I did not plan to listen to this CD; I did not plan to review this CD. It was an accident. I was working on an article about a band that was influenced by the Ramones and I followed a link for “Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?” that led me to the track list for Shrek the Third. It went a little something like this:
1. Royal Pain - Eels
2. Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? - The Ramones
3. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
4. Barracuda - Fergie
5. Live and Let Die - Wings
6. Best Days - Matt White
7. Joker and the Thief - Wolfmother
8. Other Ways - Trevor Hall
9. Cat's in the Cradle - Harry Chapin
10. Losing Streak - Eels
11. What I Gotta Do - Macy Gray
12. Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again) - Antonio Banderas, Eddie Murphy
13. Final Showdown - Rupert Everett, Maya Rudolph
14. Charming's Plan - Harry Gregson-Williams
It looked like such a unique collection of titles that I downloaded the CD (legally from Napster) and went on a tune walk of old and new songs.
I found that I could easily become an Eels fan, Fergie does a wonderful rendition of “Barracuda”, Wolfmother rocks and “Cat’s in the Cradle” bumped me back to my middle school years. I wanted to hold a purple BIC® lighter in the air during “Live and Let Die” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” brought my husband, Jeff, out of his art studio. Trust me, that’s a feat. I loved the variety of artists and my only disappointment was Macy Gray – maybe I need to see the movie in order to appreciate this song and its place on the soundtrack. It was good to hear Eddie Murphy and who knew that Maya Rudolph of SNL could sing. The ending song was your typical “sound track” instrumental, yet I liked the soft melody – it was a good ending to my walk.
Now on the downside – slap me with an ogre green Post-it Note® that says – “Chel Lives Under A Rock Because She Has Not Seen One Shrek Movie” – nope, not one.
I don’t even have a good excuse. I could lamely recite reasons such as I don’t have children, I have no nieces or nephews and that most of the neighbor kids flee from me in fear when I yell at them for playing ball in my yard because they step on my flowers. However, I’m really not an ogre. I love fun things, why just last weekend I bought a Lamp Chop puppet at the thrift store and a few summers ago, I made a stuffed bear to resemble Clay Aiken. I just don’t see too many kid type movies.
After listening to this sound track, I went on a neighborhood hunt to see if I could borrow a DVD. Stephanie, the mother of Phillip, Matthew, Justin and Nicole, came to the rescue. I even got a one word review of the newest Shrek the Third movie from Nicole – “awesome”. I now have the first two movies to watch and a new bag of red licorice. Hey, at least it’s fat free.
Have a great week!