Although the movie was a sleeper success at best, the soundtrack for Empire Records made waves. The top alternative bands of the moment, including The Cranberries, Better Than Ezra and Gin Blossoms were meant to conjure the hipness of the films characters. But the standout of the album was the decidedly different A Girl Like You, by former Orange Juice man Edwyn Collins. A bluesy, throwback number mixed with the swagger of Robert Palmer, it’s basically the polar opposite of everything else on the album. With scorching guitar, slinky vibraphone and Collins’ baritone croon, nothing about the song resembles the “cool,” sensitive indie that the characters worship so much, which is why it is actually by far the coolest thing on the collection. It’s brilliantly out of time, but still forward thinking, incorporating a beautiful medley of squealing distortion. As a result, it’s basically the only track that doesn’t sound dated, standing out as a monument to bucking trends and going your own way.