Comprised mainly of late-'70s FM radio staples, Over the Edge plays like a hard rock musical yearbook, with signature tracks from Cheap Trick, the Cars, Ramones, and Van Halen. This collection serves essential for this dark and influential film about a new suburban community vandalized by disillusioned youth abusing drugs and alcohol. Teenage themes of rebellion run rampant through these selections -- perhaps best displayed by "Surrender," a euphoric anthem about complacency and freedom from parental meddling. However, by 1979 the material here was a bit overexposed, which quelled the necessity to own it, but this album is a fantastic battle souvenir from the war that continues to wage between teenagers and authority.
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AllMusic Review by Craig Curtice