Roadside Prophets

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All Music Guide - Richard Foss
Many movie soundtracks convey the impression of two EPs intercut with each other -- one of moody instrumental music, the other of whatever rock songs happen to appear in the background of the film. Given that the main characters in the movie Roadside Prophets are rock stars -- Adam Horowitz and John Doe -- you would expect the soundtrack to feature lots of songs by those two artists and a couple of instrumentals to bulk out the package. The soundtrack to Roadside Prophets is, therefore, a surprise on several counts. John Doe has one song and Horowitz doesn't make any musical contribution. Doe's song is a good one, so good that he re-recorded it on his Kissingsohard album, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard Foss
Many movie soundtracks convey the impression of two EPs intercut with each other -- one of moody instrumental music, the other of whatever rock songs happen to appear in the background of the film. Given that the main characters in the movie Roadside Prophets are rock stars -- Adam Horowitz and John Doe -- you would expect the soundtrack to feature lots of songs by those two artists and a couple of instrumentals to bulk out the package. The soundtrack to Roadside Prophets is, therefore, a surprise on several counts. John Doe has one song and Horowitz doesn't make any musical contribution. Doe's song is a good one, so good that he re-recorded it on his Kissingsohard album, so if you're a John Doe completist you can get it elsewhere. The actual reason to buy this CD is that there is some very good music from some underappreciated L.A. bands, and it all hangs together thanks to common musical themes and styles. The band Pray for Rain plays the majority of the tracks in a style which mixes rock and lounge jazz exotica very effectively -- there are moments that are reminiscent of the Club Foot Orchestra at their best. Most of the other groups get only one song, but in each case they're good ones. The normally goofy rockers Too Free Stooges turn in a remarkably straight performance on "Springtime," their only song on any major-label release, and Different World shines on the humorous "Dinosaur Tracks." Unlike many soundtracks, this is one you can enjoy listening to straight through. All in all, the soundtrack to Roadside Prophets is well worth having, though not for the reasons you might expect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/1993
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707946346
  • Catalog Number: 79463

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beer, Gas, Ride Forever - John Doe (3:27)
  2. 2 Helmets Are Bullshit (0:48)
  3. 3 Make Yourself at Home in My Heart (2:06)
  4. 4 Vegas (1:13)
  5. 5 Springtime (3:50)
  6. 6 Gridlock (3:22)
  7. 7 Out of Barstow (1:12)
  8. 8 Clean Like Tomorrow (5:45)
  9. 9 Down by the Roadside (4:05)
  10. 10 Valley of Zoom (0:53)
  11. 11 Hot White Sun (3:10)
  12. 12 The Mist (4:16)
  13. 13 The Loneliest Road in America (1:20)
  14. 14 Dinosaur Tracks (3:13)
  15. 15 Horses (0:43)
  16. 16 El Dorado (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Martin Murphey Drums
Robert M. Powell Steel Guitar
Exene Cervenka Vocals, Track Performer
John Doe Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Track Performer
The Pogues Track Performer
Jeff Beal Horn
Broken Homes Track Performer
Erin Kenney Vocals, Track Performer
Billy Swan Piano
Different World Track Performer
Pray for Rain Track Performer
James Ashhurst Bass
Russell Battelene Drums
Manny Chevrolet Vocals
Michael Doman Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bruce Duff Bass, Background Vocals
Betsy Gerson Electric Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Tom Gilkyson Guitar
Doni Gray Drums
Ethan James Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Track Performer
Bug Lamp Track Performer
Duke McVinnie Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Keith Morris Vocals
Carlo Nuccio Drums
Michael O'Leary Electric Bass, Electric Guitar
Andrew Robinson Dulcimer, Vocals
Daniel Root Guitar, Background Vocals
Tony Rugulo Bass
Zander Schloss Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Harry Dean Stanton Vocals, Track Performer
Rob Stennett Guitar, Percus
Steven Strauss Guitar, Acoustic Bass
Joseph Simon Szeibert Keyboards
Mike Wineke Human Whistle
Jim Woody Piano, Drums
Dan Wool Guitar
D.J. Bonebrake Percussion, Drums
Michael Murphy Drums
Andy Robinson Dulcimer, Vocals
Dick Rude Vocals
Rob Powell Pedal Steel Guitar
Gary Brown Bass, Percussion
Lewis Background Vocals
Charlie Quintana Percussion
Technical Credits
Exene Cervenka Producer
John Doe Producer
The Pogues Contributor
Broken Homes Contributor
Billy Swan Producer
Different World Contributor
Pray for Rain Contributor
Martin Brumbach Engineer
Tony Gilkyson Producer
Ethan James Producer, Engineer
Norman Kerner Engineer
Bug Lamp Producer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Earle Mankey Producer
Peter McCarthy Executive Producer
Tom McCauley Engineer
Duke McVinnie Producer
Carlo Nuccio Producer
Zander Schloss Arranger, Producer
Jeffrey Shannon Engineer
Harry Dean Stanton Contributor
Rob Stennett Producer
Captain Jeff Zaraya Mastering
Chuck Ferry Engineer
Drew Cartwright Cover Design
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