St Trinian's - The Soundtrack
Girls Aloud, Sugababes and Sophie Ellis-Bextor feature on the St Trinian's soundtrack.
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In a nutshell...
Cheesy. Infamous. Pop. Rivalling Steps
What's it all about?
A few years ago, some wiseguy in the film business decided to start remaking all the classic British films. It started with the horrendous rehash of The Italian Job and could well continue with the St Trinian's film, based on the series of films made between 1954 and 1980.
As a result, a soundtrack has been released to 'promote' the highlights of the new film. In the movie, a range of the UK's best comedy talent, as well as Russell Brand, make an appearance and even Girls Aloud act. The soundtrack includes two songs from the reality TV winners, a cover of Shampoo's Trouble by the cast and a cover of the Undertones' Teenage Kicks by the otherwise pretty good Remi Nicole.
Who's it by
A mixture of anyone and anybody who has no shame appears on this album. The list of participants include a duet between Rupert Everett and Colin Firth, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sugababes, the Ordinary Boys and Marc Ronson - just to prove that the latter has completely sold out.
As an example...
"Love is in the air everywhere I look around/Love is in the air every sight and every sound/ And I don't know if I'm being foolish/I don't know if I'm being wise/But it's something that I must believe in/And it's there when I look in your eyes." - Rupert Everett and Colin Firth: Love Is In The Air
Likelihood of a trip to the Grammys
Incredibly doubtful. However, having looked at the recent nominations categories, anything can get in there these days; even Nickleback.
What the others say
"Actually, it's appropriate that little Lady Sov should stand out. Her whole approach is, after all, the one that's closest to the devil-may-care attitude of the original St. Trinian's. If only the film's producers had had the sense to hand the whole soundtrack over to her; it might just have made it worthwhile." - BBC
So is it any good?
To be honest, it perfectly sums up the movie - crass, cheesy and slightly offensive. Soundtracks to films are always curious beasts, to try and sum up a film by using a range of songs often ends up being a farce. Only War of the Worlds and Titanic have ever made major inroads into the mainstream.
The track record looks set to continue here. By starting with Girls Aloud's Theme to St Trinian's and finishing with the same song but sung by the cast of the film is a bizarre choice. Not only is it a below-average song, hearing it twice in a lifetime is just cruel. However, sandwiched in the middle are monstrosities by Remi Nicole - who covers the uncoverable Teenage Kicks - Sophie Ellis-Bextor (I thought she'd given up years ago) and Sugababes. The horrendous Lily Allen/Marc Ronson cover of Oh My God is also included.
Two things save this from being a total stinker. The attitude of Lady Sovereign on the Ordinary Boys' Nine2Five is much more in the tradition of the ballsy nature of film, while the Noisettes' Don't Give Up is actually quite pleasant.
However, those bright spots don't last for long enough. If ever there was one song to sum up this album, it would be Trouble. Not only an annoying pop song by the otherwise anonymous Shampoo from the 90s, the title sums up the telling off a record company executive will be getting after this.
"I have seen this movie and I think it is really good! I think the duet between Rupert Everett and Colin Firth is so funny. I love Colin Firth, he is my favourite actor and I especially love Bridget Jones. I've watched it millions of times!" - Kate Webster
"I think it's wicked. I have seen the movie and want to see it again. I just got the new st trinians cd, it's so good. Listening to it now while typing and I want to know when it's gonna be out on dvd - hope it's soon! Can't wait, so excited." - Rachel Crabtree