The Anniversary Party

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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 ...
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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
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2001
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266381821
  • Catalog Number: 63818

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Far East Blues - Henry Mancini (3:24)
  2. 2 I May Never Go Home Anymore - Marlene Dietrich (1:41)
  3. 3 Cowbells - Bob Florence (2:13)
  4. 4 Nothing's Sacred - Michael Penn (5:06)
  5. 5 Stealing My Love from Me - Lulu (2:00)
  6. 6 I Know a Place - Petula Clark (2:44)
  7. 7 Flyswatter - Eels (3:18)
  8. 8 It's a Motherf#&!@r - Eels (2:13)
  9. 9 Medley: A Perfect Sky/Harry Called/Nothing Like Us (Reprise) - Michael Penn (2:49)
  10. 10 The Object - MC Honky (3:19)
  11. 11 Troubles - Blair Tefkin (4:51)
  12. 12 Wandertwin - Sunshine Club (3:00)
  13. 13 Nothing Like Us - Michael Penn (4:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Henry Mancini Track Performer
Marlene Dietrich Track Performer
Petula Clark Track Performer
Eels Track Performer
Blair Tefkin Track Performer
Sunshine Club Track Performer
Technical Credits
Michael Penn Engineer, Score Producer
Bill Rosenfield Producer
Janene Higgins Art Direction
Mitch Rotter Executive of Soundtracks
Alan Cumming Executive Producer
Robin Urdang Producer
Michael O. Drexler Mastering
Jennifer Leigh Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Come, join the Party!

    After seeing the film, I knew that I would have to own the soundtrack. The music is an eclectic mix of pop, alternative, jazz/blues songs along with excerpts from the original score. The selections clearly reflect the characters of the film as well as the course of events. I only wish that there would be more pieces from Michael Penn's fantastic score. This excellent compilation is the perfect compliment to this superb film! I hope that the filmmakers of ''The Anniversary Party'' will do a repeat collaboration some time in the future!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Thoughtful and Orginal Soundtrack

    Each song here is a wonderful reminder of the film's characters and overall mood. The organization of the songs helps keep it interesting and is musically intriguing. Worth playing from beginning to end. If you liked the film at all, this album is worth having. Michael Penn is great. I love the Dietrich and the Eels especially.

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