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A soundtrack for No Way Out

Updated: Feb 15, 2023

Whenever I write, music inspires me. Sometimes I have certain songs or music in mind for a particular story, such as a song that a character hears in a bar or on the radio. Other times, it could be music from the time the story takes place. This music might evoke a particular mood or feeling. Sometimes it will inspire me; other times it is like Muzak playing in the background.

This is the playlist for, No Way Out:

  • “Hotel California” – Eagles

  • “Birdhouse in Your Soul” – They Might Be Giants

  • “The Boys of Summer” – Don Henley

  • “Nothing Compares 2 U” – Sinead O’Connor

  • “Unchained Melody” – Righteous Brothers

  • “Twin Peaks theme” – Angelo Badalamenti

  • “Wave of Mutilation” – Pixies

  • “Good-Bye” – Shin Hae Chul

  • “Fight for Your Right” – Beastie Boys

  • “Dangerous” – Roxette

  • “Hey Jack Kerouac” – 10,000 Maniacs

  • “Stand” – R.E.M.

  • “End of the Line” – Traveling Wilburys

  • “She Drives Me Crazy” – Fine Young Cannibals

  • “Running Down a Dream” – Tom Petty

  • “Ice, Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice

  • “Roam” – B-52’s

  • “Epic” – Faith No More

  • “We Didn’t Start the Fire” – Billy Joel

  • “U Can’t Touch This” – MC Hammer

  • “Handle With Care” – Traveling Wilburys

  • “I Touch Myself” – Divinyls

  • “I Drive All Night” – Roy Orbison

  • “Like the Weather” – 10,000 Maniacs

  • “Zombie Zoo” – Tom Petty

  • “Vision of Love” – Mariah Carey

  • “Livin’ on a Prayer” – Bon Jovi

  • “Straight Up” – Paula Abdul

  • “Here Comes Your Man” – Pixies

  • “I Drove All Night” – Cyndi Lauper

Not a bad party mix, if you ask me, though some of these tunes might have some folks scratching their heads and saying, “you like THIS?”

Some interesting inclusions here: You couldn't go anywhere in Seoul in the fall of 1990 without hearing "Unchained Melody" being played. The movie Ghost was a BIG hit in Korea and Koreans could not get enough of this song. As for "Hotel California," even though it was fourteen years old, it was one of those pop/rock songs that got a lot of mileage, especially in clubs and cafes. It was also one of those songs that teachers used to teach English.

As I’ve said, it’s music in the background, though I can never get enough of “Hotel California.” It kind of sums up my 32 years in Korea. “You can check out anytime if you like, but you can never leave.”

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