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Dick: The Unmaking Of The President Soundtrack


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The first time around, the '70s weren't considered such a great decade. But there's nothing that a little time and revisionism can't cure. So, here we have a comedy about how two young, clueless girls (Michelle Williams, Kirsten Dunst) alter the Nixon presidency and history forever. In the process, the soundtrack is able to revive the candy-striped soul of the Jackson 5 ("ABC"), several one-hit wonders (Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love," Hot Butter's "Popcorn," Stories' "Brother Louie"), and the hits of established artists (Elton John's "Crocodile Rock," Carly Simon's "You're So Vain"), all in the name of old-fashioned entertainment. And just as that leisure suit looks silly and quaint, so too these hits have a certain goofy charm. Perfect for a disco ball. The only disappointment is Sixpence None the Richer's remake of ABBA's "Dancing Queen." There's no need for an uninspired cover when the original would do. --Rob O'Connor

1. Dancing Queen - Sixpence None The Richer
2. ABC - Jackson 5
3. Crocodile Rock - Elton John
4. Lady Marmalade - LaBelle
5. Rock On - David Essex
6. Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede
7. Popcorn - Hot Butter
8. Rock Your Baby - George McCrae
9. Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra
10. Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
11. The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk Railroad
12. Come And Get Your Love - Redbone
13. Coconut - Harry Nilsson
14. Brother Louie - Stories
15. You're So Vain - Carly Simon

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 27, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: July 27, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000JMWY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Easterbrook on January 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
What a glorious piece of cheese this is! A couple of years ago I was one of those people who detested '70s pop, mostly because everyone else did. When I actually heard some of the stuff, courtesy of the soundtracks from "Boogie Nights" and "54," I quickly reversed my decision. While those two discs dealt more with the disco/club scene side of the '70s, the soundtrack for "Dick" is a glorious look back at the teenybopper hits of yesteryear.
Looking at the tracks, you may be thinking, "David Essex, Blue Swede, Grand Funk Railroad? Who the heck are they?" Well, they were the Ricky Martins, Britney Spears, and N-SYNC of their generation. They didn't get any respect then, just as our teen idols don't get any respect now. Whether or not they deserve respect is a moot point; fact is, then (as now) the stuff is damn easy on the ears.
Try getting through the "Dick" CD without cracking a smile, tapping your toes, or humming along: I dare you. Can't do it, can ya!
:o)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jharrison@apa.org on August 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you want to call pop music from the '70s cheesy, that's fine. However, the candy-coated, escapist quality of the music was designed to help people forget all of the turbulence of the 60s. Maybe that's what Dylan is touching on by accusing the music of being unrealistic. Fortunately, most of the songs on this album do have an infectious hook and are what I would call a guilty pleasure. The best example would be ABBA's original version of "Dancing Queen." Why Six Pence None the Richer or any group felt there was a need for a revision is beyond me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Dick is an extremely funny movie that lampoons President Nixon and the Watergate scandal. Part of the film's charm is its excellent soundtrack that captures the feel of 70's AM radio. Just like Top 40 stations, you get a little bit of everything from the early disco sounds of George McRae's "Rock Your Baby" and Love Unlimited Orchestra's "Love's Theme, to the bubblegum soul of the Jackson 5's "ABC" to the funky soul of LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade" and Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff" to the rock of Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" and Grand Funk Railroad's "The Loco-Motion". There's a plethora of great one hit wonders like The Stories' "Brother Louie", David Essex's "Rock On", Redbone's "Come & Get Your Love" and Hot Butter's quirky instrumental "Popcorn". The only clunker is a poor remake of "Dancing Queen" by Sixpence None The Richer which strips away the big sound of Abba's original.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Holly L. Morgan on December 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have read some of the online reviews, and I disagree. This soundtrack has chosen some great 70's songs. I think it is well worth the money to buy this great soundtrack to a great movie.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Roxie on December 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you don't like snap your fingers, feel good tunes, that's fine. The music on this CD doesn't try to be anything but songs representative of the movie's era. Fun, upbeat and 70's. Don't try to make a social commentary about a soundtrack! If you like 70's music, you'll love this CD. Relax and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin on December 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's impossible not to dance in your car when you listen to this. It features some of the brightest, most upbeat pop music of the '70s, and each track is so much of a favorite that you can play the whole CD without using the forward button on your CD player once.
Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade, The Jackson 5's "ABC."
It was like getting to listen to my mom's record collection again. What a nostalgia trip!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JET VINE VOICE on May 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I put this soundtrack on whenever I want a pick-me-up or when I'm doing something tiresome like getting dressed in the morning or cleaning. It has dancy tunes, like "Dancing Queen," but also great classics such as Carly Simon's "You're So Vain." If you enjoyed and appreciated the movie, you'll appreciate the soundtrack.
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Hey folks, the movie included two versions of Dancing Queen. OK, only Sixpence's is here. Well, I never forgave The Smiths for their cut on the "Easy Rider" soundtrack either. I had to wait decades for the Band's proper version to appear on CD. And I never forgave Marni Nixon for singing all of Julie Andrews' parts on the original "Mary Poppins" record.

This soundtrack doesn't include the actors singing "Hello Dolly" or "I Honestly Love You." And it doesn't include songs by Yes, Bread and Timmy Thomas (Why Can't We Live Together). "Dancing Queen" is an anomaly, as it wasn't released until '76 although the events here stretch from summer 1972 to summer 1974. And "Marmalade" wasn't released until Christmas '74. Yet we don't care. We're too busy enjoying them.

The movie "Almost Famous" takes place at the same time and with a great soundtrack but with no duplication. The songs on Dick's compilation were all top hits, although most are rarely heard today. I know. I been.
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