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Napoleon Dynamite Soundtrack

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The 'friggin' hottest indie film of summer 04'. Music from the 'cult' hit of the summer 'Napoleon Dynamite' featuring original score by John Swihart, songs from the film & your favorite 'laugh out loud' classic Napoleon dialogue! Sweet!

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In a promising filmmaking debut, young BYU grad Jared Hess informs this indie tale of an aggressively nerdy backwater teen's foibles with the bittersweet dimensions of the director's own small-town upbringing, making it the dry comic hit of Sundance. Its soundtrack picks up on that earnest awkwardness via dollops of '80s new wave, both underexposed (Yaz's "Only You", Alphaville's "Forever Young") and otherwise (Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy," a faithful cover of "Time After Time" by Sparklemotion), as well as moodier contemporary cuts by Rogue Wave (a live take on "Every Moment"), Figurine in full synth-pop revivalist mode, and the nuevo-soul of Jamiroquai and Money Mark. Interspersed with a generous sampling of dialogue snippets, John Swihart's shrewd, intimate underscore runs the gamut from "The A-Team Theme" to geek-friendly exotica and nervous cocktail jazz, stitching the score's disparate parts into a memorably quirky whole. --Jerry McCulley

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: August 27, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002XL1WG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By T. Parry on January 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I would have given this 5 stars, but there were some songs missing I had to go track down--freakin idiots! :)

1. So Tuff, So Ruff - Zapp & Rogers (Pedro's Cousins bump music going to the dance)

2. More Bounce to the Ounce - Zapp & Rogers (Pedro's Cousins music when kid's bike getting borrowed)

3. The Rose - Amanda McBroom (Helping Hands song)

4. Larger Than Life - Backstreet Boys (Summer's skit)

5. Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper (different version than on CD)

6. Music For A Found Harmonium - Penguin Cafe Orchestra

7. We're Going to be Friends - The White Stripes
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Bryan E. Leed on August 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a "must have" item for any NAPOLEON DYNAMITE fan. It is the only place to get the fun, cheezy organ music that is played throughout the film. There are also plenty of little sound bites of dialogue from the film. Unfortunately, there are some major songs that did NOT make it onto this CD, so you will have to get those tunes separately.

I tried to gather them up, based on the end credits from the DVD listing. The missing songs are:

* "We're Going to be Friends" by the White Stripes, on their album "White Blood Cells." This song is played during the opening credits, written in food.

* "The Rose" by Bette Midler, I got from her Greatest Hits CD. It is also on the soundtrack for the old movie "The Rose," but that version has some audience applause in the background, at the very beginning of the song. In Napoleon, it is the song that the Happy Hands Club performs in class with Napoleon.

* "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper. I got it from "The Essential Cyndi Lauper." This is played while Napoleon and Deb dance together at the school dance. The Napoleon Soundtrack has this song on the CD, but it is performed by a different artist. The movie credits say it is the Cyndi Lauper version used in the film.

* "Larger Than Life" by the Backstreet Boys, I got from their "The Hits--Chapter One." This is played during Summer Wheatly's skit, onstage with the Happy Hands Club.

* "Music of a Found Harmonium" by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. This is played at the end of the film, as they show how everybody ends up, before Napoleon plays tetherball with Deb. CAUTION: This song appears on many different Penguin Cafe Orchestra CDs, in different versions.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I saw at least two reviews that complained that the song Napoleon dances to is missing. Look at track 31 of the disc (make sure you click on the "See all 42 tracks" link). The songs that were in the movie but are not on the soundtrack are:

We're Going to Be Friends - The White Stripes
The Rose - Bette Midler
Larger Than Life - Backstreet Boys
Music for a Found Harmonium - James Galway & Phil Coulter

All (and I mean ALL) of the other songs from the movie are on the album. Basically, my opinion has already been said. The soundtrack is great because it flows, it's quirky and fun, it's complete, and (most importantly) it contains snippits of the best dialogue in the movie. That said, if you didn't like the movie (...)then you won't like the soundtrack either. For everyone else: Buy it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Brown on February 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Like the film "Napoleon Dynamite," you can totally love this soundtrack from so many different angles. Not only does this movie contain music that will bring you visions of Napoleon bicycling into town with Kip in tow, it also contains soundbytes of the film's most memorable quotes.

The music here is such an enjoyable mix of tunes from the nostalgic pop groups like Bow Wow Wow and Alphaville to the musical score by John Swihart. When I first listened to Swihart's music on this CD, it hit me just how much he contributed to the atmosphere of the film. On top of that, over the past few years I unexpectedly discovered the joys of listening to The Moog Synthesizer music of the 1960s and 70s. Intentional or not, Swihart's music beautifully captures and salutes the spirit of great Moog pioneers like Stan Free, Jean-Jacques Perrey, Gershon Kingsley and, of course, Bob Moog. I am so glad the Moog fad has never faded! My favorite amongst Swihart's tunes arrives on track #29, a pretty & exotic piece called "Nap Store Video."

There are so many great sound bytes from the film, including a hysterical scene that did not make the theatrical cut but found new life on the DVD in the "deleted scenes" department. Amongst other classic lines on the soundtrack include Napoleon's current event report on Nessie, Kip talking about Internet babes and Cage Fighting, and Napoleon telling his classmates about hunting wolverines in Alaska!

At the end of track #42, don't be in a hurry to rip the CD from the player... there is the hidden track afterwards, which is Kip's awesome "technology wedding song!"

Not every tune in the film made it to the soundtrack. While the missing tunes are noticeable, I cannot honestly say the CD is any worse off for it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on October 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a great soundtrack that goes great with the movie (which is probably my favorite movie). It has dialouge which is flippin sweet! The only bad thing is that they didnt have "We are Going to be Friends" by the White Stripes or "Music For a Found Harmonium" by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Other than that, A+ soundtrack! Get it now!
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