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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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  • James said

    For all of you asking for the song when they’re both flying together on the jetpack towards the end of the movie it is : Marius Vries – Flying home !!!

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  • BRW said

    There is a tune that plays in the main menu of the blu ray , i cant figure out the song that it is from, anyone know??

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  • lPlElPlE said

    want 2 know name of song that open in the red-mist car?

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  • rose said

    Mika is great but he is no fredie mercury!

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  • rose said

    whats the name of the son “kick ass” and “red mist” listen too in the stang?

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  • rose said

    dec the song starts with criptonight then build into bad rep.

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  • Joe said

    PLEASE, PLEASE…This is killing me…what is the song they put when menu of dvd opens…..it is the same they play at the end of the movie when k ass and hit girl take off flying away from the building….PLEEEAASSEE

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  • Joe said

    never mind….thank you people!!!!!

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  • Daniel said

    Hi..What is the song calls in the end of the movie when they are flying awayr from the building in a strange flyingthing..LOL

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  • TooYoungToDieToOldToRockNRoll said

    Burkovic,
    The song is “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett.
    Who is credited as an inspiration for The Pretty Reckless,
    who sang the song over the credits “Make me Wanna Die”.

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  • soundtrack fiend said

    So, much of the instrumental music is actually “borrowed” (or ripped off of ) Sunshine-a sci fi movie that was much better than kick-ass. How dare you say it’s a good soundtrack, when there is actually very minimal ORIGINAL content?

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  • SOMATIX said

    Please who composed the song that was sung when the Yellow range rover was being impounded. It’s a classical song.

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  • Brent Mitchell said

    I just saw this movie not too long ago and it was great….the soundtrack was right on! Mika is now one of my favs!

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  • alahd said

    where’s crazy by gnarles barkley at?

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  • Advanced said

    whats the song when he wants to jump between buildings, the testing fase, please.

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