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Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters Colon The Soundtrack
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Non-fans of the show would be hard-pressed to recognize a single band on here (with the possible exception of Andrew W.K.), and fans are likely to recognize Schooly D and MC Chris but little else. That doesn't necessarily hurt the album though, since the soundtrack serves roughly the same excuse as the film itself - an excuse for the show's creators and their friends to fuck around for a couple of hours. Contained herein one will find as much metal-wanking as one could find in a "NWOBHM Class of 1982 reunion tour", a couple of dreadfully-conceived ballads by Master Shake, and the hysterical "Cut You With ALinoleum Knife" that formed the funniest part of the movie.

The film itself was bizarre and pointless, much like the show, but wasn't quite as tightly-written as the 15-minute episodes that it was based upon. It really wasn't supposed to be about anything in particular though, and I suppose it delivered on that promise. Each episode was conceived like a deliberate joke that cuts out with a punchline delivered in place of any kind of plot resolution that seems irrelevant by the time 14:59 rolls up, but the film has difficulty sustaining momentum over roughly an hour and a half. The soundtrack is a collection of oddities and fan-related gems like a re-mix of the ATHF theme song, and MC Chris' ever-popular "I Want Candy" from the episode that first introduced viewers to MC Pee Pants. Some of the skits that serve as interludes between songs echo the apathy that I felt regarding preceding tracks, particularly the monotonously repetitive "Blam Blam" that is a rap/hip-hop song that seems to never end. I've never listened to the whole thing without skipping, so I wouldn't be surprised if they've somehow set the CD to infinitely recurse on itself in a trick similar to the "Play All" practical joke levied on the 4th Season DVD for the TV show. If someone has successfully listened to "Blam Blam" all the way through, be sure and let me know since I won't be testing that theory myself. Also contained within the album are two homages to characters Meatwad and Carl Brutananadilewski, that are average fare, with Meatwad's titled "More To Me Than Meat And Eyes", an obvious pun on the old Transformers tagline, "More than meets the eyes."

In the end, this serves as not much more than a novelty item for serious fans of the show, seemingly released because an executive told them that their movie needed to have a soundtrack released for it, which served as an excuse for more screwing around. Boris Vallejo fans will appreciate the cover art for the album. (AMG compared the artwork to Frazetta, but the lighting, detail, foreground positioning, background and posing are all wrong. Frazetta ripped out low-detail, yet dynamic and exciting artwork that flowed straight from the artist's prodigiously talented mind directly onto canvas. Vallejo has meticulously delivered uninspired, posed studio crap for years, and is probably the most overrated fantasy artist, ever.)

-JD


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