Juno

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I remember liking this movie for its sweetness, but not on the level most people seemed to adore it. It was good, not great.

Anyway, this soundtrack is pitch perfect to go with the film. It’s precious, and twee, and (probably calculatedly) quirky.

Barry Louis Polisar’s All I Want Is You is country weirdness, with high school love petry lyrics (for example: “If you were a wink, I’d be a nod / If you were a seed, well I’d be a pod. / If you were the floor, I’d wanna be the rug / And if you were a kiss, I know I’d be a hug” etc. Yeesh.). Kimya Dawson’s My Rollercoaster (Juno Film Version) is less than a minute of her going “doo doo doo” over acoustic guitar strumming, um, cool. The Kinks’ A Well Respected Man is definitely a classic.

Buddy Holly’s Dearest is next and it pleased me greatly because Buddy Holly. Great tune. Mateo Messina is next, with Up The Spout. It’s less than a minute of guitar strumming. OK. Kimya Dawson is back, with another one of those trying to be quirky strummy silly lyrics and whistling tunes. Aren’t we clever! Belle & Sebastian are here, of course (this soundtrack was built for them), with Piazza, New York Catcher. You know it well.

Kimya Dawson is here again, this time with Loose Lips. Quick strumming and rapid-fire lyrics. Sigh. I don’t really like her art school ’thing.’ But then we move on to Sonic Youth’s Superstar. It’s a refreshing breath of SY-ness to cleanse my palette. Kimya Dawson returns again (is this her disc, or something?) on the (mercifully) short Sleep (Instrumental). She strums and hums yawn. Belle & Sebastian again, this time it’s Expectations, a peppy B&S tune.

In a stroke of genius, the makers of this soundtrack throw in Mott The Hoople’s All The Young Dudes. It fits perfectly. Frickin’ Kimya Dawson follows again, with So Nice So Smart, more acoustic strummy preciousness yawn. But then it’s one of my favourite Cat Power covers, with her doing Sea Of Love. Perfection. Why do I like this strummy preciousness better than Kimya Dawson’s strummy preciousness? Cat Power has an edge, like she might go off the rails at any moment. Kimya Dawson does not.

So why not give us another Kimya Dawson (this time with Antsy Pants) track, called (of course) Tree Hugger. It’s a bit clunky and atonal. But it fits her modus operandi on the rest of this disc. Then we move into Velvet Underground’s I’m Sticking With You. It’s not their greatest tune, though it does get better as it gets past its horrible intro part, but it was built for this soundtrack, hence its inclusion.

The Moldy Peaches’ Anybody Else But You was also built for this mix, I assume you already know it, and can agree its sound just has to be here. Antsy Pants comes back, with Vampire. It’s a ukulele and shaker weirdo track that wasn’t all that pleasing for me. And finally, the lead actor from the film, Michael Cera and Ellen Page cover the Moldy Peaches track, Anbody Else But You. It’s a rough recording, and doesn’t really go anywhere, but good on them for trying. I do like Ellen Page’s work, so this is cool to have as a curio.

Also (from Wiki):

The following songs appear in the film, but are not present on the soundtrack album:

Kimya Dawson – “I Like Giants”, Kimya Dawson – “Reminders of Then”, Kimya Dawson – “12/26”, The Drop. – “Why Bother”, Astrud Gilberto – “Once I Loved”, Heart – “Crazy on You”, Hole – “Doll Parts”, Trio Los Panchos – “Bésame Mucho.”

In addition to some incidental score, the following were used in the trailers for the film, but do not appear on the soundtrack or in the movie itself:

The Boy Least Likely To – “Be Gentle with Me”, The Hoosiers – “Goodbye Mr A”, Boy Kill Boy – “Suzie”, Belle & Sebastian – “She’s Losing It”, Oh No! Oh My! – “The Party Punch” (used in marketing for the DVD release), The White Stripes – “We’re Going to Be Friends”

The Astrud Gilberto and Trio Los Panchos recordings would later appear on Juno B-Sides: Almost Adopted Songs.

In Sum:

It’s awfully precious, though there are several decent tracks here. Skip all the Kimya Dawson and the Ansty Pants songs, and a couple of other tracks I skip anyway, and this might not make a bad mix.

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What the hell. Let’s try it:

Original Track Listing:

Barry Louis Polisar – All I Want Is You
Kimya Dawson – My Rollercoaster
The Kinks – A Well Respected Man
Buddy Holly – (Ummm, Oh Yeah) Dearest
Mateo Messina – Up the Spout
Kimya Dawson – Tire Swing
Belle & Sebastian – Piazza, New York Catcher
Kimya Dawson – Loose Lips
Sonic Youth – Superstar
Kimya Dawson – Sleep
Belle & Sebastian – Expectations
Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes
Kimya Dawson – So Nice So Smart
Cat Power – Sea of Love
Kimya Dawson and Antsy Pants – Tree Hugger
The Velvet Underground – I’m Sticking with You
The Moldy Peaches – Anyone Else but You
Antsy Pants – Vampire
Michael Cera and Ellen Page – Anyone Else but You

Remove the stuff I said and we’re left with:

The Kinks – A Well Respected Man
Buddy Holly – (Ummm, Oh Yeah) Dearest
Belle & Sebastian – Piazza, New York Catcher
Sonic Youth – Superstar
Belle & Sebastian – Expectations
Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes
Cat Power – Sea of Love
The Velvet Underground – I’m Sticking with You
The Moldy Peaches – Anyone Else but You

Oof. I kept 9 tracks of the original 19!

Posted on 2016-11-13, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Nice one – I love this film and the ST, but I get your point about Kimya Dawson but I’ll give her a pass for being half of Moldy Peaches.

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  2. Most of the great 70s albums had 9 tracks or less!

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  3. Envelope please(not sure if they do that anymore since no one uses snail mail).
    And the Juno award for improving on an original soundtrack goes to…..

    Aaron from Keepsmealive on WordPress. (The screaming girl sound may be even louder than it was for The Beatles)

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  4. Yeah, I can’t be bothered with this one. I did enjoy the movie, but the soundtrack was just a bit too mnah.

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