Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Flax (Winona Ryder) is tired of her wacky mom (Cher) moving their family to a different town any time she feels it is necessary. When they move to a small Massachusetts town and Mrs. Flax begins dating a shopkeeper (Bob Hoskins), Charlotte and her 9-year-old sister, Kate (Christina Ricci), hope that they can finally settle down. But when Charlotte’s attraction to an older man gets in the way, the family must learn to accept each other for who they truly are.
The Mermaids soundtrack was released in Europe on November 13, 1990, and on December 8, 1990, in the U.S. The album also peaked at number sixty-five on the Billboard 200. Two singles, both recorded by Cher, were released to promote the soundtrack: “Baby I’m Yours” (originally recorded by Barbara Lewis), released as the first European single, and the worldwide hit “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” (originally recorded by Betty Everett), which was released as the second European single. It was also Cher’s first single from her album, Love Hurts. In the U.S., “The Shoop Shoop Song” was the first single from the soundtrack.
Music From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Mermaids is the soundtrack album from the film Mermaids starring Cher, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci, and Bob Hoskins.
1. The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)
Written by Rudy Clark
Performed by Betty Everett
Courtesy of Vee-Jay International, Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing, Inc.
2. Big Girls Don’t Cry
Written by Bob Crewe & Bob Gaudio
Performed by The Four Seasons
Courtesy of Bob Gaudio & Frankie Valli
dba The Four Seasons Partnership.
3. You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson)
Performed by The Miracles
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
4. IT’S MY PARTY
Performed by Lesley Gore.
5. Johnny Angel
Written by Lyn Duddy & Lee Pockriss
Performed by Shelley Fabares
Courtesy of MCA Records
6. BABY I’M YOURS*
Performed by Cher.
7. Just One Look
Written by Gregory Carroll & Doris Troy (as Doris Payne)
Performed by Doris Troy
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products.
8. Love Is Strange
Written by Sylvia Robinson, Mickey Baker and Bo Diddley (as E. McDaniel)
Performed by Mickey & Sylvia
Courtesy of RCA Records.
Written by Santo Farina (as Farina), Johnny Farina (as Farina) & Ann Farina (as Farina)
Performed by Santo & Johnny
Courtesy of Dischi Ricordi.
10. If You Wanna Be Happy
Written by Frank Guida (as Frank J. Guida), Carmela Guida & Joseph Royster
Performed by Jimmy Soul
Courtesy of Frank Guida Productions/Legrande-SPQR Records
Video: Mermaids 1990 Trailer