School of Rock [Original Soundtrack]

School of Rock [Original Soundtrack]

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Most rock movie soundtracks breed Hollywood with rock 'n' roll and deliver a litter divided between purebred radio classics and the listening equivalent of shaggy mutts. School of Rock is no exception, save that these mutts are the most lovable -- and, on occasion, the most vicious -- of the lot. "Heal Me, I'm Heartsick," credited to leading man Jack Black'sSee more details below

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Most rock movie soundtracks breed Hollywood with rock 'n' roll and deliver a litter divided between purebred radio classics and the listening equivalent of shaggy mutts. School of Rock is no exception, save that these mutts are the most lovable -- and, on occasion, the most vicious -- of the lot. "Heal Me, I'm Heartsick," credited to leading man Jack Black's onscreen band No Vacancy and penned by Craig Wedrin of Shudder to Think, manages to reconcile the latter band's jitters with Black's over-the-top delivery. Likewise, the Wylde Rattz (a supergroup of sorts, featuring members of Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, and the Stooges) dive into the latter band's "T.V. Eye" with feverish aggression. New-generation glamsters the Darkness wax spastically erotic on the falsetto-laced "Growing On Me," while the Black Keys slither through the bass-driven "Set You Free." The oldies, by and large, are to-the-point hard rockers (the Who's "Substitute," Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song"), but there are surprises on that end as well, such as T. Rex's "Ballroom of Mars." Well-chosen snippets of dialogue punctuate the disc, imparting some genuine chuckles that convey the tone of the flick perfectly.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The soundtrack to Richard Linklater's Jack Black-starring film School of Rock more or less lives up to its name, collecting textbook examples of what it means to rock out from some of the bands who wrote that book. The Who's "Substitute," the Doors' "Touch Me," Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love," and Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" form a pretty solid curriculum, with T. Rex's "Ballrooms of Mars" and the Ramones' "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)" added on for extra credit. The soundtrack also nods to some newer bands such as the Black Keys, whose "Set You Free" is a fine piece of bluesy garage rock revivalism, as well as the Darkness' proudly glam metal "Growing on Me." Not surprisingly, Black performs on several of the soundtrack's songs, with both the School of Rock band and No Vacancy. Coming up with material for not one but two fictional bands seems to have been a challenge for the soundtrack's songwriters; while Black gives songs like "School of Rock" and "Fight" his all, they don't come close to his work with his own band, Tenacious D. However, School of Rock's cover of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top" is faithful both to the band's vision -- Black looks and sounds like a plus-size version of Angus Young -- and to the movie's playful spirit. Likewise, the cover of the Stooges' "TV Eye" by Wylde Ratttz -- aka Don Fleming, Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley, Mark Arm, Mike Watt, and Ron Asheton -- which also appeared on the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack, is another affectionate yet creative cover. School of Rock may not be the most visionary of soundtracks, but it is a fun souvenir from a fun movie.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2003
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678369421
catalogNumber:
83694
Rank:
13098

Tracks

  1. School of Rock  -  School of Rock
  2. Your Head and Your Mind and Your Brain....
  3. Substitute  -  Who
  4. Fight  -  No Vacancy
  5. Touch Me  -  Doors
  6. I Pledge Allegiance to the Band....
  7. Sunshine of Your Love  -  Cream
  8. Immigrant Song  -  Led Zeppelin
  9. Set You Free  -  Black Keys
  10. Edge of Seventeen  - Stevie Nicks
  11. Heal Me, I'm Heartsick  -  No Vacancy
  12. Growing on Me  -  Darkness
  13. Ballrooms of Mars  -  T. Rex
  14. Those Who Can't Do....
  15. My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)  -  No Vacancy
  16. T.V. Eye  -  Wylde Ratttz
  17. It's a Long Way to the Top  -  School of Rock

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Black   Vocals,Group Member
Kevin Clark   Group Member
Joey Gaydos   Group Member
Ruth McCartney   Group Member
Rebecca Brown   Group Member
Aleisha Allen   Group Member
Robert Tsai   Group Member
Caitlin Hale   Group Member
Maryam Hassan   Group Member

Technical Credits

Jack Bruce   Composer
Stevie Nicks   Composer
Jimmy Page   Composer,Producer
Robert Plant   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Who   Producer
Jim Morrison   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer
John Densmore   Composer
Marc Bolan   Composer
Bon Scott   Composer
Ron Asheton   Composer
Scott Asheton   Composer
Jean Beauvoir   Composer,Producer
Jack Black   Producer
Pete Brown   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
George Drakoulias   Producer
Warren Fitzgerald   Composer
Don Fleming   Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Felix Pappalardi   Producer
Joey Ramone   Composer
Dee Dee Ramone   Composer
Paul Rothchild   Producer
Tony Visconti   Producer
Angus Young   Composer
Malcolm Young   Composer
Danny Bramson   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Randall Poster   Producer
Craig Wedren   Composer
Craig Kallman   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Richard Linklater   Producer
Ruth McCartney   Instrumentation
Scott Rudin   Producer
Ron Shapiro   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Mike White   Composer
Sammy James   Composer
Patrick Carney   Composer,Producer
Dan Auerbach   Composer
Pedro Ferreira   Producer
Justin Hawkins   Composer
Frankie Poullain   Composer
Dan Hawkins   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer
Dave Alexander   Composer

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