Drop Dead Gorgeous
Music From the Motion Picture
Yet another film whose producers came together and figured out that the biggest laughs would come from poking fun of a midwestern town’s accent. The soundtrack, as one would expect, has a collection of trailer park villagers’ sing-a-longs. Although it is not so much a concoction of backwoods billowing, the songs are about as cheap and contrived as the of the themes of the movie: meddling stage mothers and organized prostitution — aka beauty pageants.
I did enjoy the remakes on the CD, including a kick-ass version of the Mary Tyler Moore theme, “Love is All Around,” a television theme song that only Joan Jett could manpower and do justice to. Everything, a band known for their hit, “Hooch,” did an idyllic version of David Bowie’s “Young Americans” — giving it a little less punk, a little more funk, but still rekindling Bowie’s original songwriting mastery. The problem with most of the songs was that each one was so blatantly tailored to the theme of the movie – songs about fighting or things beautiful or about winning some contest. On a soundtrack for listening pleasure, however, Prozac would be a welcomed remedy to ease those mood swings. Imagine yourself listening to Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” and Hot Sauce Johnson’s “Lost Picasso” in the same 10 minutes… not to mention a stomach-churning remake of “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You” (sung by Oxy-queen turned Bond girl Denise Richards) that would make all believers swear there was no God.
And then as a reprieve, we get to listen to bombastic clips of over-done Minnesotian accented dribble about late periods and fashionable anorexia. Drop Dead Gorgeous ? Just Drop dead…