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Freaks and Geeks

Artist: TV Original Soundtrack (Recorded By)

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Label: Sony Music Distribution (USA)
Album: Freaks and Geeks
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bad Reputation - Joan Jett
2)    Geek Hallway - Michael Andrews
3)    Poor, Poor Pitiful Me - Warren Zevon
4)    Lindsay's Theme - Michael Andrews
5)    Gettin' High - Michael Andrews
6)    Look Sharp! - Joe Jackson
7)    Clem's Theme - Michael Andrews
8)    No Language in Our Lungs - XTC
9)    Lindsay Disturbed Theme - Michael Andrews
10)    Bill Gets Funky (A.K.A. Spacefunk) - Paul Feig
11)    USA Rock - Michael Andrews
12)    Spirit of Radio, The - Rush
13)    Daniel's Theme - Michael Andrews
14)    I'm One - The Who
15)    Porno Music - Michael Andrews
16)    Neal's Lament - Michael Andrews
17)    Groove Line, The - Heatwave
18)    Ken's Ode to Joy - Michael Andrews
19)    Come Sail Away - Styx
20)    End Title Theme - Michael Andrews
21)    Lady L - Jason Segel/Jason Segal
22)    I'm Eighteen - Dave "Gruber" Allen
23)    Jesus Is Just Alright - Jason Segal/Sara Hagan
24)    Up on Cripple Creek - Dave "Gruber" Allen
25)    Dumb as a Crayon - The Leaving Trains

Performer Notes
  • Audio Remasterer: Mike Thomas.
  • Liner Note Authors: Jake Kasdan; David Wild.
  • Music played a pivotal role in Paul Feig and Judd Apatow's cult classic television series Freaks and Geeks, not only underscoring the emotions in each episode but capturing the show's early-'80s setting perfectly. There's a reason why the producers insisted on spending extra money on music licensing to ensure that the original soundtrack was on the DVD release -- stripping the Who's "I'm One" from the scene when Bill watches TV after school by himself or taking XTC's "No Language in Our Lungs" out of the scene where he's picked last for gym class would change the meaning and effect of these sequences; it would be like taking "Layla" out of Goodfellas or "Stuck in the Middle With You" out of Reservoir Dogs. Music licensing was one of the reasons that it took a while for the series to hit DVD, but once it finally was released to great acclaim in the spring of 2004, it took a mere five months for the CD soundtrack to finally appear. Like the DVD set, the CD will not disappoint any fan of the series. At 25 tracks, it's filled with pop songs played on the show, excerpts of Michael Andrews' original score, and songs performed from characters on the show, such as "Lady L," Nick's unforgettable tribute to Lindsay. Of course, not every song from the series could fit on a single disc -- none of the songs from Billy Joel's Glass Houses on Carded and Discarded made the cut, for instance -- but every song of note is here, including the opening theme of Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation," Warren Zevon's "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me," Joe Jackson's "Look Sharp," Rush's "Spirit of the Radio," and Styx's "Come Sail Away." Add to that David Wild's heartfelt liner notes and song-by-song notes by Jeff Rosso (actor Dave (Gruber) Allen), and this turns into a perfect musical yearbook for the show, capturing its spirit, humor, sensibility, and emotion. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 - "A guitar-driven score....[with] goodies by Joan Jett, Warren Zevon, Joe Jackson, XTC, Rush, the Who and Styx..."

Producer:Andrew Jay Cohen; Paul Feig; Judd Apatow
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:1 September, 2004
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Just as the writing on Freaks and Geeks gave you a chance to get into the lives of the high school not so elite, the soundtrack offers up some of the greatest rock tunes from the day, as well as some of the score. If you are a huge fan of 80s music you may already have some of the tracks, but when they get blended with the score, and character's singing of some of the tracks, the total mood is at times intense. Freaks and Geeks original soundtrack plays out well, there are some of the most important artists of the time, not the absolute best works from each artist, but each of the tracks is relevant to the subject matter.

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