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The soundtrack to the 1999 film “Go” is a mixed bag, if I am to tell the truth here. The movie was fantastic 90’s fun, and I feel the soundtrack did the movie justice. Filled with 14 tracks from a myriad of artists, running the gamut to techno (BT’s “Believer”), to ska-pop (No Doubt’s “New”), to trippy ethereal tracks like Esthero’s “Song For Holly”. The soundtrack is an amalgamated ode to the insane times that the 90’s surely were.

…it really did feel like I was basking in the glow of the sun, even though it was 28 degrees, raining, and dreary.

Elsewhere on the soundtrack, you have your one hit wonders, like Len and their ultra fun pop-tart endless summer track, “Steal My Sunshine”. Okay, confession time: I never minded the song. Every time I heard it, it really did feel like I was basking in the glow of the sun, even though it was 28 degrees, raining, and dreary. The soundtrack does have its definite losers on here. Example: Phillip Steir’s Gawd-awful remix of Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride”. What a truly shitty attempt to take a kick ass classic song and make it electronic and updated. Major fail.

What can one say about the track, except that it was so Fatboy Slim.

Let me take you back now. It’s 1999 and there was a genre of music that was just exploding all over the place. That genre? Big Beat. Who was at the forefront of such a revolution? One name: Norman Cook. Who? You know him as Fatboy Slim. Remember him? Well, by the time “Go” was released to the public, Fatboy Slim’s popularity had already skyrocketed to the stratosphere on the back of his 1998 album, “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby”. From that album, there were two major singles to come out that would help propel Mr. Cook to said stratosphere: “The Rockerfeller Skank” and “Praise You”. His contribution to the “Go” soundtrack was a song titled “Gangster Trippin’”. What can one say about the track, except that it was so Fatboy Slim. Big Beat certainly pigeon held itself to a particular style, and everything that came out of it all sounded repetitively similar.

Confession #2: I hate the cha-cha dance and what’s more? I hate every single song that’s come out based on the dance.

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You know how sometimes you’ll hear something from your youth, and it still sounds like the era it came out of? (and not that that’s a bad thing.) DJ Rap’s “Good To Be Alive” is such a track. The song sounds sooooo dated. It sounds so fucking 90’s era, but it’s alright because, for someone like me, that’s my era. I’m a Gen-X’er and damn proud of it, so I don’t mind that “Good To Be Alive” was included on the “Go” soundtrack because it has an eternally happy home there.

Confession #2: I loathe the fucking cha-cha dance. I hate the cha-cha dance and what’s more? I hate every single song that’s come out based on the dance. “Cha Cha Cha” by Jimmy Luxury & The Tommy Rome Orchestra is not the exception. It’s the fucking rule. As if “Go” wasn’t twisted enough, you’ll find that little shitty ditty on the soundtrack as well.

Trip hop was a big component to this soundtrack, which is fine with me. I love Trip hop. If you’re fans of trip hop, revert back to your 90’s selves and turn up the track, “To All the Lovely Ladies” by Goldo. It’s such a chill track, that one could see themselves with a nice, cold one while swaying this way and that to the track. It’s the vocal. It’s the fucking vocal in the song that does it for me. Believe me, if you don’t remember the song, have a listen and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Whatever. It was an alright song, but at the time, people lost their fucking minds over it.

Of course, we can’t finish this piece without mentioning No Doubt’s contribution to the soundtrack. The song that opens up the soundtrack, “New”. There I mentioned it. At the time the soundtrack was released, it was the first new song that No Doubt had released since their massive 1996 album, Tragic Kingdom, and we all remember what a fucking monster that album was, right? So I guess it was a big deal when No Doubt, one of the biggest bands to come out of the 90’s, chose to release a new song on the “Go” soundtrack. Doing so elevated the hype of the soundtrack somehow. Whatever. It was an alright song, but at the time, people lost their fucking minds over it.

We’ve come to the point of the article where we ask ourselves, “Is this soundtrack worth your hard earned cash?” If you were born in 1999, then no, who gives a shit? But if you’re like me, and the songs on here represent your adolescence, I would say, buy, buy, buy, reminisce away, enjoy. You can pick up the soundtrack here. Oh, and because it was such a fun movie, you can pick that up here too. If you’re a Blu Ray person, we have the link for the Blu Ray.

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