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Episode 62: Grosse Pointe Blank

Episode 62: Grosse Pointe Blank

October 18, 2021

This week's podcast is all about the soundtrack to Grosse Pointe Blank! John Cusack plays contract killer Martin Blank, whose next job just happens to take place in his hometown on the weekend of his 10-year high school reunion.

And to help us break down this album, we've arranged a high school reunion of our own! Joining us this week is one of Libby's actual high school classmates, McKenzie Cassidy, author of the book Here Lies a Father!

As for the soundtrack? It was personally curated by John Cusack and The Clash's Joe Strummer, and it's almost entirely 80s new wave and two-tone ska. We got The Clash, The Specials, The English Beat, Violent Femmes, and Guns N Roses for some reason. So get out your yearbooks and put on your nametags, because the reunion's about to start!  

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Episode 61: Dirty Work

Episode 61: Dirty Work

September 24, 2021

We pay tribute this week to the late, great Norm Macdonald with a look at his 1998 cult classic (and OST Party favorite) Dirty Work! And to help us do our own dirty work, we've enlisted the help of Johnny-5 from the Christmas Creeps podcast. Three Norm fans in one show. What could possibly go wrong?!

Now, this film doesn't have an official soundtrack album, but you best believe there are plenty of songs for us to discuss. Dirty Work is basically 1998 in movie form, so we get hit singles from Third Eye Blind, Chumbawamba, and Better Than Ezra, as well as appearances from AC/DC, The Reverend Horton Heat, and some weird song about pina coladas...

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Episode 60: The Great Muppet Songbook

Episode 60: The Great Muppet Songbook

September 9, 2021

It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights! For nearly fifty years, Jim Henson's Muppets have raised entire generations on classic tunes that have taught us how to laugh, cry, and experience the whole range of emotions in between. So this week, we're taking a look at ten of our favorite Muppet songs! 

Our selection ranges from the original Muppet Show all the way up to the latest feature film, Muppets Most Wanted. Join us as we cry our eyes out over "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday", dig into the emotional core of The Muppet Christmas Carol, delight in the go-for-broke showmanship of "Hey A Movie!" and "We're Doing a Sequel", and more!

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Episode 59: The Flintstones

Episode 59: The Flintstones

August 19, 2021

Yabba Dabba Doo! We couldn't let the summer end without covering a ridiculous summer blockbuster, and The Flintstones is most certainly that. The Steven Spielberg-produced, live-action adaptation of the 60s cartoon has to be seen to be believed. It's got gaudy caveman sets and costumes, John Goodman hamming it up as Fred Flintstone, and a wild soundtrack...

Good lord, the soundtrack. One half of this album features awkward attempts at caveman humor by the likes of The B(C)-52s, Big Audio Dynamite, and Us3. The other half is a bizarre collection of Flintstones novelty songs that predate the movie. And most of the tracks on this album feature artists or songs we've covered on this show already, including return appearances from Weird Al Yankovic and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. But there are definitely a few gems in here, so join us as we rock out to The Flintstones!

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Episode 58: Married To The Mob

Episode 58: Married To The Mob

August 5, 2021

When was the last time you thought about Married To The Mob? We're willing to bet it's been a minute! Married To The Mob follows Michelle Pfeiffer as widowed mob wife Angela, who moves to Manhattan to escape Tony, the mob boss who killed her husband. And she soon learns the hard way that once you're in, you're in for life...

The soundtrack is an expertly curated grab bag of 80s new wave artists. We've got singles from Debbie Harry, Chris Isaak, Ziggy Marley and Sinead O'Connor, all specifically recorded for this album! There's also tracks from New Order, The Tom Tom Club, and The Feelies. And yes, this film features the first (but certainly not the last) cinematic use of Q. Lazzarus' "Goodbye Horses"...

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Episode 57: Clueless

Episode 57: Clueless

July 15, 2021

No movie put a stamp on the mid-90s quite like Amy Heckerling's Clueless. Loosely adapted from Jane Austen's "Emma", Clueless follows a year in the life of Beverly Hills teen Cher as she plays matchmaker to teacher and student alike (but not, like, at the same time).

And the soundtrack is the rare album that actually helps tell the story. With tracks from 90s mainstays Luscious Jackson, Coolio, Cracker, Smoking Popes and more, the Clueless soundtrack is full of angst, social satire, and just some really solid tunes. Also in this episode, we encounter more 90s glam rock covers, Libby reminisces about the clothes that got away, and we fall backwards into a new name for ska!

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Episode 56: School of Rock

Episode 56: School of Rock

June 24, 2021

School may be out for summer, but the School of Rock is now in session! Aspiring rocker Jack Black cons his way into a teaching job and shows a bunch of 5th graders how to rock. Along the way, he teaches them the finer points of classic rock history, gives them some lessons about self respect, and winds up learning to be a responsible adult. It's all very sweet.

And the soundtrack is loaded with choice classic rock cuts! We've got The Doors! We've got Led Zeppelin! AC/DC, Cream, The Who, The Stooges! And we even get a couple of more modern cuts from The Darkness and The Black Keys. Get ready to take notes, because this will all be on the test!

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Episode 55: Dispatches from the Magic Kingdom

Episode 55: Dispatches from the Magic Kingdom

May 27, 2021

This week's OST Party is dedicated to the long and storied tradition of Disney soundtrack songs! We've cherrypicked a few of our favorites from the Disney Vault worth discussing, as well as a couple of stinkers that should never see the light of day again.

One of the great things about Disney is that there really is something for everybody, and our selections range from Walt's era in the 40s and 50s, to modern classics from the 90s renaissance, and just about everything in between! So pop on those mouse ears and join us as we let our inner children run wild!

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Episode 54: Me, Myself & Irene

Episode 54: Me, Myself & Irene

May 13, 2021

We've been threatening to do this for a while, and now it's finally here. This week we're discussing the soundtrack to 2000's Me, Myself & Irene. If you're not familiar, it's the film that closed out Jim Carrey's run of blockbuster 90s comedies with a resounding thud. Carrey plays Charlie, a mild-mannered cop with a split personality. He also plays Hank, Charlie's deranged alter ego. Renee Zellweger is here as well. The rest really isn't important.

And the soundtrack is equally split down the middle. Half the album's songs are your usual suspects of late-90s radio rock staples. The other half is a bizarre collection of Steely Dan songs covered by modern artists such as Wilco, Ivy, Ben Folds Five, and Smash Mouth. Yes, Smash Mouth is back and they're doing Steely Dan.

What did we ever do to deserve this?

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Episode 53: True Stories

Episode 53: True Stories

April 29, 2021

This week we dive into David Byrne's 1986 slice-of-life film True Stories! While on tour with Talking Heads and Stop Making Sense, Byrne concocted a feature film about a town where all sorts of tabloid headlines came true. It's silly, it's strange, and it's beautiful in its own way. There's truly nothing like it. 

As for the album itself, Talking Heads deliver a handful of classic tunes, but we also get some wonderful instrumental pieces, as well as performances from John Goodman, Annie McEnroe, Tito Larriva, and more! And along the way, we find ourselves discussing the Church of the SubGenius, hijacking TouchTunes jukeboxes, and the never-ending march of progress.

So hop in your privately owned red convertible and join us on this wild, wild ride through the mind of David Byrne!

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