Detroit Rock City

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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
The year is 1978, and four hormonal young guys from the Motor City are jonesing for KISS tickets. What they go through to get them is the basis for DETROIT ROCK CITY, and as might be expected for a rawk'n'roll movie of the first order, the soundtrack rocks like an avalanche. Funny thing is, the tracks by KISS itself -- vintage tunes "Shout It Out Loud," "Detroit Rock City," and especially the generic new Diane Warren-penned power ballad that closes the album -- sound a bit wussy next to the '70s remakes by current rock acts. Pantera roars through Motor City madman Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever"; the Donnas tromp grandly all over KISS's "Strutter"; Marilyn Manson ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
The year is 1978, and four hormonal young guys from the Motor City are jonesing for KISS tickets. What they go through to get them is the basis for DETROIT ROCK CITY, and as might be expected for a rawk'n'roll movie of the first order, the soundtrack rocks like an avalanche. Funny thing is, the tracks by KISS itself -- vintage tunes "Shout It Out Loud," "Detroit Rock City," and especially the generic new Diane Warren-penned power ballad that closes the album -- sound a bit wussy next to the '70s remakes by current rock acts. Pantera roars through Motor City madman Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever"; the Donnas tromp grandly all over KISS's "Strutter"; Marilyn Manson does a cranky though nicely bedeviled version of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell"; even the terminally mellow Everclear actually does a credible cover of "The Boys Are Back In Town" (song originators Thin Lizzy show up themselves on "Jailbreak.") There's plenty of Me Decade radio raunch to get your blood circulating, too, including David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel," the Runaways' "School Days," and of course, how could you think of a hard rock soundtrack without Black Sabbath's immortal "Iron Man"? But they all pale next to the primal stomp of Van Halen's magnificent "Runnin' With the Devil," which you may find yourself playing over and over and over.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To kids of the '70s, Kiss were a rite of passage, or at least a totem of adolescence, so it isn't entirely surprising that a movie like Detroit Rock City came into existence. Green-lighted after the original Kiss reunion was a blockbuster success in 1997, the film is a nostalgic trip about a quartet of teenage stoners led by the always excellent Edward Furlong in 1978 and their adventures as they try to see Kiss in Detroit, otherwise known as Rock City. Clearly, a film like this screams for a blend of classic rock and classic rock covers as the soundtrack, and that's exactly what it gets. The true heart of the album is in the classic rock songs: "Running with the Devil," "Iron Man," "Jailbreak," "Surrender," "Rebel Rebel," "Little Willy," and, of course, "Shout It Out Loud" and the title track. They help set the mood, while the covers bring in the younger audience. Apart from the Donnas' "Strutter" and Everclear's "The Boys Are Back in Town," the covers are largely gimmicky -- listen to Pantera's "Cat Scratch Fever"; Drain S.T.H.'s "20th Century Boy," which is similar to Placebo's cover of the T. Rex tune for Velvet Goldmine; and Marilyn Manson's cover of "Highway to Hell" a song that wasn't released until 1979, by the way, which provokes snickers since you always knew Brian Warner was headed there -- but the remakes are only occasionally embarrassing. Consequently, the album is a good time, even if it isn't as much fun as the film and has as many ups and downs as a typical concert-going experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/1999
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • UPC: 731454638920
  • Catalog Number: 546389
  • Sales rank: 16,332

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Boys Are Back in Town (4:05)
  2. 2 Shout It out Loud - Kiss (2:47)
  3. 3 Runnin' with the Devil (3:34)
  4. 4 Cat Scratch Fever - Pantera (3:48)
  5. 5 Iron Man (5:54)
  6. 6 Highway to Hell (3:46)
  7. 7 20th Century Boy (4:28)
  8. 8 Detroit Rock City - Kiss (3:35)
  9. 9 Jailbreak (4:00)
  10. 10 Surrender (4:22)
  11. 11 Rebel Rebel (4:25)
  12. 12 Strutter (2:57)
  13. 13 School Days (2:51)
  14. 14 Little Willy - Sweet (3:10)
  15. 15 Nothing Can Keep Me from You - Kiss (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Black Sabbath Track Performer
David Bowie Track Performer
Cheap Trick Track Performer
Kiss Track Performer
The Runaways Track Performer
Sweet Track Performer
Thin Lizzy Track Performer
Marilyn Manson Vocals, Track Performer
Van Halen Track Performer
Madonna Wayne Gacy Keyboards
Twiggy Ramirez Bass, Guitar
Everclear Track Performer
Drain S.T.H. Track Performer
Ginger Fish Drums
John 5 Guitar
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer, Producer
Ted Nugent Composer
Pantera Producer
David Lee Roth Composer
Gene Simmons Composer
Paul Stanley Composer
Kim Fowley Producer
Marilyn Manson Producer
Neal Avron Engineer
Rodger Bain Producer
David Campbell String Arrangements
Nicky Chinn Composer
Bob Ezrin Composer, Producer
Ron Furmanek Producer
Bob Harris Programming
George Marino Mastering
Vinnie Paul Producer
Allen Sides Engineer
Tamoo Suzuki Engineer
Ted Templeman Producer
Eddie Van Halen Composer
Alex Van Halen Composer
John Alcock Producer
Rob Cavallo Producer
Steve Kolanjian Producer
Diamond Darrell Producer
Bon Harris Programming
Mike Chapman Composer
Sank Producer, Engineer
Tom Zutaut Producer
Art Alexakis Producer
Sterling Winfield Engineer
The Donnas Producer
Michael Anthony Composer
Robert Shimp Producer
Phil Roberts Artwork
Michael Tuller Programming
Blumpy Programming
Drank Sth Producer
Ron Furmnek Producer
Barry Goldberg Engineer
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