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Hot Tub Time Machine - OST

2010-07-05 17:08
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So how true is HTTM's grasp of the 80s pop landscape? For a throwaway sex comedy, the movie was, thankfully, much more considerate about its soundtrack. I can't listen to "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats without instinctively shuffling along in some kind of robotic dance movie. It's just the natural, totally normal way to dance to most of the music from the era. It has the power to unleash the robot in just about anyone over the age of 26.

As a trip down memory lane, HTTM works really well, perhaps because it focuses rather strongly on British bands like Echo and the Bunnymen, New Order and Spandau Ballet (what self-respecting 80s compliation is complete without some Spandau Ballet, eh?). I can't help but assume that this is due to the involvement of avowed Anglophile John Cusack, who also stars in the movie. Listening to David Bowie's "Modern Love" now it struck me how much resembles to Danish pop hopefuls Alphabeat's "Fascination" - a song that hit the charts just last year.

Craig Robinson, another star of the movie, adds his voice in a rather servicable cover of Rick Springfield's inescapable "Jessie's Girl". And prepare to feel really old once Salt 'N Pepa's "Push It" comes on. Incredibly, the song will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year - and it still sounds so damn alive. As does "Once in a Lifetime", the freakishly prophetic Talking Heads anthem that reduced the era's materialistic ideals to liquid. That David Byrne - he had it all figured out.

As a comedy Hot Tub Time Machine went out on a limb to prove that the 80s, in hindsight, were funny. The dayglo colours, the skycraper, overly teased hair, even the politics were a joke. But somehow it was the music that survived with its dignity intact. Or it could be that its kitchness is what's also given it a whole new lease on life in the 21st century. Hindsight - it's a bitch.

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