VARIOUS ARTISTS Dogtown and Z-Boys soundtrack (Enjoy) Jimi Hendrix, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, and T. Rex provide the music behind the grind.
VARIOUS ARTISTS Off the Hook (Columbia) The NOW folks get jiggy with this collection, featuring B2K, Mystikal, Nas, and Angie Stone.
THE BREEDERS Title TK (4AD/Elektra) Nine years after their Last Splash, the Deal sisters make distortion-laden waves again. And yes, that is the real title.
BRYAN FERRY Frantic (Virgin) The Roxy Music man covers “Don’t Think Twice” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood guests.
ON THE SPOT Cool Songs From Commercials
The Gap recently rolled out three new ads, each directed by a big name; all three come in two versions, which feature different tunes. The Coen brothers show Dennis Hopper playing poolside chess with Christina Ricci to the strains of the BEACH BOYS’ “Hang On to Your Ego” (a bonus track from the remastered Pet Sounds) in one take, and the MARMALADE’s “I See the Rain” (available on Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From the British Empire and Beyond) in the other.
Cameron Crowe’s clip shows Kate Beckinsale and Orlando Bloom walking, then running (presumably to buy new jeans). The Troggs’ “Love is All Around” (on The TROGGS’ Greatest Hits) figures in the first spot, while the EASYBEATS’ “Sorry” (also from Nuggets II) graces the second.
In his commercial, Roman Coppola organizes a bicycle ballet and sets it to the sounds of (1) the LA’s “Feelin’ ” (from the band’s self-titled 1990 album) and (2) the SHINS’ “Whoa, Trish!,” which the band recorded especially for the Gap.