Starsky & Hutch
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
First Appeared at The Music Box, May 2004, Volume 11, #5
Written by T.J. Simon
The running joke in the Starsky & Hutch movie is that the partnership shared by the title characters is much, ah, closer than a typical police partnership. When put into that context, many of the cheesy love songs of the í70s that appear on the filmís soundtrack make sense. What else could possess a person to play Starland Vocal Bandís Afternoon Delight or a tepid cover of Love Will Keep Us Together? Even, KC & The Sunshine Bandís Thatís the Way I Like It takes on a whole new edge.
Of course, the entire soundtrack isnít simply an inside joke for those who saw and enjoyed the film. A handful of the tracks on the compilation may have been jettisoned from oneís collection after a conversion from vinyl records and 8-track or cassette tapes, and this collection offers a few nuggets that help to fill in those gaps. Chicagoís Old Days is a terrific song that doesnít get enough airplay, and the funky bassline of Bill Withersí Use Me is a welcome addition to any mix CD. Country enthusiasts will be pleased to hear Johnny Cashís Folsom Prison Blues (the studio version) and Waylon Jenningsí Iím a Rambling Man. Likewise, one just canít hear enough of The Weight by The Band.
Yet, the Starsky & Hutch soundtrack also has its share of filler. Dancing Machine by The Jackson 5 doesnít come close to being the brothersí best work, and silly numbers recorded by actors Owen Wilson and Dan Finnerty donít make much sense when divorced from the big screen. In the end, none of the original material on the set warrants a purchase, and overall, the disc is only as good as the holes in oneís existing music collection.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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