After 2 years on my Amazon wish list I caved and bought the Cable Guy soundtrack. I have to say I’m blown away. Not by how great it is but by how… mediocre it is. It’s like they found all the bands that weren’t good enough to be featured on the soundtracks to Singles, Reality Bites, Trainspotting or Empire Records and then even weeded out the bands that were good enough to appear on Dumb and Dumber, Batman Forever, Clueless and Party of Five to find the blandest bands of the moment.
I wanted to listen to the album again before I did this review… but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
The best thing is that is only cost me a penny. Sure, I had to pay $3.99 for the shipping and handling, but 4 bucks is a good deal on getting the first Jerry Cantrell solo song.
I’m surprised I don’t remember hearing “Leave Me Alone” when it came out. I suppose that was a few years before I really got into Alice in Chains and two years before Cantrell’s first solo album. I love hearing it in hindsight. It’s a nice bridge between Alice in Chains and Boggy Depot. The main guitar riff is a simple chugger that reminds me of “Check My Brain” and Cantrell tries singing harmonies with himself, but it just doesn’t work well without Layne Staley. It’s not a bad song, but I don’t think it’s a highlight of Cantrell’s career. It doesn’t really fit with the Alice stuff and it wasn’t until ’98 that he was really sounding confident as a solo artist.
Aside from “Leave Me Alone” there are very few highlights. Filter is here with “Hey Man, Nice Shot,” but I already have that song on the Demon Knight soundtrack and Short Bus. It doesn’t really fit on this album as it’s the far and away the heaviest tune.
Jim Carrey’s karaoke jam version of “Somebody to Love” is included. It’s a nice, funny track – but only for about 90 seconds. After that it’s somewhat annoying.
I remember Primitive Radio Gods’ “Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” because it was a pretty big hit. And I think I like it more when I don’t have to watch the video with the guy standing outside a broken phone booth with money in his hand. It was an awful video. Watching that video was even worse than reading this paragraph.
Both Toadies and Cracker are present, but neither of them play “Possum Kingdom” or “Low.” And even though I’ve heard more songs from both bands, those are the only ones know by them. Porno For Pyro’s (Jane’s Addiction Lite) do a cover of Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love” and somehow manage to be more boring than Lou Reed.
There’s a song by a band called $10,000 Gold Chain, which is apparently a Mike McCready side project, but it’s a Velvet Underground cover song. This was a wise choice as Mike McCready’s name appears nowhere on the packaging.
Silverchair, Cypress Hill and a few other bands that I’ve never heard of round out the hour. I think I like John Ottman’s score “This Concludes Our Broadcast Day” better than most of the rock on here.
I’ll listen to this album again someday… just not today.