Zoolander

Zoolander

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In the satirical comedy Zoolander, Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) is a three-time male model of the year winner with "3 percent body fat and 1 percent brain activity" whose mission is to foil a dastardly plot to assassinate Malaysia's prime minister. In between saving the world and looking fabulous, Zoolander prowls the catwalk to plenty of pumped-up dance music

Overview

In the satirical comedy Zoolander, Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) is a three-time male model of the year winner with "3 percent body fat and 1 percent brain activity" whose mission is to foil a dastardly plot to assassinate Malaysia's prime minister. In between saving the world and looking fabulous, Zoolander prowls the catwalk to plenty of pumped-up dance music. Providing an after-hours aura to the farce are the Wiseguys' Fatboy Slim-flavored jam "Start the Commotion" (recently used to great effect in a Mitsubishi commercial), the Crystal Method's swooping, big beat-driven "Now Is the Time," and Moby's techno remix of Michael Jackson's "Beat It," which overflows with Eddie Van Halen guitar samples and a patched-in dub interlude. Sandwiched between '80s classics by Frankie Goes to Hollywood ("Relax") and Herbie Hancock ("Rockit") are clever covers by some of modern rock's big guns, including No Doubt's sensual take on the soft-porn disco perennial "Love to Love You Baby," and Nikka Costa's fierce version of Blondie's "Call Me." Taking it down a notch are Rufus Wainwright's tender take on the Hollies' soft-rock classic "He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother" and the Wallflowers' soulful rendition of the Bee Gees' pop nugget "I Started a Joke." Stiller's Zoolander character may be short on brains, but the music on the film's soundtrack is long on thrills.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Doug Stone
The Wiseguys give a nice start to this crisp runway commotion. Original corkers are almost always cooler than novelty retreads (duh), and luckily the vintage versions of the immortal "Relax" and the annoying "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" judiciously appear. Powerman 5000 (minus Luke Cage) later tackles the Frankie classic, aptly demonstrating the aforesaid truism (Do we ever need two versions of any song on one CD?). "Call Me" is already so righteous that Nikka Costa's carbon-copy remake can't help but rule. No Doubt sprinkles the right blend of audio porn, perky pop, and smooth disco into another failsafe Moroder stunner, "Love to Love You Baby." The Wallflowers rework the humorless "I Started a Joke" into an unrecognizable, but actually good, tune. Makes one wonder why Jakob Dylan didn't just start from scratch. Herbie Hancock's "Rockit" adds fuel to any collection, and Moby's claustrophobic "Sub Mix" of "Beat It" wisely submerges with mondo Eddie for the money. Zoolander then becomes an electronic morass, though Orgy and Crystal Method attempt to breach the staticy surface. At any rate, this disc should get your party started right and quickly. Can't realistically expect much more from a soundtrack, anyway.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2001
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616232427
catalogNumber:
162324

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Performance Credits

Frankie Goes to Hollywood   Track Performer
Michael Jackson   Track Performer
Wham!   Track Performer
Herbie Hancock   Track Performer
No Doubt   Track Performer
Wallflowers   Track Performer
BT   Track Performer
Crystal Method   Track Performer
Tom Dumont   Guitar
Gwen Stefani   Vocals
Freestylers   Track Performer
Adrian Young   Drums
Tony Kanal   Bass
Navigator   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Debbie Harry   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Bill Laswell   Composer
Holly Johnson   Composer
Giorgio Moroder   Composer
Michael Beinhorn   Composer
Peter Gill   Composer
Mark O'Toole   Composer
Randall Poster   Executive Producer
Mitchell Leib   Executive Producer
Ben Stiller   Executive Producer
Scott Rudin   Executive Producer

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Zoolander 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know about the movie, but I do know about this CD. Covers of Donna Summer, Blondie, Bee Gees, and Frankie Goes To Hollywood are great! I paricularly like No Doubt's true to original form on Love To Love You Baby and Rufus Wainright's I Started A Joke. Starting A Commotion - the great song from the Mitsubishi commercials is also on here and it's also great! I'd say it was worth every penny.