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SONIC DEATH MONKEY Soundtrack Reviews - Tropic Thunder

Monkey Thunder
by Michael Collins

Let's see how much thunder there is in Tropic Thunder. We are in for a varied collection of tracks here. Maybe it is a little too varied.

The look of the Tropic Thunder scared me off so much that you would need to tie me to a truck to drag me to see that film Ė plus some popcorn. Itís all down to the bill poster Ė Black, Stiller and Downey Jr looking all military and testosteroned to the max. All that muscle on display. All that loud attitude; All that Ben Stiller. It would turn a man to drink. Make mine a whiskey.

The artwork for the soundtrack is that same picture, but the track selection is a little friendlier, if eclectic. Thereís a mix of pop tunes from the past thirty years or so. This collection of tracks makes for a warmer welcome than the filmís artwork.

The album opens with a flurry of beats and samples and hell knows what else with The Crystal Methodís version of The Name of the Game. Itís a promising start to the album that got me thinking that maybe the movie may not be so bad.

Whatís also attracting me to the film is 1970s political funk. Oh man, political funk from the 70s. Does it get any better? Well maybe political funk from any other era (especially the 60s or the late 80s/early 90s if we can include hip hop). The Temptations tell it like it is with Ball of Confusion. They tell it so much that this song makes a list and you better watch out your name isnít on it.

For those not on the list they can also enjoy more 70s funk with I Just Wanna Celebrate by The Mooney Suzuki. Itís a great track that gets you out of your chair, on your feet, and fist in the air! Leave those hands in the air for Jaínet Dubois with Moviní On Up, Edwin Starr doing the all time classic, War and then The Edgar Winter Groupís Frankenstein.

Creedance Clearwater Revival sound very dark and gloomy for Run Through The Jungle. It must have been a very thick jungle.

From the dark and gloomy to the chilled and teary that is Enigma. Remember them and all their samples of Gregorian chants? Yeah, itís that one Ė Sadeness Part 1. It used to be sort of cool in a getting it on way, but now, not so much. This song has dated badly, though surprisingly MC Hammerís U Canít Touch This has not. Well the replacement of, You, with U, is now happening more than ever. Sure the clip and all that dancing is rather embarrassing in a You-Canít-Prove-Thatís-Me-In-That-Video way, but the music still has something - That, something, includes, monotonous repetition.

Ben Gidsjoy is one of those great big beat sample-a-thon guys in the style of Fatboy Slim. Gidsjoyís track will fit nicely next to You've Come a Long Way, Baby in your Tunes playlist.

While I realised the diverse mix going on here, the choice of 70s rockers Ten Years After and Steppenwolf made me wonder how on earth all these songs could fit in the one film. Iím sure it would make a whole lot more sense if I just went and saw the damn movie.

This album screams just go buy the tracks you like on iTunes. Thatís what Iíd recommend. Some of these tracks youíll love, but the selection is just too diverse to please most listeners.

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