Gamer Soundtrack2.09.09 # Soundtrack # 22 Comments
The Gamer soundtrack. Who do you get to soundtrack a 21st century action-death-guns romp starring Gerard Butler, Michael C Hall, Ludacris, and John Leguizamo? Clearly, you get Marilyn Manson, The Bloodhound Gang, Sammy Davis Jnr, and 19 tracks of intrigue, metal guitars, and post-Dust Brothers beats by Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (two rock and roll names right there). Duh.
Gamer does not have the type of cast list you see every day, but then this is the kind of film that once upon a time would have starred Christopher Lambert (come on, who remembers Fortress?). And what’s more, it’s from the writer/directors of the Crank films (which means writer/directors who specialise in writing BANG, THUMP, TITS a lot) so I’m guessing Shia Laboeuf wasn’t kicking their door down to get involved. No, it’s all about the Butler, who, after Rocknrolla, PS I Love You and The Ugly Truth, seems to specialise in choosing the most bizarre range of mediocre films imaginable. The only other person who can make a legitimate claim that their best work was in a Guy Ritchie film is Vinnie Jones, and that’s not company you want to be in now is it? I give 3 to 1 odds that Butler’s next release will be an Oscar baiting tale about a gruff teacher with a heart of gold teaching Puerto Rican street kids how to read. Against the backdrop of the civil rights movement. Directed by Troy Duffy.
Now, for an action-death-guns romp with a gruff macho male lead aimed at teenage boys (it’s a film about online gamers getting to control real-life killers – it ain’t aimed at soccer moms) you have to expect crunchy guitars from the generic end of the innovation scale, lots of pent up angst, and if you’re lucky maybe a half decent Deftones track (probably with some identikit beats slapped on top of it and called a remix, just to keep things as mediocre as possible). With the Gamer soundtrack, you don’t even get that. You get ONE Marilyn Manson track, ONE Bloodhound Gang track (The Bloodhound Gang? Really?) and a whole swathe of uninspired atmospherics from these Williamson & Zaneli people. Plus an admittedly cool Sammy medley, taking care of the obligatory what-the-f**k quotient. So, essentially, if you the buy the Gamer soundtrack, first of all you need to think of better ways to spend your allowance, and second you get to head-bang for one song, head-bob for another song, peer at your surroundings with a look of gruff suspicion and intrigue, occasionally pretending to shoot a futuristic pulse rifle at non-existent attackers, for about half an hour, then relax with Sammy for six minutes and pretend you’re wearing a tux. Actually that sounds quite fun.
Gamer Soundtrack (Songs / Score) – Track Listing
1. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Marilyn Manson
2. The Bad Touch – The Bloodhound Gang
3. Deathmatch – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (3:14)
4. Society – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (0:42)
5. Slayers – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (0:39)
6. Kable’s New Ride – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (2:19)
7. The Prison Yard – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (1:39)
8. Upgrades – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (3:14)
9. Target Practice – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (4:22)
10. Gina Parker Smith – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (0:27)
11. Simon’s House – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (2:56)
12. Turn Me Loose – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (1:50)
13. You Have To Escape – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (2:17)
14. Kable Is Gone - Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (0:56)
15. Dress Up Doll - Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (0:41)
16. Humanz – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (1:55)
17. The Thorax Bar – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (1:53)
18. Kable Rescues Angie – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (1:19)
19. Blood Ball – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (2:05)
20. Interrogating Simon - Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (2:42)
21. Kable Vs. Castle – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (2:53)
22. I Think It, You Do It – Robert Williamson & Geoff Zaneli (4:38)
23. Medley: I’ve Got You Under My Skin/Big Bad John/Night And Day – Sammy Davis, Jr.
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