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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.

Listen To The Kick-Ass Soundtrack:

You can download the Kick-Ass soundtrack as mp3s here (For UK click here)
Or get it on CD here (For UK click here)

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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  • Sheridan Passell said

    Leave Mika alone!!

    In general, good songs choices, good album.

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  • Peter said

    MIKA IS THE MODERN DAY QUEEN AND HIS SONG IS THE BEST!

    MIKA KICKS ASS!

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  • dnwilliams said

    THANK YOU!

    People liking that Mika track…I feel like I’m taking CRAZY pills!

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  • Eleanor said

    What’s the track used in the big fight scene with all the flashing strobe lights (trying not to give away any of the plot)? It’s a music only piece, and I know I know it, but can’t think of what it is. Really bugging me! Thanks

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    • alpa mi said

      It sounds like a “modified” version of the “28 days” anthem.

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    • Sharon said

      I really like that music, too. It sounds like a blend between “In The House – In A Heartbeat” by John Murphy (used in both movies, “28 Days” and “28 Days Later” as well as in during the scene where Big Daddy kills some of D’Amico’s men) and it’s available individually on ITunes as well as the on the “28 Days” soundtrack – and another piece of music not available on the KickA** soundtrack – Bummer! That’s a shame because whatever it is, it rocks!! One song listed in the movie credits but not on the soundtrack is “For The Both Of Us”. Perhaps that’s it but it’s not available on ITunes and I’m unable to find it so far. If anyone knows where it can be listened to, please let us all know. :-)

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      • Sharon said

        Correction – “In The House – In A Heartbeat” by John Murphy is in both movies, “28 Days Later” and “28 Weeks Later”.

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    • Sharon said

      Cancel my last comment because here is the music we’re looking for! It’s a blend of “Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)” and “Kanada’s Death Pt.2″, both by John Murphy. They’re available on the “Sunshine” soundtrack but ITunes makes you buy the whole album for $9.99 – hate that ITunes does that, but they’re worth it, and there are a couple of others on that soundtrack that are good, too. Perhaps they can be bought by themselves elsewhere.

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  • ACLAY said

    The MIKA track is the BEST one.

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  • lauren said

    john murphy, surface of the sun.

    but its a bit diff in the film.

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  • Shayne Martin said

    I’ve seen the previews to this movie and I must say I’m impress. It really is gonna kick-ass, but do you think its possible if it was made into a videogame? I think it would be off the chain if it could happen.

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  • fadedglamour said

    I honestly have no idea why Mika is involved. Fair enough, he’s a mainstream popstar who might widen the audience of ‘Kick-Ass’ but really the song doesn’t fit with the tone at all. Which is why I guess they relegated it to the middle of the end credits sequence.

    The soundtrack is also missing the epic John Murphy piece from Sunshine that is used during one of the best scenes of the film. (Eleanor – I think the track is called Kaneda’s Death, if you search through YouTube for “John Murphy Sunshine” you’ll definitely get hold of the right one.)

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  • Jag Gill said

    The song used in the film when they show it as Big Daddy who kills everyone and blows up the lumber warehouse??? When they watch the video through the teddy??

    Whats that SONG????

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  • OldJackyWhite said

    Jag Gill – the song when Big Daddy kills all the guys in the Lumber factory is “In the House – In a Heartbeat” by John Murphy you can find it on the 28 Days Later soundtrack and iTunes

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    • Andy m said

      A million thanks for that! When I heard it a while back on a tv show I knew I’d heard it before somewhere and spent hours scouring the net to no avail. Then I saw Kickass -and found your pointer:)

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  • TINA TRAMPOLINA said

    im old enough to remember the dickies the first time round, bougtht their greatest hits cd, and went to see them live in newcastle uk last year, they were as fit and crazy as ever and sounded just as good, u young punks should give them a listen!! p.s. hit girl has inspired this 4ft 11ins old ex punk to dress as her for fancy dress this weekend!!! lol. kick ass does just that!!!!!!

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  • superstar said

    Wow, the Mika track really blows my mind. It’s so catchy, I can’t get it out of my head. Makes me want to go and fight crime!

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  • Burkovic said

    Anyone know the name of the song near the end of the film when hitgirl is in the penthouse and she is behind a statue with loads of lads filling up the hallway full of bookshelves on either side then it breaks into that bad reputation song???

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  • Will said

    Anyone know the name of the tune where Dave and Katie are making out in her room??

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  • CNash said

    Can anyone identify the music playing when Dave tries and fails to jump between buildings (“in the beta testing stage”)?

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