Guilty Pleasure Isn’t Angus a Cow’s Name?
posted by June 20 at 12:00 PMon
After I posted my praise for Love Spit Love’s “Am I Wrong?” the other day, I mentioned the Angus soundtrack (which features said song). Someone left a comment saying, “The Angus soundtrack?” Well yes, the Angus soundtrack.
I’m not sure if the comment was questioning my liking the Angus soundtrack, or just wondering what the hell the Angus soundtrack was, but let’s assume it’s the latter.
Now, I’m 27. As a teenager, I went to a lot of shows at RKCNDY, I listened to a lot of Bay Area pop punk, and I have been recently described as an “alterna-teen” (I took no offense, should I’ve?). When the movie Angus came out, I was 14 or 15; it was made for kids like me. If you can’t relate you probably a) have never even heard of the movie Angus (it was a flop, I think), or b) thought it was for all the retarded “alterna-teens” who’d line up outside of RKCNDY hours before the Mr. T Experience show (which it was and which I was).
It’s a story about a super smart fat kid and his scrawny, nerdy friend trying to survive the awfulness that is high school. They get bullied, beat up, laughed at, and shunned by the jocks and cheerleaders. There are tons of cliches, there’s a very predictable storyline, but I loved it. And why I loved it was mostly because of its soundtrack.
1. J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva) - Green Day
2. Jack Names The Planets - Ash
3. Enough - Dance Hall Crashers
4. Kung Fu - Ash
5. Back To You - The Riverdales (Listen via screechingweasel.com)
6. Mrs. You And Me - Smoking Popes
7. You Gave Your Love To Me Softly - Weezer (Watch via youtube.com)
8. Ain’t That Unusual - Goo Goo Dolls
9. Funny Face - The Muffs
10. White Homes - Tilt
11. Deep Water - Pansy Division
12. Am I Wrong - Love Spit Love
Yeah, there are a few bummer tracks (not the best Smoking Popes tune, for example), but man… Ash? Pansy Division? One of my favorite Green Day songs that wasn’t on any other record at the time? One of the best Weezer B-sides? And, of course, that great Love Spit Love song that doesn’t make sense? Yes, please! Even to this day, I still get happy when I listen to it (haven’t seen the movie for years, however, so I can’t say it’s held up as well). The soundtrack is available used and new at amazon.com starting at $0.32. Buy it, get nostolgic. It’ll be the best quarter, nickel, and two pennies you’ll spend all year.
(Speaking of good soundtracks from 1995, see also: Mallrats.)