on December 18, 2003
From my trips to the Limelight, I'm pretty sure the soundtrack to Party Monster mostly won't recreate Disco 2000 for the listener, but it will still provide a numbing, druggy tripped-out atmosphere. Since, strangely, Amazon doesn't list the contents, let's start there:
Mannequin "Take Me to the Club"
Miss Kitten & The Hacker "Frank Sinatra"
Felix da Housecat vs. Pop Tarts featuring Macauley Culkin "Money Success Fame Glamour"
Waldorf "You're My Disco"
Stacey Q "Two of Hearts"
Happy Thought Hall "Get Happy"
Vitalic "Le Rock 01"
Tones On Tail "Go"
Nina Hagen "New York, New York"
Scissor Sisters "It Can't Come Quickly Enough"
W.I.T. "Inside Out"
Stephen "tin tin" Duffy "Kiss Me"
Shannon "Give Me Tonight"
ABC "How To Be A Millionaire"
Keoki "Crash" (original mix)
Marilyn Manson as Christina "The La La Song"
Headrillaz feat. Ricky Barrow "Good is Bad"
If you can't tell from the track listing, a lot of it is actually not electroclash music, and contrary to popular belief, "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" is NOT on the soundtrack, thank goodness.
A lot of the music sounds like Kraftwerk-era old school techno when the beats-per-minute were still well below 140. For example Mannequin's "take me to the club" is bored-with-the-world down tempo dance music. Ladytron's "seventeen" and Miss Kitten's "Frank Sinatra" are Emperor Norton tracks which both leave you feeling that the vocalists are jaded, louche and stoned. "Frank Sinatra" has been described as "merciless" and it's very apt. Happy Thought Hall's "Get Happy" and W.I.T's "Inside Out" are also mindless, mild techno. Again, the female vocalists sound spacey, like they've been hit in the head with a hammer. (hmm...)
Felix da Housecat's "Money Success Fame Glamour" is a great, nihilistic anthem worthy of the club kids with a beat to rival Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "Relax." Vitalic's "Le Rock 01" and (of course) Keoki's "Crash" are actually club-use tracks. Marilyn Manson's song also sounds like it would be great under strobe lights. Scissor Sisters "It Can't Come Quickly Enough" is, finally, not down-tempo techno. It's mellow, trippy and pretty.
Now, the 80's music. Why Stacey Q's "Two of Hearts" and Shannon's freestyle "Give Me Tonight" are on the soundtrack, I can't imagine, but they are cute songs. If you don't know Tones on Tail's "Go" then you're really missing out, but I bet you already have it on The Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack. Stephen Duffy's song "Kiss Me" also sounds really 80's. And if you know Nina Hagen, you know she's an acquired taste.
There are probably better, deeper mixes available of a lot of these songs, but this is a good collection, and if you enjoyed the film, this conjures up its carefree but lethal aura very well.
on September 11, 2003
Aficionados of the immensely popular Home Alone series can easily recall the film's hook, lead Macaulay Culkin, among other notable qualities. People fail to recall just what happened to cinema's Kevin McAllister. As Culkin's portrayal of Kevin earned him a garnished career in Hollywood, that career dwindled when he disappeared from the money, success, fame and glamour so highly espoused by his childishly flamboyant character in Party Monster, a daring, draining, and altogether juvenile account of the true events in James St. James's daring novel Disco Bloodbath.
Directed by lovers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, Monster ostentatiously exposes the nightlife of early 1990s New York, with its decadent club scene and depreciating drug network, through the eyes of one of the epoch's most controversial party promoters, Michael Alig (Culkin). Alig, along with his entourage: a drag queen debutante, James St. James (Seth Green), a drugged-out drag singer Christina (Marilyn Manson), a sexually adventurous disc jockey, Keoki (Wilmer Valderrama), and an imprudent club owner (Dylan McDermott) move to take New York City by storm with fetish-oriented soirées and drug-oriented midnight bashes.
As Alig begins to experiment with his newfound popularity, he takes advantage of the substance abuse permeated within the culture, and ultimately aspires to gain a place in society as a famous "party kid". But, as one would like to remember, all good things must come to an end. Monster moves from the garishness of a party culture to the depreciated moratorium that becomes Alig's life; drugs have become a common pleasure/goal, his relationships dwindle, and his life finally spins out of control in a climax that is both heartbreaking and disturbing.
Culkin's performance ranks in as a less-than-mediocre rendition of a high school drama club portrayal, but perhaps Bailey and Barbato found purport in using this as a vehicle for delivering the underlying idea of the childish and illusory pleasures in decadence. There is a sense of pleasure in humoring Culkin and his pursuit of his juvenile ways. Seth Green, though utterly ridiculous at some points, adds stability to the obnoxiousness and impulsiveness of Alig's character. Some will appreciate this film as a testament to the artistic and audacious nature of cinema; others will view this as an example when directors allow their instincts to shift into a neo-90's MTV-esque overdrive.
I prefer the former.
The soundtrack is even better, with even a main cast recording that is wonderful to listen too. Literally a full hour of toe tapping (or even dancing) grooves.
Film : B+
Soundtrack : A
on September 24, 2003
GET DRESSED TO IT ::: ? > THE REVIVAL OF CLUB CULTURE < ? :::
The nightclub undergrounds past , present , and future combine for the big hollywood mash up! So get on your over the top platforms, ultra-vivid-makeup and and uber-huge-eyelashes while playing this energetic club music compilation where it all gets thrown together for the great SOUNDTRACK to PARTY MONSTER! It has the feel of modern electro'clash' and great new electronic tracks with a few classics thrown in as well. >unable to see the NEW film yet<
on June 9, 2004
I really enjoyed most of these songs and I'm looking to buy the cd but I really want to know if the song playing in the scene where macaulay culkin is in the train station with his head on the railing is on there. I really hope so cause it sounds like a great song. I hope someone checks this out and lets me know, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
on May 7, 2004
-it doesn't represent early club culture in the least
-its more like a representation of the dying electroclash fad of the late 90s/early 00s
-but i love it anyway
this is fun music from a fun movie. its not classic in any shape or form, but if you missed out on buying any of the electroclash comps, then pick this up as a tiny piece of history.
on January 25, 2004
hmm....well, what can i say. i simply adore this soundtrack. it has everything i love about modern dance (felix, ladytron) and eighties dance (stacey q, shannon). plus it has what is in my opinion the best band out there right now, SCISSOR SISTERS!!!! seriously, if you like to dance to GOOD music go out and pick this up. it is quite amazing.