. But as a Dire Straits fan I knew Going Home from its place as a closing concert track/encore – and it was on some Qantas TV ad, or something like that. I finally got to seeing the Local Hero film and it was sweet and charming and low-key funny and hearing the soundtrack music as actual score for the pictures was some sort of revelation. Like seeing a photo album come to life or something. Anyway, just recently I picked up the 45 of Going Home with its Wild Theme iteration. I don’t really need them on a little vinyl single. I just wanted them. That sums up record collecting in general though, right? A good friend’s father died of the big C some 20 years ago and this music was played at his funeral. We were all there. And it was lump-in-the-throat stuff. It’s funny in a way, or whatever the word is, but I’ve never thought about that more than when I last played these songs; that significance seeming suddenly so crucial, so prominent when I played the 45.
Sample Track 1: (Side A): Going Home
Sample Track 2: (Side B): Wild Theme
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