Roadside Prophets

Roadside Prophets

     
 

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 ofSee more details below

Overview

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:
12/03/1993
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707946322
catalogNumber:
79463

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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
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,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
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
Don 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
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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