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Man on the Moon Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 23 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • ASIN: B00002Z883
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mighty Mouse Theme (Here I Come To Save The Day) - The Sandpipers
2. The Great Beyond
3. Kiss You All Over - Exile
4. Angela (Theme From Taxi) - Bob James
5. Tony Thrown Out
6. Man On The Moon
7. This Friendly World
8. Miracle
9. Lynne & Andy
10. Rose Marie - Andy Kaufman
11. Andy Gets Fired
12. I Will Survive - Tony Clifton
13. Milk & Cookies
14. Man On The Moon
15. One More Song For You - Andy Kaufman

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Man On The Moon ~ Man On The Moon: Music From Th

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Andy Kaufman, an American comedian who died in 1984, was the inspiration behind one of REM's best-known songs. The biopic, starring Jim Carrey as Kaufman, borrows its title from REM's song and also finds the band providing their first film soundtrack.

Besides the original "Man On The Moon", the soundtrack album features an orchestral version of the song and five instrumental backdrops specially composed by REM. Michael Stipe can also be heard duetting with Carrey (in character as Kaufman) on the charming "This Friendly World"; while the real Andy Kaufman gets to trounce Slim Whitman's "Rose Marie" and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive". Musical muscle comes from the otherwise unavailable REM song, "The Great Beyond", an enigmatic ballad in the style of "Electrolite". But with Kaufman best-known in Europe for his role in the TV series Taxi, and the dialogue snatches and incidental music having little real meaning outside the film, this is really only for REM completists. --Patrick Humphries

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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If you are a fan of R.E.M., a fan of Andy Kaufman, or enjoyed watching the movie MAN ON THE MOON, this is a great soundtrack to own. Two of the songs on the album: "The Great Beyond" and "Man on the Moon"; are songs performed by R.E.M. Not only that, but the film's score-much of which is included here-was written by the band as well. For Andy Kaufman fans, the album has a few songs performed by Andy and his alter-ego, Tony Clifton. Well, actually they were performed by Jim Carrey, but Jim Carrey said he actually became Andy while performing the movie, so even though it's him, he (and many others) swear it's Andy (Andy would have loved playing with people like that). Finally, this album has several dialogue clips from the movie. Some suggest that this takes away from the album, but I find it does the exact opposite: the clips enhance the music. And for those of you who aren't R.E.M., Andy Kaufman, or MAN ON THE MOON fans; this is still an enjoyable album to listen to: "The Great Beyond" and "Man on the Moon" are great songs as is the theme from Taxi and the "Mighty Mouse Theme". A real treat.
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The weakness of this Cd mimics what was missing in the movie as well;cohesiveness & substance.Unlike most Cds that are made today, this one runs under 40 minutes as opposed to the 50-60 minute average, indicating that there wasn't much there from which to work to begin with. And what it does contain is exactly what you would expect to find.The title song by REM & Great Beyond are wonderful, but already done to death. There's also the obligatory Angela (the Taxi theme), and ditties by Kaufman's alter ego-Tony Clifton. Chestnuts like Exile's Kiss You All Over are attempted to be updated by using sound bites from the movie as a precursor to the song.It doesn't work. Ironically, what I found to be the best part of this Cd is usually what I find unappealing in other soundtracks; that is the instrumentals. However, in this case, they evoke the movie's only dramatic moments, like Andy dealing with his failing health & finally coming to grips with his illness. Like the movie, that's where this Cd shines.
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By Sebastian Katz on Nov. 23 1999
Format: Audio CD
You know, I don't think there will ever be another performer like Mr. Andy Kaufman. Everything I've ever seen him do has been incredibly original. When I heard there ws going to be a biopic about his life, I got very excited. I got even more excited when I heard who the writers and director was. I even thought Jim Carrey was a good choice. However, when I heard REM was going to do the score, I for the first time questioned the decision of the studio and director. While I enjoy REM's "Man on The Moon" very much as a song, I don't believe REM was a good choice for this picture. With a picture with such scope about a man who was so gifted and original, why not hire a great Hollywood composer to do it. Horner, Goldsmith, Williams. Even others like Thomas Newman, Randy Newman, or Marc Shaiman would have been better candidates. The story of Andy's life could be a very emotional and interesting experience to write music about.
Now I'll get to the CD itself. I didn't mind any of the songs on the cd, and I especially enjoyed the songs with Andy singing. The last song on the cd, which was Andy singing, made me teary eyed. However, as far as the score goes, it left a lot to be desired. I have not seen the movie, so i cannot comment on how well the music works in the movie, but I can tell you that musically I was very dissapointed with the cues on the cd. The orchestral version of "Man On The Moon" which I had high hopes for, seemed almost silly to me. All the power of the song was lost, and it was quite frankly dissapointing.
However, I am glad I purchased this cd, just because I am such a large fan of Andy's, and I'm very excited about this movie. I own many, many movie scores, and this one doesn't compare with any of them, but I'll just keep my fingers crossed that the film works. I guess I would have just been more happy with a big powerful, emotional score, but thats just me.
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Really is there anything R.E.M. can't do? Sure, I'm biased-- I've been a fan for a decade and a half now (God, I'm getting old) so the idea of R.E.M. working the score for a movie really excited me. And they don't disappoint. The title track is easily one of R.E.M.'s best songs and the new track "The Great Beyond" (unveiled on the "Up" tour) came across a lot better live than it does here but it's still an instant classic. R.E.M.'s instrumentals are delicate and moving, especially "Miracle" and "Milk and Cookies". And the orchestral version of "Man On The Moon" doesn't come as close to Muzak as one might expect. What keeps this from getting 5 stars is the bizarre "This Friendly World" which seems like a pretty neat song but the "banter" between Michael, Andy and Tony just doesn't work at all ("Hi Andy, do you want to sing a song together?" "It's a friendly world, don't you think so, Michael?")
That aside, the key here--the real proof of R.E.M.'s brillance--is that the band doesn't dominate the proceedings. Andy is the point of all this after all. When you listen to this, you don't think you're listening to R.E.M., you're thinking about Andy and that's not such a bad thing. Way to go, guys.
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