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Soundtrack to English director Brian Gibson's highly acclaimed 1998 comedy co-starring Billy Connelly about fictitious prog rock band Strange Fruit reuniting. The film has drawn comparisons to 'This Is Spinal Tap'. Feature... more »
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Soundtrack to English director Brian Gibson's highly acclaimed 1998 comedy co-starring Billy Connelly about fictitious prog rock band Strange Fruit reuniting. The film has drawn comparisons to 'This Is Spinal Tap'. Features music by Mick Jones of Foreigner, Chris Difford of Squeeze & Jeff Lynne of E.L.O., plus legendary British producer Clive Langer. 14 tracks in all. 1998 release.
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These guys can REALLY sing! - 4.5 Stars
A.M.Boughey | Rochester, MN | 12/05/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although not as widely available here in the US as Europe, I was very pleased to get hold of this soundtrack after seeing the movie. Having seen (and reviewed) the movie adds an extra enjoyment to the CD, but it is actually a pretty good stand alone album otherwise. If you don't know the movie - Strange Fruit are an allegorical world famous band from the 70's era, and as difficult as it is to recreate that kind of sound, the producers here are to be congratulated. You will listen and come away thinking these guys were real, and were previously huge, and that's an achievement when you consider that it is the cast of ACTORS in the movie actually singing on the soundtrack - NOT stand ins. Jimmy Nail revisits his dulcet tones, which brought him moderate success as a solo artist back in the late 80's / early 90's and there are a couple of tracks from other artists. Otherwise it's Bill Nighy and the cast belting out the tunes to great effect. An umistakable 70's panache underpins the all original score, with long instrumental bridge work breaking up lyrics, and some thrash guitars, and even "Glam" rock effects for good measure. This is a very good album for a lot of reasons, and will make you want to see the movie if you haven't, and underline it sweetly if you have. I challenge you not to be moved by the haunting lyrics of the first (and movie signature) track "The Flame Still Burns". Quite expensive here in the USA, so if you know anyone in Eurpoe, get them to send it to you! Enjoy"
A Portrait Of My Life........
Edgar Brimer | 08/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Still Crazy is very special to me. In 1998, my girlfriend showed up with a VHS copy of the movie, and it immediately became a favorite. The year before, the band with which I had worked in the '70s, had just done a 12 week reunion which, had disintegrated into thin air just as I was preparing to record them for the live CD they never got to do during their first incarnation (no name-dropping here, but they did have 3 major label studio releases). Needless to say, the film struck a chord with me....a very intense "power chord".
I was not a "computer-active" individual then and I could not find the music anywhere, so I took the movie and recorded the audio onto mini-disc and edited together as much as I could (sometimes only pieces of a song). As soon as I was able, I purchased the soundtrack CD, and have actually given it away and replaced it 3 times!!
Jimmy Nail's voice is pure magic (the guy really ought to form a band!!!), and the vibe of the project in general is as moving and authentic as Spinal Tap and The Rutles were funny. If you don't enjoy this album (and yeah, the movie made me sniffle a bit too), then you wouldn't have enjoyed the '70s music scene very much.
And oh, by the way......my guy's did reunite again in 2005, and we did that live CD.......The Flame Still Burns!!!!!!!!