|Various Artists - "Scooby-Doo" Soundtrack|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by Dan Macintosh|
|Tuesday, 04 June 2002|
Lava/Atlantic Records, 2002
| Performance 8 | Sound 8 |
"Scooby-Doo" was one of the most panned movies of the summer, and rightly so: this wasn't a good idea for a major feature film in the first place. Furthermore, those old original Saturday morning cartoons that inspired this box office dog are as annoying today as they were back then. But the dog-breath-stinky legacy of “Scooby-Doo” probably makes the artistic success of this soundtrack sound even sweeter. Who says you can’t teach old dogs any new tricks?
The best news of all is how almost every one of these tracks sounds to have been inspired by the film, instead of some marketing man’s dollar sign visions. A few tracks even offer unique takes on the original "Scooby-Doo" theme song. MXPX, for example, punks it up, whereas Shaggy (obviously) focuses on the character Shaggy, since it gives him a chance to insert his own stage name into "Shaggy, Where Are You." Solange (with Murphy Lee) plays with the tune’s original melody and lyrics by rearranging it with a little Destiny’s Child girl group action.
Elsewhere, it's easy to see how content connects tracks to the film. Uncle Kracker teams with Busta Rhymes for the ghoulish "Freaks Come Out At Night," the Allstars get spooky -- and quite Britney – with "Bump In The Night" and Little T And One Track Mike set up the plot line for every single Scooby episode with "It's A Mystery."
Some of these selections are just plain weird, such as the tribal "Land Of A Million Drums" by Outkast (featuring Killer Mike & Sleepy Brown). It's just off-center enough to make Screamin' Jay Hawkins roll with delight in his coffin. This track is mostly comprised of drums out front, and chanted vocals in the back. "Man With The Hex" travels similar lyrical territory, only it’s done with more of a rockabilly/swing feel.
Not everything here has a skinny boy and his always-hungry dog in mind. Sugar Ray can be heard here singing the single, "Words To Me," which is neither canine nor frightening. Then there's the disco dance of Kylie Minogue's "Wherever You Feel Like It," which, while ear-popping, didn't even find a place in the film. This track was tacked on just to capitalize on Minogue’s current popularity. Lil’Romeo (featuring Master P) turns The Commodores’ “Brick House” into “Lil’Romeo’s B House,” but this little fry doesn’t quite measure up to the task of praising a girl’s shapeliness. It clearly isn’t Disney-ready stuff, moms and dads.
In the final analysis, this soundtrack to a movie dog easily earns its Scooby snacks.