A Mighty Wind: The Album Soundtrack
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Now to the album. I saw the film and was immediatly taken by the great songwriting and remarkable performances of the cast. All the principles sing and play their instruments. No overdubs or studio standins. It is expected that Spinal Tap aka The Folksmen are no strangers to music and their renditions of "Never Did No Wanderin" and "Blood on the Coal" are true to the folk roots and hit home with a tongue in cheek authenticity. The New Mainstreet Singers are a saccharine sweet parody of the New Christy Minstrels and the Rooftop Singers. They perform goofy over the top campfire singalongs like "The Good Book Song" and "Potato's in the Paddywagon" with great hooks and harmonies. However, Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara steal the show and the album with some truly beautiful and touching duets. As the long estranged former husband and wife team of Mitch and Mickey, they convey catchy and genre perfect interpretions of the coffee house style like "When Your Next To Me" and "The Ballad of Bobby and June" and are taken right from the pages of the best duos of the 60's. The absolute highlight is the wonderful and affectionate "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" It is arguably the films climactic moment as well as a true folk song for the ages. I can't overstate the quality of the performances of Levy and O'Hara. I demand a Mitch and Mickey album. This soundtrack is a gem.
Take the lyrics of the Folksmen's (led by Harry Shearer) big hit, "Old Joe's Place":
Well, there's a puppy in the parlor
And a skillet on the stove
And a smelly old blanket
that a Navajo wove
There's sausage in the morning
And a party every night
There's a nurse on duty
If you don't feel right
And, of course, since the neon sign at the diner is always broken, the chorus says:
"So if you've got a hankerin, I'll tell you where to go.
Just look for the busted neon sign that flashes 'Ea-a-oe's'."
The CD has bonus tracks that weren't in the movie (among them, a funny Folksmen version of a Stones classic "Start Me Up") and if you put it in your computer, you can see a music video of Mitch and Mickey's "When You're Standing Next to Me" that sounds like the version that plays over the end credits of the movie.
As an interesting note, this bogus folk group, The Folksmen, actually performs, and in an ironic twist, once opened for Harry Shearer's OTHER parody music group, the heavy metal band Spinal Tap (containing the very same people), but were booed off the stage by fans who thought they were real and who wanted Spinal Tap. As Harry Shearer puts it "We were booed off the stage in favor of...OURSELVES!"
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This album is a lot of fun to listen to! It has all my favorite catchy songs from the movie.Published 26 days ago by Derek Riddle
My mom grew up in the 60's and I grew up listening to folk music, in addition my first stepfather was a folk musician. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kristi C.
Great soundtrack. I loved the movie, too which respectfully made fun of the folk music I loved growing up in the sixties. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lynne B.
but I can't stop playing this album. The musicianship is top notch and the songs have so much replay ability. Highly recommend.Published 6 months ago by uendibegin
Wore out my first copy. Bought this as a replacement i still love it.Published 6 months ago by PAMS
Wonderful mockumentary on the folk musicians of the 1960s. You'll recognize your favorites if you were growing up in that era. The commentary is really informative. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marita L. Anderson