National Lampoon Presents:
Endless Bummer [Soundtrack]
Reviewed by Nick Manix

     Endless 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 top down.  

Nick Manix is a professional writer and journalist who splits his time between Central Texas and New Orleans.

(Album cover image courtesy Amazon.com)