Ryan Gosling likes to tell the story of how the movie Drive
was created. After director Nicholas Winding Refn turned down the job, Gosling took him for a drive, when REO Speedwagon came on the radio, at which point Refn started singing along and crying and said, "This is what the movie is. It's about a guy who just drives around listening to pop music because it's the only way he can feel anything." Like the film, the soundtrack imitates "Pretty In Pink
with head smashings," utilizing only five songs, including tracks by music supervisor Johnny Jewell's bands, The Chromatics and Desire, and a violently poppy score from ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer, Cliff Martinez.