Reflecting the film's Hawaiian setting, the soundtrack to Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's romantic comedy about short-term memory loss, 50 First Dates, features reggae-fied versions of new wave classics. While technically the songs should have been done with slack key guitars and ukuleles, the collection is a pretty fun mix of styles that haven't had much to do with each other since the heydays of Blondie, the Police, and Musical Youth. Only one of these groups is represented on the soundtrack -- UB40's version of the Police's "Every Breath You Take," which is pleasant enough but not one of the more inspired pairings on the album. Likewise, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath just isn't a strong enough vocal presence to carry off a natty dread version of the Psychedelic Furs' "Ghost in You." However, Wyclef Jean and Eve's version of the Outfield's "Your Love" is surprisingly genuine, and while Wayne Wonder's version of "Hold Me Now" isn't as fresh as his own work, it's still a decent version of the song. 311's version of the Cure's "Love Song" manages to be faithful to the original and to the concept of the soundtrack, creating a new style -- rasta-goth? -- in the process. Robert Smith and company get another shoutout in the form of Dryden Mitchell's "Friday, I'm in Love," which, unfortunately, isn't as successful as 311's homage. Somewhat predictably, most of the standout tracks on the collection come from the artists with the most reggae credibility; Ziggy Marley's version of the Cars' "Drive" imbues the song with a little more soulfulness than most of the other songs here, while Elan Atias' cover of Bryan Ferry's "Slave to Love" contrasts his raspy vocals with the smooth melody. Adam Sandler's closing track, "Forgetful Lucy," is one of his better and more restrained songs in a while; this song, along with the rest of the soundtrack, keeps the emphasis on "romantic" instead of comedy. Still, 50 First Dates is a fun and funny (if gimmicky) collection of love songs.
Performance CreditsDave Carpenter Bass Guitar
Santa Davis Drums
Warren Fitzgerald Guitar
Ziggy Marley Synthesizer,Bass
Brooks Wackerman Drums
Wyclef Jean Guitar
Gabrial McNair Guitar,Keyboards
Gwen Stefani Background Vocals
Tony Kanal Keyboards
Natasha Pearce Background Vocals
Elan Atias Background Vocals
Takashia Akimato Guitar
Zack Hexum Background Vocals
Carl Restivo Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsBryan Ferry Composer
Ric Ocasek Composer
Donnie Fritts Composer
Perry Bamonte Composer
Tim Butler Composer
Daniel Chase Engineer
Kim Davis Music Business Affairs
Michael Dilbeck Executive Producer
Simon Gallup Composer
Nicholas Hexum Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Eddie Hinton Composer
Gary Kemp Composer
Ziggy Marley Producer
Ian McCulloch Composer
Colin Mitchell Engineer
Will Sergeant Composer
Chad Sexton Producer,Engineer
Laurence Tolhurst Composer
Boris Williams Composer
Adam Sandler Composer,Executive Producer
Richard Butler Composer
Guy Oseary Executive Producer
Roger O'Donnell Composer
Wyclef Jean Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Producer
Tim Herlihy Composer
Marc Moreau Engineer
Tony Kanal Programming,Producer
Allen Covert Composer
Jeff Haddad Vocal Producer
Pablo Munguia Engineer,Vocal Producer
Jeeve Vocal Producer
Chip Karpells Engineer
Shelly Bunge Music Business Affairs
Robert J. Smith Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
50 First Dates: Love Songs from the Soundtrack based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
I agree that this is a fun CD for the 80's revitalization. I feel that the producers of the soundtrack completely missed the boat with the omission of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.' That particular song in the movie was so well placed, it was the reason that I felt sentimental and looked for the CD in the first place after the movie ended. I would love to know where to find the track or if it exists?
I just saw the movie, I enjoyed all the music that was in the movie. I was just checking out the list of songs and was wondering, why isn't "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in "reggae" isn't listed. Is it on the soundtrack or not? Thanks.
I was disappointed by the omission of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", too. I had heard this song before and know it is by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. The original is great because it also includes "What a Wonderful World".
I think it was a bummer that there were so many great songs omitted from this soundtrack. I think they should have made two soundtrack cds just like they did with the movie "the wedding singer". The song "somewhere over the rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole was also one of the reasons I bought the soundtrack unfortunetly it was not included on the soundtrack. All in all I did love the soundtrack even though a lot of wonderful songs were missing.
Besides "Wouldn't it be nice" there are other songs not on the soundtrack like "Just Another Day" and a No Doubt song "Underneath It All"
"Wouldn't it be nice" by the Beach Boys is played twice in the movie-when Lucy is painting and Henry plays it after Lucy's dad gives him the CD-and that song is not on the soundtrack.
This is a great addition to your CD collection especially if you grew up in the 80's and appreciate the reggae sound. I bought this CD because of Jason Mraz and his version of the classic, I'll Melt With You by Modern English. I loved it and I love all the other remakes of some of my favorite 80's songs by The Cure, The Thompson Twins, etc. It's a great CD to play in the summer while you drive with the top down!
I too was hoping "Over the Rainbow" by Hawaiian singer, IZ, would be included on this soundtrack. But I think soundtracks that do have it are, "Meet Joe Black" and "Finding Forrester."
The songs on this album are too similar to each other to make this a really stand-out cd. I bought the cd for 311's cover of the Cure's "Love Song". The other songs are okay, but it's kind of irritating to sit through half an hour of once-beloved 80s songs covered in half-hearted reggae styles. Good for listening to when you're in a good mood, but not something you want to pull out repeatedly.
This is a good soundtrack. I like "Love Song". One song that was ommitted was "Wouldn't it be nice" by the Beach Boys. I heard it twice in the movie. Lucy sings it while painting and Henry plays it on the boat after Lucy's dad gives him the CD.