Island Records

Apr 01 1995

The 1995 film The Basketball Diaries starred Leonardo DiCaprio, and had a plot that goes something like this (according to the Internet Movie Database): Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity.

The track list for the soundtrack is as follows:

  1. Jim Carroll w/Pearl Jam - Catholic Boy
  2. Graeme Revell w/Jim Carroll - Devil's Toe
  3. PJ Harvey - Down by the Water
  4. Rockers HiFi - What A Life
  5. Graeme Revell w/Jim Carroll - I Am Alone
  6. The Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died
  7. The Doors - Riders on the Storm
  8. Green Apple Quick Step - Dizzy
  9. Graeme Revell w/Jim Carroll - It's Been Hard
  10. The Posies - Coming Right Along
  11. Massive Internal Complications - Strawberry Wine
  12. The Cult - Star
  13. Graeme Revell - Dream Massacre
  14. Flea - I've Been Down
  15. Soundgarden - Blind Dogs

Clocking in at 4:40, Soundgarden's "Blind Dogs" is only heard in the movie during the closing credit sequence. The Basketball Diaries soundtrack is the only recording that contains this song, which includes music by Kim Thayil and lyrics by Chris Cornell. There is a sound clip [AU: 394,535] available.