In assembling the soundtrack for the upcoming irreverent comedy “Not Another Teen Movie,” executive producer and Maverick CEO Guy Oseary said “the main focus was to create a soundtrack that had a timeless appeal… comprised of some of the best songs of the ’80’s performed by some of the most cutting edge musicians of today.” To that end, the Maverick set features such artists as Goldfinger taking on Nena’s “99 Red Luft Balloons,” Saliva tackling the Pretenders’ “Message of Love,” and Marilyn Manson covering of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love.”
“I’ve always been a fan of the song’s awkwardness,” Manson said in a statement of “Tainted Love,” the soundtrack’s first single. “It’s a swingy, up-tempo, almost novelty type of song, but it has a dark electronic sound as well. I wanted to capitalize on that and take the swing element out. I made it very electronic, using rap-beats and a heavy aesthetic to create what I hope will become a strip bar anthem.”
Manson — who explained that he “got involved [with the soundtrack] after I saw the film and laughed my ass off” — co-produced the track with Tim Skold (KMFDM) A supporting video clip was shot by Phillip Atwell, who co-directed Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady” video.
New Order and Depeche Mode each see two songs covered on the soundtrack, due out Dec. 4. DM’s “But Not Tonight” by Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland is included, as is the Smashing Pumpkins’ previously released version of “Never Let Me Down Again” (from 1988’s “For the Masses” tribute album). Orgy’s now well-known take on New Order’s “Blue Monday” (a No. 4 hit on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1999) also appears, as does Stabbing Westward’s version of the band’s “Bizarre Love Triangle.” A cover of the latter song by Frente! reached No. 10 on the Modern Rock chart 1994.
The soundtrack also features Mest’s take on Modern English’s “Melt With You,” Muse’s reworking of the Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” Good Charlotte’s reinterpretation of OMD’s “If You Leave,” and Phantom Planet’s cover of Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby.”
Starring Jamie Pressly and Randy Quaid, “Not Another Teen Movie” is a farce tackling teen film cliches from classics such as “The Breakfast Club” to more recent fare, such as “American Pie.” Set to open Dec. 14 in U.S. theaters, the film was directed by Joel Gallen, whose past directorial work includes television specials for the Dixie Chicks, Mariah Carey, Carlos Santana, and the Backstreet Boys.