Hot Fuzz - Music From the Motion Picture
You certainly can't deny the fact that Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have pretty large record collections. Music has been an integral part of all their projects to date - almost as important a part of Spaced as the comedy and homage’s, and a secret weapon to the success of Shaun of the Dead. They have made it now impossible to listen to Don't Stop Me Now without imagining someone beating the crap out of a zombie with a pool cue, or Prefab Sprout without thinking of a rubbish party. Their previous soundtrack albums have been pretty good as well - the Spaced collection sending Fantastic Plastic Machine to a wider audience (S'ill Vous Plait in particular being a wonderful track I otherwise would have missed), and the great Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp from Mercury Rev. And as for Shaun - well, any album that features Man Parrish and Goblin's The Gonk is fine by me.
So it will come as no surprise to hear that this is also an excellent collection of songs, a well-balanced blend crammed with dialogue and clips from the film adding the flavour. It spans the decades, the 80's giving us Adam Ant with his thumping Goody Two Shoes, and XTC with their infectious Sgt Rock. The sleepy atmosphere of country town Sandford is perfectly conjured in the classic Village Green Preservation Society, whilst the glam bands of the 70's also get a look in with The Sweet and T. Rex.
Highlights from the past include the frankly extraordinary drumming skills of Cozy Powell on Dance With The Devil, and the rarely heard Slippery Rock 70's from Stavely Makepeace, with its ramshackle beat and wonky piano. More contemporary sounds can be heard from The Fratellis, who supply two songs, and the ever-brilliant Jon Spencer, who blasts his way through Here Comes The Fuzz, especially written for this collection. The highlight though is the exhilarating SoulJacker Pt.1 from Eels, an action packed piece of music guaranteed to get the pulse raising.
David Arnold's score for the film is also present, and is pretty good stuff - at times rather formulaic, but often dramatic and strangely moving. The dialogue clips are an annoyance, though at times amusing as they attempt to follow the narrative of the film. Whilst other movie collections are mostly rather pedestrian affairs, this is an album that has the feel of an old fashioned compilation tape put together for you by some mates - they want to please you with something familiar, and also dazzle you with something new - which they achieve here on both levels.