Josie And The Pussycats

Revisiting The Soundtrack 20 Years Later:

"There was a certain point during the production where we looked at the dailies and I had that moment of panic like, Oh, fuck. We're making a cult movie. I can see what's happening." [...]

The movie could have been just a sidelong slap at youth culture by people from a previous generation, but it never made the lazy mistake of asserting that pop music was bad. The artists were unwitting victims of the scam, just like their fans. On a similar line, how many songs by a fake movie band do you think you actually need to come up with for the movie? Two, maybe three? How about eight, plus two well-chosen covers and a re-recording of the TV cartoon show's theme song, written, produced, and performed by some of the most talented players in alternative pop? [...]

The songs were collectively written by alt-indie power pop all-stars, including the late Adam Schlesinger of Fountains Of Wayne, Matthew Sweet, Jason Falkner of Jellyfish, Dave Gibbs and Steve Hurley of Gigolo Aunts, Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go's, Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, Anna Waronker of that dog., and Kay Hanley and Michael Eisenstein of Letters To Cleo, with Hanley serving as the voice of Josie.

Can confirm: the movie is pretty good; the soundtrack is impeccable.

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2 Responses:

  1. Pronoiac says:

    An entertainment journalist is in the process of writing an unofficial oral history for Josie and the Pussycats, and the fundraiser (with some swag from the sets!) is open for another couple of weeks.

  2. Ridley Kemp says:

    Movie's a lot like the soundtrack. When you're casting Alan Cumming and Parker Posey, you're going to get a cult hit no matter what movie you thought you were making. Maybe it's because I saw it the same day I saw the bad Crossroads (the one without Steve Vai), I always thought this was a pretty solid (and mismarketed) film. Oh, and Kay Hanley's gonna have a pretty great autobiography when she gets around to writing it, huh?

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