Monday, 3 November 2008

Flip Flops and Gerberas

We recently watched this movie:

Which I totally loved every minute of. Smart, funny, quirky. Everything about this movie was cool. The very best part of the whole film though was the Soundtrack. Wow. What an amazing collection of music. I only own a couple of Movie soundtracks, they have to particularly grab me for me to consider buying them. I am still mourning the loss of this one (which I think we left in the last house we lived in in Stoke :( ).

I went on Amazon in search of the Juno soundtrack and stumbled over this review, which totally clinched it for me.

This film, and the soundtrack, are both going to develop a huge, so-cutting-edge-it-bleeds cult following, and I absolutely understand why. Many of the songs on this album are very reminiscent of nursery rhymes - happy and innocent music that makes you smile. Kimya Dawson features heavily... which adds an undercurrent of cynicism to the whole thing, but it's not necessary to get embroiled in all of that. She's an inordinately talented singer/songwriter, and her disdain for this genre of music has resulted in her unintentionally creating something wonderful. Take a pinch of grass-roots folk, add a dash of nursery rhyme simplicity, and this is what you get.

It’s music for girls in vintage summer dresses and plastic sunglasses and flip-flops who stand with their toes pointing inwards and hold a pink gerbera daisy in their left hand.

Tracks that stand out are I'm Sticking With You by Velvet Underground, and Anyone Else But You by The Moldy Peaches, which is Kimya Dawson's band. A lovely added bonus is Ellen Page and Michael Cera's (the two teenage stars of the film) rendition of the latter. It's a lo-fi triumph; adorable and shy and bound to make you grin from ear to ear. I'm Sticking With You is just a beautifully understated track. It continues the nursery rhyme theme with its lilting melody and lovely lyrics: "I'm sticking with you; cos I'm made out of glue/ Anything that you might do, I'm gonna do, too." It's delightful.

Anyone Else But You is much the same in terms of the atmosphere it creates - retro, lazy Summer afternoons holding hands with someone you adore.

The whole album is gentle, with the only "edge" coming from Mot the Hoople's (soft glam rock) All the Young Dudes and Sonic Youth's (almost ambient) Superstar. Both of which are still Summer dreams, but both tracks deviate from the nursery rhyme vibe, and they actually break the album up nicely. The album isn't at all saccharine - as you can tell, how do I love this soundtrack: let me count the ways - but between Kimya Dawson and Belle and Sebastian, having something with a little more kick is like having extra chocolate sprinkles on a really yummy cake.

All in all, I recommend it absolutely. You needn't even watch the film in order to fall in love a little. But flip-flops and gerbera daisies are a necessity.

I was totally sold on the album when I read this. And the reason? Well. I confess that I’m harbouring a secret part of me that still wants to be that girl with the flips flops. The consummate “Indie Chick”. Despite being a total (and I mean total) nerd at school, I was never quite the “cool nerd”. You know the ones I mean, the ones that are quirky and kitschy enough that their nerdy status is somehow cancelled out. It wasn’t for lack of trying, but I suspect that was the problem. Maybe I tried a little too hard and kind of missed the point somewhere along the way? I think you have to inherently be that type of person, or it just doesn’t fit.

Thinking about it, I supposed I’m actually more like that now than I ever was. What with the crafting and the weird tastes in music and movies, but it just doesn’t work when you go to work in an office everyday and have to be a respectable mother of two the rest of the time. I think I’ll have to accept that my flip flop and gerbera moment has passed and give it up as a lost cause. I suppose I could always try the vintage floral dress for next summer?? Maybe?? Or maybe not.

Here’s the soundtrack listing. I thoroughly recommend this, and the movie. Time out of your life well spent I’d say.

1. All I want Is You – Barry Louis Polisar
2. My Rollercoaster - Kimya Dawson
3. A Well Respected Man – The Kinks
4. Dearest – Buddy Holly
5. Up The Spout – Mateo Messina
6. Tire Swing – Kimya Dawson
7. Piazza, New York Catcher – Belle & Sebastian
8. Loose Lips – Kimya Dawson
9. Superstar – Sonic Youth
10. Sleep (Instrumental) – Kimya Dawson
11. Expectations – Belle & Sebastian
12. All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople
13. So Nice So Smart – Kimya Dawson
14. Sea Of Love – Cat Power
15. Tree Hugger – Kimya Dawson and Antsy Pants
16. I’m Sticking With You – Velvet Underground
17. Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches
18. Vampire – Antsy Pants
19. Anyone Else But You – Michael Cera and Ellen Page



April said...

sounds like an excellent selection - anything featuring the Kinks can't be that bad!

BTW, you may have been a nerd at school - but you were still cooler than me!

April xx

Tara said...

(frantically searching for the Reality Bites soundtrack)

If I can find it...shall I drop it in the post for you?

Marmadaisy said...

You know, I rushed out to buy this soundtrack as soon as I saw the movie too!
We always did have great taste :)
I still have my reality bites but it's in Wales, when I it back I'll send it to you xx
PS Beer. Soon.

kim said...

Love that movie. And the music is great.

Lou said...

Just watched this last night; absolutely loved it! x