Artists - Baseketball
There Was South Park, There Was Baseketball!
Yes, I said BEFORE
South Park. Baseketball, starring them wacky creators
of South Park - Trey Parker and Matt Stone, was actually filmed
before South Park was ever shown on Comedy Central.
The movie release was delayed a bit due to problems with other
release dates. However, we are a MUSIC site, so enough
about the movie, on the the soundtrack.
is of about the same quality as most other soundtracks.
While there are a few great tracks on here, there are a few
bad tracks as well. This is very common with soundtracks,
with their attempt to encompass a variety of styles and artists.
BASEketball suffers from this same soundtrack syndrome.
The album starts
out with what I consider one of the best songs on the album.
Despite the fact that any hard-core ska fan will tell you
Reel Big Fish is nothing but a bunch of sellouts, it has nothing
to do with the quality of their music. On this first
track, Reel Big Fish (one of today's hottest ska bands) covers
the 80's A-Ha hit "Take On Me". (You may
remember the original video as the one done with all black
and white line drawings and sketches). I love the original
version of this song, and I thought redoing it would be next
to heresy. I can be wrong sometimes though. RBF
does a pretty good job covering it, and their horn chords
do a great job in taking the place of the synthesizers used
in the original.
The album continues
with a "Don't Hate Me (Because I'm Beautiful)" by
Nerf Herder. This song is an interesting mix of different
genres, with a ska sound over what sounds almost like Phantom
of the Opera. Deep Blue Something contributes the next
track. This is the first I heard of them since their
hit "Breakfast at Tiffany's" a few years back.
The album continues with a few mediocre offerings by Supersuckers,
Plastiscene, and Soul Asylum. The Soul Asylum track
is "I Will Still Be Laughing" and is their first
radio single in a few years.
Next we get to
another of my favorite tracks. Cherry Poppin' Daddies
offers up some calypso with "Jump in the Line (Shake
Shake Senora)" - a previously unreleased cover of the
Harry Belafonte song. Fans of the movie Beetlejuice
will recognize this song immediately, and the cover is VERY
close to the original. Even though I am personally getting
sick of Cherry Poppin' Daddies, I can't deny that they are
pretty damn good.
The rest of the
album is nothing too exciting. The Ernies have a pretty
cool track, I might actually look for a CD of theirs after
hearing this track. It encompasses a reggae singing
style over a deep bassline and drum beat. "Motivate"
by The Ernies has some cool vinyl scratching, with a laid
back ska feel - leading to a style similar to that of Sublime.
Reel Big Fish offer up another track, this time it
is "Beer". This song was previously released
on their album "Turn the Radio Off" (1996 Mojo Records).
Goldfinger's track is pretty good, about the same quality
as all the rest of their music. The Dickies do "Nobody
But Me" - a cover of the 60s song of the same name, just
punked up (I like it a lot). Smashmouth closes out the
album with their version of "Why Can't We Be Friends"
- a cover of the 70s song of the same name. This song
can also be found on their 1997 release.
All in all, this
album is pretty good. An average rating is a 2.5, so
this receives a bit higher with a 3.5. It has a lot
of popular artists and some that are not so well-known.
None of the songs on here totally sucks, which is always a
plus. If you are a fan of pop music, this album may
be suited towards your tastes, especially if you like a ska/pop