Anniversary Party

The Anniversary Party

     
 
When actors-turned-movie producers Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming were searching for music for their indie film about the passive-aggressive psychological warfare at an anniversary party, they sought assistance from Eels' frontman E and singer-songwriter Michael Penn, both kingpins of L.A.'s vibrant alt-pop

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When actors-turned-movie producers Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming were searching for music for their indie film about the passive-aggressive psychological warfare at an anniversary party, they sought assistance from Eels' frontman E and singer-songwriter Michael Penn, both kingpins of L.A.'s vibrant alt-pop scene. E's contributions include previously released Eels material and handpicked favorites from his own record collection, such as Henry Mancini's sinister "Far East Blues" and a Marlene Dietrich beer-garden waltz whose title, "I May Never Go Home," no party host ever wants to hear uttered. Other notable songs include Lulu's British Invasion rave-up "Stealing My Love from Me" and the Eels' bittersweet ode to love, "It's a Motherf#and! @r." Not to be outdone, Penn offers up three tracks, including the chugging techno beat-laced "Nothing's Sacred" and the drum machine-accented "Nothing Like Us." With such an eclectic guest list, The Anniversary Party is a must-attend event. Dave Gil de Rubio

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All Music Guide - Craig Curtice
The brainchild of actors Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming, The Anniversary Party boasts a charming ensemble cast of characters gathered for an unimagined evening by a recently reconciled couple at their Hollywood Hills home. Its accompanying soundtrack is an eclectic affair solidified by a morphing Michael Penn score and an intelligent montage of decade-spanning music. Accentuating character flaws and some uneasy film dialogue, these selections run a gamut of styles, from the demure '50s grandeur of "I May Never Go Home Anymore" by Marlene Dietrich to the clean-looped techno-pop of "The Object" by MC Honky. "Far East Blues" by composer Henry Mancini is a stately instrumental opener, Petula Clark's "I Know a Place" brims with a youthful piquancy, and the Bob Florence Trio's "Cowbells" adds some quirky cocktail flavoring. Rounding out this interesting collection are buoyant selections by Blair Tefkin, Lulu, the Sunshine Club, and the Eels. A solid effort was made to unearth dignified music for an edgy little film depicting restless semi-celebrities who seem better off, but aren't necessarily happy, healthy, or completely fulfilled.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2001
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266381821
catalogNumber:
63818

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