Moving through Space/Time
Mitch Pierce | united states, north america | 01/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can only describe this CD an extraordinary collection to listen to while adventuring on about where ever you may find yourself. In the movie Al finds a mixed tape in his rental car... a rather nice setup... this is about the time he truly begins his journey of self-discovery. Fueled with rather curious great songs ("Mexican Radio" and "Red Right Hand" to name a couple of the most humorous) this CD (if you can find it; it is most definitely waiting for a copy to come in) will make a well found addition to your collection. Try listening to it as background sometime when you go driving in the evening (sometime in the summer I think would work best) with your windows down. The song collection is also likely to make more sense after viewing the movie a number of times (it would seem hard to believe that this could have been any throw of the dice selection)."
NOT Available From Amazon But A Great CD
A Music Fan | Forest Park, GA USA | 07/28/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I tried ordering this from Amazon three different times, only to be notified (after months of waiting) that it was "no longer available." Why they keep listing it (as new) I do not know. After some research I found out it has been out-of-print for several years so I purchased it used.
It's a great CD, especially if you're familiar with the movie (in the film, most of the songs are on a "found" mix tape). Several of the tracks are pretty obscure and difficult to find elsewhere. Wall of Voodoo's Mexican Radio and Nick Cave's Red Right Hand may be the most well-known of the lot, having appeared on several previous soundtracks and compilations. They both feel at home here and in the movie.
If you're a fan of fifties and sixties rock/surf instrumentals you'll appreciate the great but lesser-known tunes from The Champs, The Fireballs, and The Chantays. All three had hits with other, well-known songs. The Chrome Cranks' psychobilly is pretty raw but somehow fits in.
The only false note comes from director/writer Tom Dicillo's right-wing-nut parody, Gun Control. The song ends up sounding as narrow-minded as those it sneers at. Unfortunately, the movie does the same thing in its depiction of small-town/Southern rednecks and conservative Christians. We've come to expect that type of stereotyping from the big Hollywood studios, but this is a small independent film. But, back to the music.
Jim Farmer's title and incidental music is excellent. My only complaint is that it's bunched together at the end of the CD rather than being integrated with the other music so that it flows naturally, as it does in the movie."
Very Satified Customer
Heidi Bradshaw | Battle Creek, MI | 08/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thank you for sending the soundtrack. It arrived today and it will make a great gift."