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Music Review: The Lost Boys: The Tribe Soundtrack
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The Lost Boys: The Tribe Soundtrack
Various Artists
Adrenaline Records
Release date: July 22, 2008

In my job, I’m frequently in rental cars, hotels, and airplanes, which gives me some down time to listen to tunes (though because I usually have a metric ton of work to do, I can’t contribute to GoD like I used to). So, when I received the CD of the soundtrack to Lost Boys: The Tribe, I felt I could get a few listens as I drove hither, thither, and through yon cornfields.

So on my way to a small Midwestern college through the Illinois farmland, I switched off of Fred 44 on XM and popped in the CD. Frankly, I wasn’t expecting much, since the movie was a rather unauthorized sequel of a movie that I always felt was OK, but not all that and a silver crucifix. Plus, it starred one of the Coreys, a dude that looked like a younger Corey, a generic hot chick, and the half-brother of Kiefer Sutherland. (What? Were Joe Estevez and Robert Z’Dar not available?)

And the first track, a remade of the theme song from the original movie (“Cry Little Sister” by Aiden), solidified my predisposition that this was not going to be a very exciting CD. That song signifies the worst qualities of the current emo/goth/hard rock/whatchamacallit scene that’s been popular since the ’90s, with bombastic choruses that offset “˜gentler’ moments that show they have “˜emotion’ but are too calculating and generic to be sincere. Yick.

However, starting with track two, a classic hard rocker called “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast” by Airborne, things picked up a bit. And as the songs rolled by, there were many more hits than misses, and many songs that will find a place on my iPod (when I have a chance to clear out some space from the 20,846 songs I have in there now).

This soundtrack is equivalent of a well thought out mixed CD made by friends. Some semi-famous bands, like Seether, G. Love & Special Sauce, Starsailor, the Von Bondies, the Eagles of Death Metal, and the Hold Steady make appearances. David Gahan, the voice of Depeche Mode, contributes a song that is not gloom and doom at all, but rather uplifting.

Of the 16 tracks, the only real misses are the opener by Aiden, a song by the reconstituted Blind Melon (without Mr. Hoon, it’s not the real deal, I’m afraid), and Jackpot. Oh, and the last track is movie music by Nathan Barr. He’s no Enrico Morricone, but it’s not that bad, really.

The rest of the tracks are pretty steady, even melding some hip-hop with the mostly indie and hard rock with the Styles of Beyond.

Overall, it’s a solid effort. Many of the songs have been released in previous CDs so you may be familiar with them (I already had “Knuckles,” the Hold Steady track, in my collection), but as I said, this is a pretty good mix tape. It’s certainly better than a marathon of The Two Coreys or a Joe Estevez film festival.

So never mind the movie. Listen to the music!

SOUNDTRACK

Lost Boys: The Tribe Original Soundtrack

01) AIDEN – CRY LITTLE SISTER (THEME FROM THE LOST BOYS)
02) AIRBOURNE – TOO MUCH, TO YOUNG, TOO FAST
03) EAGLES OF DEATH METAL – DON’T SPEAK (I CAME TO MAKE A BANG)
04) YEAH WHATEVER – SUMMERTIME
05) SEETHER – BURRITO (LIVE ACOUSTIC)
06) DAVE GAHAN – KINGDOM
07) G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE – LONG WAY DOWN
08) PJ & THE CHILE RELLENOS – WISH YOU WERE HERE
09) STARSAILOR – IN MY BLOOD
10) THE VON BONDIES – ONLY TO HAUNT YOU
11) BLIND MELON – FOR MY FRIENDS
12) THE HOLD STEADY – KNUCKLES
13) STYLES OF BEYOND – NINE THOU (GRANT MOHRMAN SUPERSTARS REMIX)
14) HINDU KUCH – DAY FIRE
15) JACKPOT – DIZZY
16) NATHAN BARR – SUITE

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