The film adaptation of Nick Hornby's cult novel relocates its independent record store setting from London to Chicago, but the HIGH FIDELITY soundtrack thankfully retains the book's eclectic spirit. Though many of the featured artists tend to get caught up in the classic-rock meat grinder, the compilers at least demonstrate great sense by bypassing obvious choices. So, instead of "Like a Rolling Stone," we find OH MERCY's terrific "Most of the Time" filling the obligatory Dylan spot. And, for once, the jittery British Invasion nugget "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy" represents the Kinks-not "You Really Got Me."
The soundtrack's lineup also includes a pair from the Velvets ("Oh Sweet Nuthin" and "Who Loves the Sun"), garage-rock icons Thirteenth Floor Elevators ("You're Gonna Miss Me"), and cutting-edge newcomers such as The Beta Band ("Dry the Rain"). There's even a surprisingly soulful cover of "Let's Get it on," done by Jack Black-half of HBO's Spinal Tap-like Tenacious D duo. HIGH FIDELITY is an unusual soundtrack, closer in spirit to a clever mix tape made by that old college roommate whose two lovers were his hi-fi and his bong.
What the critics say...
Q (10/00, p.132) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Provides solace for the quiet moments: there's spunky rebellion from the Thirteenth Floor Elevators and the whole thing is completed by Stevie Wonder's 'I Believe'..."
Melody Maker (7/18/00, p.56) - 4.5 stars out of 5 - "...This rather wonderful soundtrack album has got all the bases covered..."
- You're Gonna Miss Me - 13th Floor Elevators
- Everybody's Gonna Be Happy - The Kinks
- I'm Wrong About Everything - John Wesley Harding
- Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - The Velvet Underground
- Always See Your Face - Love
- Most Of The Time - Bob Dylan
- Fallen For You - Sheila Nichols
- Dry The Rain - The Beta Band
- Shipbuilding - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
- Cold Blooded Old Times - Smog
- Let's Get It On - Jack Black
- Lo Boob Oscillator - Stereolab
- Inside Game - Royal Trux
- Who Loves The Sun - The Velvet Underground
- I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever) - Stevie Wonder
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