Thursday, September 25, 2008

This week at Fierce and Nerdy

I tried to persuade Ernessa to pick Cold War Kids this week, but I couldn't make her cave. Here's my take on her pick, the Choke soundtrack.
A soundtrack, Ernessa? Really? Hold on a second while I pick my head up off the desk and splash some cold water on my face.

Okay, it seems to me that soundtracks are most successful when they’re either trendsetting or unexpected. We love it when Tarantino pulls some obscure but perfect song out of someone’s back catalog and slaps it up onscreen. Or when Cameron Crowe reminds us of “Tiny Dancer,” or….

Sorry, I can’t stop yawning. What was I saying again?

Oh right…anyway, for all I know, the soundtrack to Choke works beautifully in the context of the film. I haven’t seen the movie yet, although I may go just to support its director, Clark Gregg, who happens to be my favorite TV dad in his role on The New Adventures of Old Christine. One listen to his soundtrack doesn’t have me making plans for opening night, though, as it mostly comes off like a perfunctory smattering of buzz bands from the last three to five years. Shout Out Louds, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, (my beloved) Fiery Furnaces, My Morning Jacket, Death Cab for Cutie…they’re all on here. I have no beef with any of these songs necessarily; I’m just not inspired by the collection.

Luckily there are a few highlights. Its always fun to hear Greg Dulli, even if his Twilight Singers (”There’s Been an Accident”) only makes me nostalgic for The Afghan Whigs, and a Britpunk noisefest like “Orgasm Addict” by The Buzzcocks can’t help but stand out in the midst of all this up-to-date indie cool. But the big find of the whole album is a 1971 single from a low-budget Detroit studio called Big Mack; the song is “If You Feel It,” by Ms. Tyree “Sugar” Jones, and it’s a sultry, downright dirty track that deserves all the audience this movie can give it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go look for my Pump Up the Volume soundtrack. After a nap.
For her response, and to hear some of the songs, click here.

No comments: