Scooby-Doo [Original Soundtrack]

Scooby-Doo [Original Soundtrack]

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The original, formulaic Scooby-Doo cartoons owe their success to a dog with a great name, some likably silly comedy, and the scant critical powers of youthful viewers. For fans of hook-happy pop, though, the fabulously brash Scooby-Doo soundtrack is considerably more inspired. Marshaling the most cartoonish of pop stars -- Shaggy, See more details below

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The original, formulaic Scooby-Doo cartoons owe their success to a dog with a great name, some likably silly comedy, and the scant critical powers of youthful viewers. For fans of hook-happy pop, though, the fabulously brash Scooby-Doo soundtrack is considerably more inspired. Marshaling the most cartoonish of pop stars -- Shaggy, Outkast, Uncle Kracker, Baha Men, and others, this Radio-Disney-ready affair delivers an endless stream of kinetic, energetic songs, many of which drop a Scooby reference into the lyrics and feature familiar-but-refined-grooves. Shaggy (that's the rapper, not Scooby's pal) reworks his boombastic reggae-hop hybrid on a remix of the series theme song, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You"; Grammy-winning greats Outkast use "Mambo No 5" beats, a theremin, and their familiar clipped phrasings for "Land of a Million Drums"; puppy love king Lil' Romeo reworks the Commodores' funk masterpiece "Brick House" (and includes a mind-numbing "34-26-34" chant); hit meisters Sugar Ray continue spinning their sticky-as-cotton-candy hooks with "Words to Me"; and Uncle Kracker and Busta Rhymes rework Whodini's "Freaks Come Out at Night." Meanwhile, the tastiest Scooby snack may come from those barkin' Baha Men, whose "Scooby Doo" delivers is a strong junkanoo-flavored party anthem that's sure to rock a theater near you.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It was such an obvious pairing that you might not have thought about it -- that is, ragga superstar Shaggy singing the Scooby-Doo theme, here entitled "Shaggy, Where Are You?" It opens up the soundtrack to the big, glossy summer blockbuster Scooby-Doo, featuring a CGI Scooby; the powerhouse pair of Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard (appearing in no less than their fourth film together); Freaks & Geeks refugee Linda Cardellini; and, of course, Sarah Michelle Gellar, who has graduated from Buffy's Scooby gang to leading the real thing. Who knows what this means for the film, but the soundtrack is equally colorful and knowing, sliding in in-jokes (which anybody raised on '70s television will get) and not being afraid of being silly, which is kind of refreshing after such sour, serious soundtracks as Spider-Man. Sure, that means that some of this is disposable, but cheerfully, engagingly so -- and they help set the stage for curveballs of inspiration, such as OutKast's brilliant "Land of a Million Dreams" (as bracing and deliriously inventive as Peter Gabriel's forgotten "Out Out" on the Gremlins soundtrack); or how Solange with Murphy Lee folds the Scooby theme into "Thinking About You"; or a good cover of Whodini's "Freaks Come Out at Night" with Uncle Kracker and Busta Rhymes; or another wonderful slice of Euro-disco from Kylie Mingoue, "Whenever You Feel Like It." Plus, a good mainstream soundtrack in 2002 wouldn't be the same if it didn't have a good Sugar Ray or Smash Mouth song -- no Smash Mouth, but Sugar Ray's "Words to Me" is yet more proof that this band crafts cheerful, mainstream pop better than most of their peers. It all adds up to a soundtrack that takes you by surprise and is actually a breezy slice of summer fun. Hopefully, the movie will pull off the same trick.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678354328
catalogNumber:
83543
Rank:
12105

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Baha Men   Track Performer
Busta Rhymes   Track Performer
Greg Kurstin   Keyboards
OutKast   Track Performer
Randall Sly   Piano
Sugar Ray   Track Performer
Atomic Fireballs   Track Performer
Big Boi   Vocals
Uncle Kracker   Track Performer
Tony Buccilli   Trombone
Geoff Kinde   Drums
Duke Kingins   Guitar
Shawn Scaggs   Double Bass
Sleepy Brown   Vocals
Killer Mike   Vocals,Track Performer
André 3000   Vocals
Pierre Bouvier   Vocals
Jeff Stinco   Guitar
David Desrosiers   Bass,Vocals
Sebastien Lefebvre   Guitar,Vocals
Chuck Comeau   Drums

Technical Credits

Kylie Minogue   Composer,Producer
Master P   Producer
Terry Manning   Engineer
Bruce Botnick   Engineer
Bruce Fairbairn   Producer
John Frye   Engineer
David James   Producer
Rick Nowels   Composer
Dave Pirner   Composer
Mike Robinson   Producer
Ralph Sall   Producer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Shaggy   Producer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
MxPx   Producer,Engineer
Eddie Miller   Engineer
Richard Bates   Art Direction
Jason Flom   Executive Producer
Marty Frasu   Score Supervisor
Laura Wasserman   Executive Producer
Kevin Weaver   Executive Producer
Peter Cunnah   Programming,Producer
Beyoncé   Producer
Charles Roven   Executive Producer
Ramon Morales   Engineer
Ziad Al-Hillal   Producer,Engineer
Simple Plan   Producer
Gregory Jamrok   Orchestration
David Newman   Composer,Orchestration
Krystyna Newman   Scoring Consultant
Damon Elliott   Producer
Michael Render   Composer

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