National Lampoon Presents:
Endless Bummer [Soundtrack]
Reviewed by Nick Manix
Bummer has provided me with one of
the best movie soundtracks I've heard in years. It's fun and
reminiscent for some of us, fresh and new for others.
Released by Blackheart
Records in June and part of the Vans Warped Tour, Endless Bummer brings together
some of the coolest songs from the 1980's and gives them a new twist.
Much like the Clueless soundtrack from 1995, the album features artists
from different genres, brought together to create a strong set list.
Highlights include Katy
Perry's version of "(Use) Your Love" by The Outfield;
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' "Destination Unknown,"
originally sung by Missing Persons; and The Aggrolites featuring
General Smiley recording of "Pass the Dutchie," which has
been recorded numerous times by different artists. Other
contributors include Circle Jerks, Branden Steineckert, The Briggs, and
Blink 182's Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker.
The Dollyrots - who made a
splash in Austin at Emo's in 2007, came back in 2008 for SXSW, and
returned to Emo's this past July - have also added their talent to the
roster. They open the album with a rocking cover of Joan Jett and
the Blackhearts' classic hit, "Bad Reputation."
While possessing some weak
moments - such as Fear's "Let's Have A War - 2009" and
Pennywise taking on a lackluster rendition of Iggy Pop's "Bang
Bang" - the album is still a feel-good time that makes you want to
ride around town in a convertible - with the sound cranked up and the
Nick Manix is a professional writer and journalist
who splits his time between Central Texas and New Orleans.
(Album cover image courtesy Amazon.com)