PARTY MONSTER SOUNDTRACK
COMPILATION ALBUM TVT RELEASE:
SEPTEMBER 2, 2003 REVIEW: OCTOBER 20, 2003
I were to make a movie about the 80’s dance scene in New York, I
sure as hell wouldn’t include a lot of contemporary music. Even
though there are clear connections between the scene and the current fad
for electroclash, I just don’t think it’s such a bright idea.
makers of "Party Monster" thought it was a brilliant concept
to happily mix Nina Hagen and Stacey Q with Miss Kitten and Ladytron.
Maybe they thought they could unite the best of two worlds (which, in
all fairness, share the same borders to start with), but they only succeed
in making the record (I haven’t seen the film) half-baked. "Party
Monster" doesn’t function as an introduction to the glamorous
and decadent old NY more than it does to the electro movement of today.
Instead we get some good songs - first and foremost "Seventeen"
and "Take Me to the Club" - together with a few tunes we wish
could have been forgotten forever.
this is a good record to put on if you have a party of your own. But not
if it’s an 80’s theme party, if you know what I mean. Almost
all tracks are danceable and, if not scrutinised too closely, somewhat
on the side A: It’s funny that Marilyn Manson (who has a role in
the movie) also is featured on the soundtrack. But if you are a fan you
needn’t buy the record just because of him. "The La La Song"
isn’t… hmm, his best work, to say the least.
on the side B: A girl eating the brain from a dead guy is never a good
idea for a cover of a record. Another creative concept where I and the
makers of "Party Monster" clearly don’t agree.