The soundtrack to Todd Phillips's STARSKY & HUTCH reflects the film's total immersion in the world of 1970s popular culture. Based on the television police drama from that era, which played off of fast-paced exaggeration, the movie version is a slapstick comedy featuring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.
STARSKY & HUTCH runs the gamut from unimpeachable classics like Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" and Bill Withers' "Use Me" to fun fluff like KC & the Sunshine Band's "That's the Way I Like It." However, it's the new recordings that make this soundtrack special. Fans of Phillips's earlier film OLD SCHOOL will surely remember Dan Finnerty as the goofy wedding singer who made "Total Eclipse of the Heart" profanely his own; this time, Finnerty makes a scene at a bat mitzvah where he turns "Feel Like Makin' Love" (by Roberta Flack, not Bad Company) infinitely silly and delightfully perverse.
What the critics say...
Rolling Stone (4/15/04, p.151) - 3 stars out of 5 - "This Seventies-worshiping soundtrack lays on the period camp without reservation or mercy...""
Entertainment Weekly (3/19/04, p.67) - "The standout is Dazz's funky eminently uplifting 'Brick'..." - Grade: B
- Old Days - Chicago
- Brick - Dazz
- Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
- Right Back Where We Started From - Maxine Nightengale
- Use Me - Bill Withers
- Feel Like Makin' Love - The Dan Band
- Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5
- Weight, The - The Band
- That's The Way I Like It - KC & The Sunshine Band
- Don't Give Up On Us - Owen Wilson
- I Want'A Do Something Freaky To You - Leon Haywood
- Love Will Keep Us Together - Brigette Romanek
- I'm A Ramblin' Man - Waylon Jennings
- Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
- Two Dragons - Theodore Shapiro