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The Portlandian, the Internet's premier source of Tonya News

December 31, 2018 Edition - SPECIAL NEW YEAR'S EVE EDITION
(C) 2018 Portland Ice Skating Society

As we enter the final hours of 2018, we look back on the year 
that has passed. And what a year it's been! An outstanding year 
for Tonya, and clearly the best year for Tonyaphiles since 1991 
and with more coverage of Tonya in the media than at any time 
since 1994. And unlike that year, it's been mostly positive this 
time around. It's seen her make many public appearances, 
culminating with making it to the final of Dancing With The 
Stars back in May.

We think it's only appropriate that we celebrate by paying 
tribute to the thing that has started it all - the movie "I, 

Without doubt one of the highlights of that film is its 
soundtrack. Craig Gillespie and his team of musicians and 
advisors put together a carefully curated collection ranging from 
Doris Day to the Violent Femmes that rightfully earned it the 
title of "Goodfellas of Figure Skating". So what better way to 
send off one of the best Tonya years ever than by playing the 
soundtrack to the film that made it all possible?

Now there are other "I, Tonya" playlists out there, but we 
believe we've assembled the one that's most complete, including 
virtually every piece of music that's in the film apart from a 
handful of unidentified production library tracks that probably 
aren't on-line anyway. It includes many tracks that's not on the 
official soundtrack album. We've hunted down the best-quality 
videos, both picture and sound-wise, for maximum enjoyment, 
including some obscure performances.

Unfortunately Casey Kasem and Wolfman Jack are now spinning discs 
up in the big radio station in the sky, so you'll just have to 
put up with our own Terry Hall, the poor man's Dr. Johnny Fever, 
counting down the Tonya Top Twenty-Eight (plus one bonus track) 
from Coast To Coast. So don't touch that dial!


Here's the YouTube playlist - we recommend using Chrome fitted 
with the AdGuard ad-blocker to eliminate interruptions and set to 
full-screen mode. Feed it through to the stereo and the biggest 
monitor you've got, hit Play All and kick back and enjoy:

Comments on the individual tracks below:

1. First up, "I, Tonya - Behind the Soundtrack" with Craig 
Gillespie, Music Supervisor Sue Jacobs and composers Peter Nashel 
& Mark Batson, reveals how Tonya was so toxic that alot of songs 
nearly didn't make it. Peter Nashel also composed three pieces 
for the film.

2. Mark Batson - "Fair To Love Me" (2017).

Title logo song, also played when Jeff & Shawn storm out and 
drive to Sun Valley. Written especially for the movie. Since 
starting out as a jazz saxophonist, Batson has gone on to write 
the scores to dozens of films and TV shows:

3. Cliff Richard - "Devil Woman" (1976).

LaVona & Tonya meet Diane for the first time. Actually an 
anachronism, since Tonya met Diane in 1974, but contrary to 
popular belief I think that "Devil Woman" refers to baby Tonya 
rather than LaVona, since she skates up behind Diane and "gets 
her from behind":

4. Dr. Feelgood - "Hey Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut" (1977).

Played when LaVona describes her hitting Tonya "once", and 
through a montage of her hitting Tonya multiple times.

5. Fun Lovin' Criminals - "Shining Star" (1998).

Rabbit coat scene, and also when Tonya returns home to find a 
fridge full of Dove Bars.

6. Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky (1970).

This is the song that's playing when Tonya's dad drives off. Who 
says religious music has to be boring?

It's danced to by Pan's People on the BBC's Top Of The Pops show, 
circa Christmas 1973. Okay, so we have to put up with the evil 
Jimmy Savile at the start and finish, who shortly after his death 
in 2012 was outed as one of Britain's biggest sex offenders, but 
even he can't spoil a Pan's People performance:

7. Bad Company - "Shooting Star" (1975). Tonya fixes Jeff's car:

8. Dire Straits - "Romeo & Juliet" (1980).

Tonya & Jeff's romance. Mark Knopfler originally refused 
permission for this song to be used, but changed his mind after 
the film's music supervisor badgered him into looking at the 
completed film:

9. ZZ Top - "Sleeping Bag" (1985).

Tonya is shown skating to this at Skate America in 1986 - in 
fact, Tonya was actually still skating to classical music at this 
stage, and didn't skate to "Sleeping Bag" until the 1991/92 

An added piece of Tonya trivia: the girl in the video is Heather 
Langenkamp, of "Nightmare on Elm Street" fame, who later played 
Nancy Kerrigan in the TV movie "Tonya & Nancy - The Inside 

10. Marshall Tucker Band - "Can't You See" (1973).

Music playing in background when Tonya is sewing a dress & Jeff 
is skidding in a truck:

11. Doris Day - "Dream A Little Dream" (1958).

Wedding scene, and the boxing scene at the end:

12. Joanie Sommers - "Little Girl Bad" (1962).

Triple axel scene (slo-mo):

13. Foreigner - "Feels Like the First Time" (1977).

End of Tonya's 1991 U.S. Nationals Long Program. From the Dutch 
show TopPop in 1977:

14. Hot Chocolate - "Every 1's a Winner" (1978).

Scene after Tonya first walks out on Jeff. A cover version by Gun 
is used in the trailer:

15. En Vogue - "Free Your Mind" (1992). Tonya explains that she & 
Nancy were friends:

16. LaTour - "People Are Still Having Sex" (1991). Tonya's 1992 
Olympic Short Program.

William LaTour was a two-hit wonder. His second song "Blue" was 
used in the film "Basic Instinct", which means that although he 
only had two hits, both of them have now been used in films:

17. Supertramp - "Goodbye Stranger" (1979).

Played when Tonya leaves Jeff during the long dolly shot where 
the camera goes out of the house and down the road.

18. Chris Stills - "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" (2017). 

Jeff threatens Tonya with a gun. A cover of the Bee Gees song 
recorded especially for the soundtrack.

19. Heart - "Barracuda" (1977).

Tonya training montage, and when Tonya confronts the skating 
judge in the car park about her scores:

20. Kikback - "Get It Get It" (2017).

This newly-released old-school '90s-style hip-hop track is 
playing in the background in the strip joint when Jeff & Shawn 
plot the death threat:

21. Laura Branigan - "Gloria" (1982).

Played when Shawn's "hit men" are on the way to Portland, and 
also when Shane is later caught. This is an early live 
performance on the BBC from January 1983:

22. Peter Nashel - "Tonya Suite".

Jeff is interviewed by FBI, pays Shawn a grand for the job. One 
of three pieces specially composed by Nashel for the film. Also 
plays during the end credits and at other times in the film:

23. Peter Nashel - "The Incident". Shane stalks and whacks Nancy 
at Cobo:

24. Violent Femmes - "Gone Daddy Gone" (1983). Jeff discovers 
what Shawn has done:

25. Peter Nashel - "A Fair Shot". Jeff arranges to meet Shawn at 
the restaurant.

26. Chicago - "25 or 6 to 4" (1969).

Tonya confesses to the FBI, leaves Jeff for the final time. Live, 
Tanglewood, Lenox MA. July 1970 - and in stereo!

27. Fleetwood Mac - "The Chain" (1977).

The media circus, Jeff & Shawn arrested. "I was loved for a 

28. Siouxsie & The Banshees - "The Passenger" (1987).

End credits. Originally by Iggy Pop, but you can't complain about 
this version:

Finally, a song that wasn't on the "I, Tonya" soundtrack, but 
SHOULD have been:

29. Suzi Quatro - "The Wild One" (1974)

Still think it needed some E.L.O. though...


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