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DEUCE BIGALOW: SOUNDTRACK

"There is a mystical, chimerical beast known as the quintessential pop song which stubbornly defies definition; and while nearly everyone agrees it exists, few can agree on what exactly represents its incarnation. Some plump for any number of Beatles’ tunes, others for Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean or Prince’s 1999. I’ll plump for Blondie’s 1980 mega-hit Call Me. It’s an astonishingly simple ditty that sounds like it was thrown together on a whim, and yet it defies emulation for instant appeal and catchiness, whilst possessing no lasting emotive substantiality whatsoever… i.e. the perfect pop song.

As the first track of the Deuce Bigalow soundtrack, it’s a cheerful opening but soon seems a little like a fish out of a fish tank, being followed by five soul/R&B/light funk classics of the 1970s. These are all terrific cuts including Marvin Gaye’s Lets Get it On and 10cc’s superlative I’m Not in Love. Of course, if you’re a fan of these genres, you can find better, more comprehensive compilations, but the demographic the movie is aimed most likely includes many whose musical appreciation does not stretch to this era, so they might find it ear opening.

Oddly, the last four tracks are each 1990 or later, with nothing either overly startling or lamentable to offer. Oh, and the last track is a revamp of Call Me, which despite some percussive-heavy programming is not a particularly original interpretation, but then some repetition is only to be expected on the soundtrack to a film boasting such an obviously tautological title."
Brad Green

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SOUNDTRACK: DEUCE BIGALOW

TITLE: Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo, Original Soundtrack

ID: HR-62252-2
Hollywood Records/Touchstone Pictures

PRODUCER: Michael Dilbeck

FEATURED ARTISTS: Blondie, War, Hot Chocolate, KC & The Sunshine Band, Marvin Gaye, 10cc, Walter Egin, Hepcat, Sean Beal, Jeff Lynne, Emilia Maiello

TRACKS: 11







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