Monday, March 22, 2010

Songs in Cinema: 'Hot Tub Time Machine'

John Cusak once said in an interview that "if you do one type of movie it makes it a lot easier to do other kinds of movies that you want to do. It's just reality." What he's saying is that he has to films like 'Must Love Dogs,' 'Serendipity' and '2012' if he's going to make art like 'Being John Malkovich,' 'High Fidelity' and 'The Grifters.' It's funny. I can't tell which group 'Hot Tub Time Machine' falls into. I wouldn't be surprised if, like 'The Hangover,' this film is a total stinker that the masses inexplicably think is Oscar worthy. But I digress.

One aspect of 'Hot Tub Time Machine' that should win an award is the soundtrack. It's an '80s extravaganza. The only two slips are allowing an actor from the film, Craig Robinson ('The Office'), sing a couple of the tunes. Check out the tracklist. The soundtrack comes out on Tuesday, and the film hits the big screen on Friday. I'm really rooting for this one to be from the Cusak I like about half the time. In true '80s fashion, I'm including 12" versions of a couple tracks below. Enjoy.

1. Louder Than A Bomb (Back Into Time) - Public Enemy
2. Perfect Way (Edited Version) - Scritti Politti
3. The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
4. What You Need (Single/LP Version) - INXS
5. Modern Love - (Single Version; 2002 Remaster) - David Bowie
6. I Will Dare - The Replacements
7. Push It (Album Version) - Salt N Pepa
8. Bring On The Dancing Horses - Echo & The Bunnymen
9. Save It For Later - The English Beat
10. True - Spandau Ballet
11. Jessie's Girl - Craig Robinson
12. Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone 12" Remastered Remix) - New Order
13. Once In A Lifetime - (2006 Remastered Version) - Talking Heads
14. Home Sweet Home - Motely Crue
15. Let's Get It Started - Craig Robinson

Echo & The Bunnymen - Bring On The Dancing Horses (Extended Version) (mp3)
Spandau Ballet - True (Extended Version) (mp3)

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