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on 6 March 2000
Since I first saw Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure about six years I've always thought of it as comedy. A funny one, one of the funniest there is in fact, but last night I was listening to the soundtrack when I realised the secret message.
It's a utopian story, the first stage in the old world's transformation to that beautiful futuristic world where everyone loves rock music, even the dirt is clean and everyone is excellent to eachother. The brilliant point is that this perfect society doesn't have to stem from serious politics and that the instigators of paradise are, in every sense of the word, morons.
But surely you're thinking this review belongs in Amazon's new Video & DVD section. Well, the film's soundtrack is quite simply essential to our greater understanding of the film. The nine artists (Shark Island feature twice) are largely unknown, with only Extreme having gone on to subsequent success (they had a UK no2 with `More Than Words` in 1991. However every track stands on on it's own, every one could be a hit single indepedant of the film. There is no filler or orchestral pieces that so mar so many soundtracks.
The first, weaker half consists largely of four minute rock songs with attitude. However Glen Burtnik's mid tempo `Not So Far Away` sets the standard for the brilliance to come. It is side two where things get interesting, kicking of with Big Pig's drum heavy `I Can't Break Away.` It irritates at first but boy, does it grow. Shark Island's `Dangerous` is the finest of the side one style material.
The next two songs are the high point of the album and the main reason why I am going to all this effort. From the moment the guitar kicks in on Bricklin's `Walk Away` you know you are in the presence of greatness. From that opening roar the pace does not slacken one inch and I challenge your goosebumps not to stand up everytime the vocalist cries, `There's no one around.`
Which takes us on to album's moment of genious, Robbie Robb's `In Time`. The message in the chorus is simple, `In time we'll be dancing in the streets of light/ In time yeah everything will be alright`. Not just the message of the film but a sign of hope to everyone in this world, whatever their problems. The melody is also impossibly beautiful. Why oh why wasn't it released as a single? It would have been number 1 for months. Surely it's not too late.
Unfortunately the album ends with a whimper, Power Tool's `Two Heads Are Better Than One` being the slightest track on the album. Still, after Bricklin and Robbie Robb we can forgive them.
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