The 40 Year-Old Virgin Soundtrack
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|1. A Life Of Illusion - Joe Walsh|
|2. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Michael McDonald|
|3. Virgin Man - Smokey Robinson|
|4. Heat Of The Moment - Asia|
|5. Just Got Lucky - JoBoxers|
|6. I Got Ants In My Pants (And I Just Want To Dance) - James Brown|
|7. I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan|
|8. Hello - Lionel Richie|
|9. Sharing The Night Together - Dr. Hook|
|10. I Ran (So Far Away) - Flock Of Seagulls|
|11. Joy - Apollo 100|
|12. Score (Shot Montage) - Lyle Workman|
|13. Theme From The Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not) - Joey Scarbury|
|14. Never Surrender - Corey Hart|
|15. The Search Is Over - Survivor|
|16. Aquarius - Cast Recording|
|17. The First Time (Deleted Karaoke Scene) - Steve Carell|
With 17 songs featuring tracks from Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan, Lionel Richie, James Brown, and A Flock Of Seagulls, this soundtrack is the key to the big score! In addition, the soundtrack includes a special track The First Time from the deleted karoke scene sung by the main character played by Steve Carrell. Columbia. 2005.
Soundtracks are all about setting a mood, so right away you know what to expect from one called The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Sure, it could try to portray the psychological complexity of the situation (though that would be a little creepy), but silly is definitely the safest and most-expected course. And "silly," "safe," and "expected" are the three words that best describe the The 40-Year-Old Virgin CD. You don't need to see the movie to imagine what kind of scene might accompany Michael McDonald's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," Lionel Richie's "Hello," and "Never Surrender" by Corey Hart. Of course the downfall of using obvious music is that it mirrors the title character's plight all too well. While his--um--maturity may be a little stunted, one could say the same for the musical maturity of this disc. The world got over "I Ran (So Far Away)" by Flock of Seagulls decades ago, but some in Hollywood never did. This CD is great for goofing around--you just might not want to pop it in when you have a special someone coming over. --Leah Weathersby
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If you haven't seen the movie, that's okay. Just looking at the titles of some of the songs included on the soundtrack is sure to elicit a snicker out of you. You can just imagine where songs like "Virgin Man" (Robinson), "Just Got Lucky" (JoBoxers), "Score" (Workman), and "I Got Ants in My Pants" (Brown) fit into the movie. Although, if you're forty years old (or so) today, a lot of these songs may just remind you of your first time. "Heat of the Moment" (Asia) is one of those songs that really defined the early eighties with its synthesizers and harmonious vocals melodies. "I Ran" (Seagulls) is another one of those songs that you'll never shake from that era.
I'm sure that at a lot of proms and weddings circa 1985 people were slow dancing (and possibly getting lucky) to "Never Surrender" (Hart). Thanks to a Starburst commercial, "Hello" (Richie) seems to be making a comeback. For all the parody it gets, it's a great ballad. If you only get this soundtrack for just one song, get it for "Theme From Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not)" (Scarbury). There's just something about the cheesy, over-the-top, `I'm on top of the world' anthem that stays with you for years (though you're afraid to admit it).
You can live without the cast recordings of "Aquarius" and "The First Time". As with most soundtracks, you really need to see the movie first.
The 40 Year Old Virgin Soundtrack scores (couldn't resist) with a diverse sampling of music that will recall your younger and more awkward years.
ps- The song Andy kareokes to in his house is called "Word Up" and it was by the r&b band Cameo, and it was a Top 10 hit for them in 1986.
That's why we love them.
Thank you, mr. Apatow!
P.S.: "Hello" will never be the same song after this movie...