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Recollection Volume 11 – The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie – Music from the Movie and More…

Recollection is a project to review my record collection. I will listen to an album I own and review it. The album will be chosen randomly by computron. Today computron chooses… 

Album: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie – Music from the Movie and More…
Artist: Various Artists
Released: 2004
Format(s) I own it on: CD

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob Squarepants, of course.

For the purpose of stats, I will count this record as male and American, as the vast majority of the contents are both. Sorry Avril. I should also state for the record, that this was a promo disc.

The album starts off with a cover of the theme song, performed by Avril Lavigne, which doesn’t compare to other great theme song covers like OK Go’s version of “The Muppet Show Theme.” Fortunately the album also ends with a hilariously epic version of the theme song that puts this to shame.

The record has a lot of great artists, Flaming Lips, Wilco, The Shins, Ween, and Motörhead. You’d be surprised at how mediocre many of these songs are.

I haven’t seen the film since it first came out, but I remember quite liking it. It was stupid fun, much like the television show. For those that don’t know Spongebob is the most insane television cartoon, and for some odd reason people let their children watch it. It’s great if you’re an adult, though.

Highlights

Definitely the highlight of the record is Wilco’s “Just A Kid.” Written by Jeff Tweedy and his son, it’s an infectiously fun pop song.

There are also some songs performed by the cast of Spongebob Squarepants. These songs work well in the context of the film, but don’t have much life outside of it. “Now That We’re Men” is silly and fun to have this sung by the most child-like characters on television, but outside the film, meh.

Lowlights

Patrick’s song “Under My Rock.” Just don’t.

My original review for Being There is available here. I honestly can’t believe I gave it as high of a rating as I did. However, as I reread what I wrote, it actually is very good at what it is trying to do, make a record for Spongebob. Just don’t expect to listen to it again.

Men 8.25 (75%) | Women 2.75 (25%)
Canada 4 (36%) | USA 5.33 (48%) | UK 1.66 (15%)
Ontario 0 (0%) | Quebec 0 (0%) | Nova Scotia2 (50%) | New Brunswick 1 (25%) | Manitoba 0 (0%) | British Columbia 0 (0%) | Prince Edward Island 0 (0%) | Saskatchewan 0 (0%) | Alberta 0 (0%) | Newfoundland and Labrador 1 (25%)
Northwest Territories 0 (0%) | Yukon 0 (0%) | Nunavut 0 (0%)

 

Beatles on Letterman

To celebrate The Beatles performing on Ed Sullivan, in 1964, David Letterman, who hosts his show on the same stage, has been inviting bands to perform Beatles songs.

Broken Bells – And I Love Her

Looping Ringo’s drumming from “I Am The Walrus,” Broken Bells add some sparse electronic music, acoustic guitar, and vocals. The tempo is slowed down and they were very effective in creating a melancholy mood to the song. It honestly reminds me of Sinister-era Belle & Sebastian. A higher compliment, I can barely fathom.

Of course for those unaware, Brian Burton is Danger Mouse. Danger Mouse made the epic Grey Album which mixed both Jay-Z’s Black Album with The Beatles self-titled album which is commonly referred to as “The White Album.”

Sting – Drive My Car

They decided to follow up this genius with a soulless cover by Sting. I have no idea who is accompanying him on vocals, but her vocals are mixed higher and kind of terrible, but I think they might be trying to mask Sting’s poor performance.

Lenny Kravitz – Get Back

There was nothing original to this cover, but overall, it was enjoyable. Kravitz does a decent Beatles cover.

The Flaming Lips & Sean Lennon – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

They definitely have the advantage of having a vocalist who sounds almost identical to John Lennon, his second son, Sean Lennon. They tried something bold, and slowed down the chorus, but I don’t feel it worked. The song needs that sudden burst of energy that spills out of Ringo’s drums as it lunges into the chorus.

The second verse gets better as Lennon takes the lead vocals. While Wayne Coyne is a great vocalist, and did a good job on the first verse, well, Lennon is a Lennon. Sure he’s not THE Lennon, but since that one has been dead for 34 years, we’ll take Sean1.

Overall, it’s decent. Nothing spectacular, except the set.

Lauryn Hill – Something

An interesting performance. I like how she upped the tempo of the song. It worked for her voice. Don’t think it would’ve worked for The Beatles, but the extra layer of soul she added, the faster tempo helped.

Definitely ended off the week well.

  1. Who is a damn good singer/songwriter in his own right. Listen to Dead Meat. []