Piranha 3D Soundtrack24.08.10 # Soundtrack # 30 Comments
The Piranha 3D soundtrack. Fish! Terrifying, aren’t they? Whadda you mean no? We’re not talking about a breadcrumb-coated bit of cod here – these are piranhas! The aquatic menace of choice for Bond villains seeking fishy means with which to punish those underlings unfortunate enough to have incurred their wrath.
Picking the songs for Piranha 3D was a task of balancing context against quality. After all, the human characters in Alexander Aja’s remake of the Corman-produced ’70s schlocker are a mix of spring breakers and porno performers, showcasing their well-honed bods and empty heads out on the beach. Given that then, how in the name of Captain Birdseye can the Piranha people possibly unearth music that will offer a decent listen and yet still correspond to a group of vacuous narcissists so objectionable that the movie in which they exist is asking its audience to take immense pleasure from the sight of them being ripped into hundreds of chunks of bleeding flesh by a ravenous school of stereoscopic killer fish?
Not an easy conundrum to resolve satisfactorily, you would think, and indeed a listen to the Piranha 3D soundtrack confirms precisely that. A lot of it is the kind of stuff that you might expect to hear emanating at too loud a volume from too far wound-down a car window, often replete with a thick ’80s sheen to make it sound more contemporaneously exciting than it actually is (and yes, I’m aware how idiotic it is to cite an ”80s sheen’ as evidence of the contemporary in 2010, but don’t blame me, blame the music industry). Get U Home by Californian rapper Shwayze or Amanda Blank’s Make It Take It fall into this trap, and even old stagers are not immune from the production gloss plague. Public Enemy’s Bring the Noise is essentially bulletproof, yet the toxic remix from Benny Benassi contrives to make you think your stereo is going on the blink when you listen to it.
Superior perhaps are Dub Pistols’ blend of rap and languid sunny brass on She Moves, and the Louie Louie-ish Nadas Por Free from Ozomatli – both of which would probably sound like the greatest thing in the universe if you heard them at a music festival when you had availed yourself of an excess of beer and sunshine at too early a juncture in the day. You could be forgiven for mistaking Adriana Kohtova and Denisa Slepkovska for a Wimbledon ladies quarterfinal match-up but they get to incongruously chime in with a spot of opera, while ‘Paperboy’ Reed aims for a euphoric soulfulness in pleasant enough fashion, without ever quite answering the question of why you would listen to him over going back to the source and digging out some Smokey or Marvin Gaye instead.
Which leaves us with a final three tracks of harder, more aggressive sound than what has gone before. Now You See It features some fascinating sociological musings on posteriors in motion and how many women the main vocalist gets to party with. Doth the gentleman protest too much? And by the time Steve Aoki and [[[Zuper Blahq]]] are In the House, it’s probably high time everyone of taste and/or sanity was leaving.
Piranha 3D Soundtrack Song List
1. Get U Home – Shwayze
2. Shake Shake – Envy feat. Leviticus
3. Here She Comes – Flatheads
4. Make It Take It – Amanda Blank
5. Bring the Noise (Pump-kin remix) – Public Enemy vs. Benny Benassi
6. She Moves – Dub Pistols
7. Flower Duet from Lakme – Adriana Kohtova and Denisa Slepkovska
8. Nadas Por Free – Ozomatli
9. Come and Get It – Eli “Paperboy” Reed
10. Now You See It – Honorebel feat. Pitbull and Jump Smokers
11. M.A.D. – Hadouken!
12. I’m in the House – Steve Aoki feat. [[[Zuper Blahq]]]
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