Soundtrack “Pineapple Express”

Album Reviews | Aug 14th, 2008

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Record Label: Lakeshore Records
Genre: Soundtrack
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The latest pot smoking comedy is from team Apatow. Pineapple Express stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as potheads who witness corrupt cops committing a murder. I didn’t see the movie yet but I’m sure it’s hilarious like most Judd Apatow movies are. I can’t stand pot smoking in real life but always found it funny in movies. I always liked Cheech & Chong comedies and later on, the Harold and Kumar movies. So I’m sure I’ll dig this movie. But let’s review this soundtrack shall we!

The opening track (or the end titles) is the title track by 80s god Huey Lewis (and the News). I love Huey Lewis and the News and think Sports is one of the best pop albums of the 80s. But for me, the song seems very redundant and not that complex. It’s just Huey singing Pineapple Expressover and over. I liked the song but could have been a lot better. The next song Electric Avenue is a classic 80s song from Eddy Grant. I used to love listening to this song when I was a kid back in the 80s. Obviously, you’re going to get a lot of pot themed songs, especially when you have bands like Cypress Hill and Peter Tosh on the soundtrack. I like the mix of 80s and 90s songs on this album, and I’m sure Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote this movie during that time period. I don’t remember the last time I heard Bel Biv Devoe’s Poison, but it was probably back when I wore overalls and was doing the running man at high school dances. Shut up, I’m sure you guys had a flattop and listened to Vanilla Ice too. Besides the music cues, there’s also 2 score tracks from composer Graeme Revell. The last song on the album is Woke Up Laughing from Robert Palmer. I never heard that song before but I liked that track a lot. Overall, this soundtrack has a weird bunch of songs but it’s a decent selection of songs. It sounds like a mix I’d make for someone, if that someone was a pothead.

Bottom Line: An interesting soundtrack that includes a new Huey Lewis song!
Notable Tracks: Pineapple Express Huey Lewis and the News, Electric Avenue Eddy Grant, Lost at Birth Public Enemy, Poison Bel Biv Devoe, Wanted Dread or Alive Peter Tosh
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