Saturday, February 05, 2005

Great Soundtracks To Awful Movies Part 2 - High School High

The completely forgettable High School High, starring Jon Lovitz as a goofy principal, has left such a lasting impression that I can't even remember the plot, let alone the gags. There may have been a couple of funny moments, but I can recall being bored shitless for most of it. The album was far more satisfying, as it featured about a million different groups - everyone from A Tribe Called Quest to Quad City DJ's. The standout is the genius combination of Large Professor and Pete Rock, who share mic and production duties on the incredible "Rap World", with a little help from Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "In The World". I could listen to this shit all fuckin' day. Real Live deliver a song that sums up their whole album - great beats, weak raps (sorry Larry-O, you just weren't cutting it), but any track that uses Barry White's "Strange Games and Things" (aka EPMD's "Manslaughter") wins. The rest of the soundtrack was a mixed bag of throw-away's from Tribe and KRS, decent contributions from The Artifacts, Sadat X & Grand Puba, De La Soul and Inspektah Deck and some trash R&B.

Large Professor & Pete Rock- "The Rap World" (High School High Soundtrack, Big Beat, 1996)

Real Live - "Get Down For Mine" (High School High Soundtrack, Big Beat, 1996)