The Hangover Part II Soundtrack26.05.11 # Soundtrack # 37 Comments
The Hangover 2 soundtrack. In 2009 Todd Philips’ guy pal comedy The Hangover took a worldwide gross of over $467million. Put that into perspective: Scorsese’s Shutter Island took $200million less. Comedies? Superbad took $300million less. Jim Carrey’s Yes Man $240million less. Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, for my mind one of the best post-millenium comedies, took $47million and failed to recoup its budget. The Hangover, then, was successful. Commercially successful. Like Starbucks lattes, like Nike sneakers, it made money. But here’s a view not usually heard amongst all the wide-eyed praise constantly showered upon the film on the basis of its profitability – The Hangover is a formulaic misogynistic piece of populist dumbassery which treats convicted rapist and self-confessed woman hater Mike Tyson like Bill Cosby, which presents a world-view in which the only roles for women are as strippers or hookers or insane banshee girlfriends, in which the most prominent non-white characters are a drug user referred to as ‘Black Doug’ and a group of ridiculous Asian triads. Comedy, ladies and gentlemen, does not need to trade on the white male fear and mistrust and mockery of anything that isn’t white or male, and the only way it’ll stop is if we stop giving the people who turn out this crap $467million.
But The Hangover made money, so welcome one and all to The Hangover 2, back to collect more of your hard earned wages in return for more jokes at the expense of women and minorities, and you know what? Convicted rapist and self-confessed woman hater Mike Tyson was just so gosh-darned funny that he’s back too, and this time he’s singing a song. Another great way for cinematic products to make more money from their target markets is through product differentiation, which includes the selling of t-shirts and posters and coffee mugs and soundtrack CDs. Like the soundtrack to the first Hangover, this example of musical product differentiation is a multi-genre melange of mainstream guitar rock, soul and hip-hop (read: frat-house friendly) containing tracks by The Donnas and Danzig and Wolfmother, and a comedy song from Ed Helms. Unlike the first outing, The Hangover 2 soundtrack also contains snatches of dialogue from the film – so you can relive the Wolfpack’s crazy yet somehow utterly predictable banter from the comfort of your own home, or car, perhaps whilst cruising around town laughing at black and Asian people and asking each woman you pass if she’d like to strip for you or maybe sleep with you for money, whilst sniggering. With Danzig in the background.
That the songs are quite good is neither here nor there (Mark Lanegan in particular is a contemporary genius, and the Danzig track is a pretty good piece of work, but those of you pleased by the inclusion of Billy Joel should remember how much Patrick Bateman liked listening to him whilst flaying call-girls). Like the film, The Hangover 2 soundtrack is a formulaic enterprise executed with zero soul, designed to hit the G-spots of a predominantly white male audience who see no problem with making anyone different to them the butt of all their sniggering playground-esque mockery. All those who don’t think date rape is real rape, congratulations, your new favourite film is here. Buy the soundtrack, and the T-shirt, and let’s see if we can get Todd Philips and team past the $500million mark. We’ll explain it all to our daughters later – after they’ve become stripper-hookers.
For the record, Mike Tyson’s cover of One Night In Bangkok is neither good nor funny, and references to rape and ear biting are noticeably absent.
The Hangover 2 Soundtrack (Songs) – Track List
1. Black Hell – Danzig
2. You Can’t Just Skip Out Of The Bachelor Party [Explicit] – Bradley Cooper (dialogue)
3. Stronger [Explicit] – Kanye West
4. Stew’s First Marriage – Bradley Cooper (dialogue)
5. The Downeaster ‘Alexa’ – Billy Joel
6. Holla, City Of Squaller [Explicit] – Bradley Cooper (dialogue)
7. The Beast In Me – Mark Lanegan
8. What The F*** Is Going On?! [Explicit] – Ed Helms (dialogue)
9. Sofi Needs A Ladder – Deadmau5
10. Allentown [Explicit] – Ed Helms (dialogue)
11. Pusher Man – Curtis Mayfield
12. Seriously, What Is Wrong With You Three? – Sasha Barrese (dialogue)
13. Love Train – Wolfmother
14. Farting Medication – Bradley Cooper (dialogue)
15. I Ran – Ska Rangers
16. When A Monkey Nibbles [Explicit] – Zach Galifianakis (dialogue)
17. One Night In Bangkok – Mike Tyson
18. Hold On Gay Boys – Ken Jeong (dialogue)
19. Just The Way You Are – Ska Rangers
20. Bad Man’s World – Jenny Lewis
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