Kick-Ass Soundtrack2.04.10 # Soundtrack # 122 Comments
The Kick-Ass soundtrack. With the inclusion of one song, Matthew Vaughn’s third film can (perhaps surprisingly) be said to have one of the best soundtracks of the year. The song rears its beautiful head half-way through the album at track number 7. It’s The Dickies’ version of the Banana Splits theme, a two minute burst of gleeful throw-your-limp-body-all-over-the-room-and-forget-your-troubles-you-frustrated-adolescent type punkishness from the self-proclaimed first Californian punk band, and the fact that it soundtracks an extremely funny scene of tongue-in-cheek ultra-violence committed by an 11-year-old girl just makes it all the better.
The rest of the record provides a mix of upbeat raucousness from venerable outfits (The Prodigy, Primal Scream, New York Dolls) and a few pleasing curveballs (Sparks, Elvis, Ennio Morricone), so The Dickies aren’t holding the Kick-Ass soundtrack up all by themselves, which is good, because most of their members are either knackered from thirty years of touring or dead. Which makes it harder to fathom why Mika was hired for the theme song – and why he’s been encouraged to produce such a facile chunk of house music (perhaps he doesn’t need encouragement, snort guffaw). It’s not only low-rent school disco schlock, it’s out of step with the rest of the soundtrack, on several levels. True, it does have the kind of camp tongue-in-cheek element common in most of Mika’s pop minstrelling, which is tonally appropriate to the film, but that’s about all you can say for it. When he laspes into his Freddie Mercury impression, it just serves to remind you by comparison how great Queen were at soundtracks.
But then I suppose Mika’s more reliable to commission than Primal Scream or The Dickies. If you commissioned the Scream you’d probably have to worry about Manny and Bobby Gillespie divvying up the advance for skunk and ketamine, and that’s the kind of financial fretting that makes executive producers frown into their coco pops. And most of The Dickies are dead, which again counts as a negative for profitability predictions. Whereas Mika has nice curly hair and, I imagine, would be less likely to stab you in the face with a beer bottle if you offered him a herbal tea than any of the other aforementioned musicians. Which, ironically, makes him less suited to soundtrack a film in which an 11 year old girl cuts off people’s limbs in a humorous fashion. The movie biz, eh? It’s a mess of contradictions.
My advice for tackling this kind of financially motivated musical foul-up is two-fold. First, buy the Kick-Ass soundtrack, because it’s 90% great, and it’s a cold day in hell when a mainstream film uses an original 70s punk single and it doesn’t feel hideously derisive. Secondly, find Mika’s postal address and send him a letter (a polite letter mind, for the lad knows not what he does) outlining the societal benefits of generic house music, of which there are none, versus the societal benefits of the various local punk rock scenes that sprung up from London to Manchester to New York to LA, of which there are many. It won’t make a difference of course, because he probably likes the music he makes, and it makes him lots of money. But giving happy-go-lucky financially successful emotionally vacant pop vocalists a stern talking to is exactly what The Dickies would want.
Kick-Ass Soundtrack (Songs) – Track List
1. Stand Up – The Prodigy
2. Kick Ass (We Are Young) – Mika Vs. Redone
3. Can’t Go Back – Primal Scream
4. There’s A Pot A Brewin’ – The Little Ones
5. Omen – The Prodigy
6. Make Me Wanna Die – The Pretty Reckless
7. Banana Splits – The Dickies
8. Starry Eyed – Ellie Goulding
9. This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us – Sparks
10. We’re All In Love – The New York Dolls
11. Bongo Song – Zongamin
12. Per Qualche Dollaro In Piu – Ennio Morricone
13. Bad Reputation – The Hit Girls
14. An American Trilogy – Elvis Presley
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