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Last September, the cool peoples over at American Laundromat Records released a very deserving tribute album for the Repo Man soundtrack. I have had this album since it was dropped and will admit that I do not listen to it enough. Hell, I remember when I got the original soundtrack on cassette at Record Revolution on Coventry when I was a kid. Needless to say, I am very well versed in this soundtrack.
For anyone who remembers the classic 1984 Alan Cox 80s punk cult sic-fi movie, many can agree that the soundtrack that backed up that movie was just amazing. Having created a tribute album for this iconic soundtrack was just a brilliant idea by American Laundromat Records.
I know I have spoken on this release in the past, but it deserves a repeat mention. I love the Those Darlins cover of Iggy Pop’s “Repo Man” (shocking, I know). I probably should also mention that Polar Bear Club does a spot on job with Black Flag’s “TV Party” too. I was very impressed to see Black Francis and Mike Watt each get to take a stab at some classic cuts later on during the release.
I can’t say I dug all of the covers, but overall the tribute is just as entertaining as the original soundtrack. Perhaps I just can’t shake the idea of having someone cover the Circle Jerks.
Overall, this tribute to a classic soundtrack I feel has been slept on by many. If you remember how great the original release was, I really think you should give the tribute a try. Classic tracks by modern bands never sounded so good, and now I really have a hankering to watch the movie. I hope to hell that no one ever tries to re-create that gem.
American Laundromat Records is also carrying the Criterion Collection of Repo Man on Blu-Ray. I really really really really want this in my collection (hint, hint).
- Repo Man – Those Darlins
- TV Party – Polar Bear Club
- Institutionalized – Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
- Coup D’Etat – New York Rivals
- El Clavo Y La Cruz – Black Francis & Spanish for Hitchhiking
- Pablo Picasso – The Tellers
- Let’s Have A War – Mike Watt & The Secondmen
- When The Shit Hits The Fan – The Suicide Dolls
- Hombre Secreto – Matthew Sweet
- Bad Man – Moses Coltrane
- Reel Ten – Weekend