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Show 116: Best Movie Soundtracks, Herbie Hancock and Juno Soundtrack Reviews
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1 Jim and Greg don’t like to give too much airtime to the Grammy Awards, but there was one upset worth mentioning (other than Amy Winehouse not getting a visa). Beating out big names like Winehouse, Kanye West, the Foo Fighters and Vince Gill for Album of the Year was veteran jazz musician Herbie Hancock. Hancock is a critically acclaimed pianist who many listeners will remember for composing the 1983 jazz-hip hop fusion track “Rockit.” But, according to Greg, this is a case of “right artist, wrong year.” Hancock’s winning album River: The Joni Letters is by no means the musician’s finest work. With the exception of the one track on which Joni Mitchell sings, most of the songs have unsuccessful vocals. Greg gives this “muzak” album a Burn It. Jim calls River a “stultifyingly mediocre record” that isn’t a fair representation of the year in music. The Recording Academy might give the album an award, but he gives it a Trash It.
2a Before Jim and Greg launch into their discussion of the best movie soundtracks of all time, they review the soundtrack that’s currently getting the most buzz. Juno, the little movie that could, is not only a success at the box office, but with music consumers as well. The soundtrack became the first Rhino record to hit #1 on the Billboard chart, and it was even able to topple Alicia Keys’ recent release.
2b The success of the Juno soundtrack is surprising considering how obscure many of the songs are. The album is dominated by tracks from The Moldy Peaches and its former lead singer Kimya Dawson. The success is also surprising to Jim because, well…he hates it. He’s gone on record as not liking the movie, but Jim also thinks the album is completely unsuccessful. He finds Dawson’s songwriting amateurish and childish gives the soundtrack a big Trash It. Greg agrees, explaining that it doesn’t seem like Dawson knows the difference between childlike and childish, or between cute and cloying. He says Juno is really tough to listen to and also gives the soundtrack a Trash It rating.
3 The biggest night in Hollywood is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean music fans can’t get into the action. Jim and Greg decided to mark the occasion of the Oscars by playing bits of their favorite movie soundtracks. Here are their picks:
The Royal Tenenbaums
Silence of the Lambs
The Harder They Come
And here are some soundtracks listeners nominated:
24 Hour Party People
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Songs Featured in Show #116
Amy Winehouse, “Rehab,” Back in Black, 2007
Herbie Hancock, “Tea Leaf Prophecy,” Back in Black, 2007
Herbie Hancock, “Rockit,” Future Shock, 1983
Moldy Peaches, “Anyone Else But You,” Juno Original Soundtrack, 2008
Kimya Dawson, “Loose Lips,” Juno Original Soundtrack, 2008
Michael Kamen, “Brazil,” Brazil Original Soundtrack, 1985
Booker T & the MG’s, “Green Onions,” Green Onions, 1962
Toots and the Maytals, “Pressure Drop,” The Harder They Come, 1972
Nico, “These Days,” The Royal Tenebaums, 2001
The Buzzcocks, “Ever Fallen in Love?” 24 Hour Party People, 2002
Comptine dun autre ete Lapres midi,” Amélie, 2001
La valse d'Amélie, (piano version),” Amélie, 2001
Greg Sage, “Return of the Rat,” Hype! 1996
Bee Gees, “Night Fever,” Saturday Night Fever, 1977
Colin Newman, “Alone,” A-Z, 1980
The Creation, “Making Time,” Rushmore, 1999
Tangerine Dream, “Betrayal (Sorcerer’s Theme),” Sorcerer, 1977
Curtis Mayfield, “Pusherman,” Superfly, 1972
Tripping Daisy, “Jump into the Fire,” The Craft (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), 1996
Dick Dale, “Misirlou,” Pulp Fiction, 1994
Phoenix, “Long Distance Call,” It’s Never Been Like That, 2006
Sheryl Crow, “Love is Free,” Detours, 2008
Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers, “Right On,” Doin What We Wanna, 1970
Yeasayer, “Sunrise,” All Hour Symbols, 2007