Music from Scrubs

Music from Scrubs

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An antidote to super-serious medi-dramas like E.R., the wacky comedy Scrubs tracks a group of, er, fresh-scrubbed residents who find themselves in all kinds of kooky, pulse-quickening situations. After the runaway success of its first season, Scrubs enters its sophomore year with a musical companion that's way more subdued than its parent show.

Overview

An antidote to super-serious medi-dramas like E.R., the wacky comedy Scrubs tracks a group of, er, fresh-scrubbed residents who find themselves in all kinds of kooky, pulse-quickening situations. After the runaway success of its first season, Scrubs enters its sophomore year with a musical companion that's way more subdued than its parent show. Consisting of mid-tempo, rock-based songs with male vocalists, the album bypasses big names in favor of tasteful songs from both established and up-and-coming artists. For example, the show's theme song, "Superman" by Lazlo Bane -- which boasts a video directed by Scrubs star Zach Braff (J.D.) -- layers loping, drum machine-born beats with banjo picking, Weezer-esque synths, and meditative vocals. Other tunes, such as Eels' "Fresh Feeling" and Jeremy Kay's "Have It All," follow suit, combining organic instrumentation with programmed rhythm tracks. Mostly, however, the sound is simple, as on Shawn Mullins's sensitive "All in My Head," Francis Dunnery's spare, strings-tinged "Good Life," and two from former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay, who makes a cameo in an episode this season to sing "Overkill." Capped off with some quality alt-rock tunes -- the Shins' Elliott Smith-like "New Slang" and Guided by Voices' upbeat "Hold on Hope," among them -- Scrubs faces a positive diagnosis.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Some soundtracks are strictly souvenirs of a particular film or television series, and they aren't terribly meaningful if you aren't a fan of the movie or program in question. But other soundtracks are able to stand on their own two feet. Take the Scrubs soundtrack, for example. Whether or not one is a fan of the NBC sitcom Scrubs, this is a generally likable CD that ranges from adult alternative and alternative pop
ock to adult contemporary and folk-rock. The Scrubs soundtrack is fairly diverse, and yet, there are parallels between most of the songs. As a rule, the material tends to be melodic and laid-back -- nothing terribly forceful, harsh, dissonant, or abrasive -- and a certain tunefulness generally prevails, whether the soundtrack gets into folk-rock on John Cale's "Hallelujah" or alternative pop
ock on the Butthole Surfers' "Dracula From Houston," Guided by Voices' "Hold on Hope," and Leroy's "Good Time." Two of the songs are by former Men at Work singer Colin Hay, and they show listeners two different sides of the Australian singer. Hay the solo artist revisits Men at Work's 1983 hit "Overkill," and he favors a very Randy Newman-ish approach on "Beautiful World" -- the latter has the sort of sarcasm, irony, and dry humor that Newman is famous for. When Hay sings that he called Jesus Christ and was put on hold, his words are right out of the Newman school of world-weary cynicism. Not all of the tracks are as memorable as the Hay and Cale selections, but overall, the Scrubs soundtrack is a pleasant listen regardless of whether or not one is a fan of the NBC sitcom.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616235329
catalogNumber:
162353

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Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Francis Dunnery   Composer
Colin Hay   Composer
Kirk Miller   Composer
Shawn Mullins   Composer
David Slankard   Composer
Erick Weinberg   Producer
Tim Bright   Composer
Nil Lara   Composer
Robert Pollard   Composer
Chad Fischer   Composer
Bill Lawrence   Producer
Mitchell Leib   Executive Producer
Dave Snow   Art Direction
Desirée Craig-Ramos   Producer
Jeremy Kay   Composer
James Mercer   Composer
Randall Winston   Producer
Daniel Savage   Executive Producer
Gerry Hansen   Composer

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Scrubs 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best compilations out there. I keep checking to see if they've made a second CD yet, but no luck. If you like the Garden State or Elizabethtown soundtracks, you'll dig this as well. Awesome!
IndianaGentry More than 1 year ago
I only bought this CD to get the track "Hallelujah." That is a great song, but it is a live version and you can hear someone coughing during it. It kinda drives me nuts, but the song is still great.

One good surprise were the two tracks by Colin Hay (lead singer of Men At Work). The rest of the CD is just OK. I didn't hear any other tracks that really rocked my world- I skip most of them when they play on my iPod.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago