Maybe my expectations are too high. But when I get a CD soundtrack in the mail — say, the new Spider-Man 3 soundtrack (thanks, Sony Music!) — I kind of, well, expect the damn songs to be in the movie. Right? But when I went to a Spider-Man 3 screening last week, to my chagrin, it was more like song. The only track the movie wonks used from the soundtrack, for the soundtrack, was Chubby Checker’s 1960 dance-pop sensation, “The Twist.” Which, IMO, is only slightly less lame than yelling “Free Bird” at a concert, or using Zeppelin’s iconic hit “Rock and Roll” in a Cadillac commercial. (Second prize in lameness goes to Snow Patrol and their weepy ballad “Signal Fire,” which played to the closing credits — and to fans fleeing the theater in fear of drowning in waves of treacle.) PopWatchers, I have to admit, I was a bit baffled by this; why would Sony bolster its indie cred by making a soundtrack with hip/hot/happenin’ bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips, the Killers, and Jet if they weren’t even going to use them in the actual movie?
But then I noticed something: the fine print on the CD jacket, which said, ”Music from and inspired by….” And I thought about how bad, black-suited Spidey — in his civvies, Tobey McGuire with an irresponsibly trendy combover and heavy black eyeliner — was, in fact, the emo-embodiment of the music on the soundtrack! Eureka!
Those of you who’ve seen the movie: what do you think of Spidey’sbad-boy image? Has Spidey gone emo? Is there some sort of biggergood-citizen message here that says that emo bands are bad for you?(Personally, I’m inclined to agree.) Are you as picky as I am when itcomes to hearing the music you paid for (or downloaded, yes, I’m awareit’s 2007) in the actual movie? And finally, do you think bad Peter Parker looks more like Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz or Crispin Glover?