Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, February 18, 2011

50 First Dates Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2004)

I gave up on Adam Sandler movies after The Waterboy, so I haven't seen this movie, but since the soundtrack was filled with reggae/ska covers of '80s music, you know I was all over it. Jamaican-influenced music is an interesting choice for a movie set in Hawaii, but that's Sandler for ya.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #30 (March 6, 2004)

  • Hold Me Now - Wayne Wonder, originally by Thompson Twins: a great way to start off the CD. Wonder turns this pop song into some sort of reggae/hip-hop fusion.
  • Love Song - 311, originally by The Cure: Since 311 isn't a reggae group, they don't bring much to this song. It's pretty much straight ahead (even note-for-note guitar solos) with a few upbeats on the keyboards.
  • Lips Like Sugar - Seal (featuring Mikey Dread), originally by Echo & the Bunnymen: my favorite cut on the CD. While Seal handles the vocals, it's Dread at the controls. It's a great song to begin with, but these two take it to the next level.
  • Your Love - Wyclef Jean (featuring Eve), originally by The Outfield: Not good. Someone should have told Eve that rapping isn't the same as toasting or chatting.
  • Drive - Ziggy Marley, originally by The Cars: While a lot of people love it, I've never cared much for this ballad and, while Ziggy has a great reggae voice, this isn't a good cover.
  • True - and Fergie, originally by Spandau Ballet: I like what brings to this, but Fergie is a no-talent hack. He should have left her at home and this cover would have been great. As it is, it is just breathy and out-of-tune.
  • Slave To Love - Elan Atias, originally by Brian Ferry: I had never heard of Atias, but wikipedia describes him as an American Jewish reggae singer who has sung with The Wailers. With backing vocals from Gwen Stefani, this cover makes the best of an average song.
  • Every Breath You Take - UB40, originally by The Police: UB40 has made a career of reggae covers, and you certainly know this song, so you can probably hear what this cover sounds like in your head. Can you hear it? Add a sax solo and that's exactly what it sounds like.
  • Ghost in You - Mark McGrath, originally by The Psychedelic Furs: This is one of those songs that is often covered, but shouldn't be. Maybe because that's of Richard Butler's voice. In any case, while McGrath, singer of the California group Sugar Ray, gives us his best effort, this falls short due to a bad arrangement (that doesn't resemble reggae in any way), and over-production.
  • Friday, I'm In Love - Dryden Mitchell, originally by The Cure: Strike 1: Mitchell is from Alien Ant Farm. Strike 2: This is not an '80s song. Strike 3... I can't give it three strikes; this is a great cover. It's as fun as the original.
  • Breakfast In Bed - Nicole Kea, originally by Dusty Springfield: Strike 1: Kea (a.k.a Nicole Scherzinger) is from the Pussycat Dolls. Strike 2: This is not an '80s song. Strike 3: No song from the album Dusty in Memphis should ever be covered. Ever.
  • I Melt With You - Jason Mraz, originally by Modern English: there's not much to this song (which might explain its lasting popularity as an '80s classic), but Mraz does a good job covering a song that's heard more often now on TV ads than on the radio.
  • Forgetful Lucy - Adam Sandler: I'm not Lucy, but I want to forget this.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I remember putting this disc into the car stereo and listening to Lips Like Sugar over and over and over again.

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