Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rebel-Rousing Shock: `Gump' as Soundtrack

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rebel-Rousing Shock: `Gump' as Soundtrack

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SITTING right there at No. 2, it's the most surprising album on the Billboard charts - and nobody is more surprised by the success of the "Forrest Gump" soundtrack than the folks featured on the record.

Roger McGuinn was sitting at home when the phone rang last month. It was his son, who had just seen the movie. Did Dad know the Byrds' "Turn, Turn, Turn" was in the flick?

Duane Eddy was watching the film in a theater with his wife - they're big Tom Hanks fans - when Eddy heard his guitar classic "Rebel Rouser" crank up on screen.

Is this any way to treat two members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? It must be, because both McGuinn and Eddy went from surprised to delighted about their resurgence on the charts.

"Isn't it funny? It's just like Forrest Gump," said McGuinn, who has temporarily delayed work on a new album to enjoy the success and do a little publicity for the "Forrest Gump" double CD. A "Turn, Turn, Turn" video, using "Gump" footage, also is finished.

If "Gump" the movie was an instant winner, "Gump" the soundtrack was a harder sell - even though it's now outselling the Rolling Stones, Stone Temple Pilots and the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos.

As a double CD, it was more expensive than the typical soundtrack. Because of the subject matter, tunes from the '50s, '60s and '70s were culled for the soundtrack - there was no unifying sales theme. The most recent track, Bob Seger's "Against the Wind," dates back to 1980.

And the last double-CD soundtrack on the Billboard charts was "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" in 1982 - and that peaked at No. 54.

Then consider the other soundtracks that have hit the Top 20 in 1994:

"The Lion King" (No. 1) - Your kids demand it.

"Above the Rim" - Dr. Dre. Snoop Doggy Dog.!

"The Crow" - Alternative rock's greatest hits.

"Philadelphia" - Springsteen won the Oscar.

"The Bodyguard" - Whitney! …

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