47348-2 Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me:
Music From The Motion Picture
Soundtrack produced by Danny Bramson & Guy Oseary
Released on June 1, 999
US CHART POSITION #5 . . . PLATINUM RECORD
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T he followup to the first Austin attracted a predictably high-profile list of musicians who wanted in on the action figure: Madonna, R.E.M. Lenny Kravitz, Green Day and Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello. The highlight is Madonna’s Grammy-winning “Beautiful Stranger,” a brilliant bit of modern psychedelic sunshine that reflects her recent Ray of Light. R.E.M.’s razor-straight reading of Tommy James’ “Draggin’ the Line” is another keeper. Draggin’ it down are disappointing covers from Melanie G. (a/k/a Scary Spice, a/k/a That Salesperson at Marks & Spencer Who Looks Just Like the Black Spice Girl) and Lenny Kravitz, plus a completely unnecessary instrumental from Green Day. As for Myers’ turn at the mic, “Just The Two of Us,” it’s as funny as the movie (secret decoder ring translation: not that funny). The idea of having artists either re-spin psychedelic classics (The Zombies’ “Time of the Season”) or create their own (The Flaming Lips) is a good one; too bad only Madonna meets the challenge halfway. “Buggin’” has all the earwigmarks of an outtake and the unholy alliance of Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello must surely be one of the signs of the Apocalypse. As for the people who praise Elvis as an interpretive singer, stop encouraging him lest we face the collective terror of Christmas With Elvis Costello some day soon. A few points of minor interest: Costello and Bacharach both made a cameo in the film, Mike Myers “starred” in Madonna’s video for “Beautiful Stranger,” and “Time of the Season” marks the only appearance of the quickly cancelled Big Blue Missile.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. Madonna: BEAUTIFUL STRANGER    (Madonna/William Orbit)    4:21
  2. The Who: MY GENERATION (LIVE FROM THE BBC)    (Pete Townshend)    3:24
  3. R.E.M.: DRAGGIN' THE LINE    (Robert L. King/Thomas Gregory Jackson)    4:27
  4. Lenny Kravitz: AMERICAN WOMAN    (Randy Bachman/Burton Cummings/Jim Kale/Gary Peterson)    4:20
  5. Melanie G (aka Scary Spice): WORD UP    (Larry Blackmon/Tomi Jenkins)    3:39
  6. Dr. Evil: JUST THE TWO OF US    (Ralph MacDonald/William Salter/Bill Withers/Robin Ruzan)    1:43
  7. Green Day: ESPIONAGE    (Green Day)    3:23
  8. Big Blue Missile (With Scott Weiland): TIME OF THE SEASON    (Rod Argent)    3:25
  9. The Flaming Lips: BUGGIN'    (The Flaming Lips)    3:17
  10. The Lucy Nation: ALRIGHT    (Anna Nystrom/Andy Cousin)    3:58
  11. Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello: I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN    (Burt Bacharach/Hal David)    3:20
  12. Quincy Jones and His Orchestra: SOUL BOSSA NOVA (DIM'S SPACE-A-NOVA)    (Quincy Jones)    3:07

CREDITS

Burt Bacharach -- producer (11)
Elvis Costello -- producer (11)
The Flaming Lips -- producer (9)
Green Day -- producer (7)
Lenny Kravitz -- producer (4)
The Lucy Nation -- producer (10)
Madonna -- producer (1)
William Orbit -- producer (1)
R.E.M. -- producer (3)
The Who --
Scott Weiland -- producer (8)
Marius De Vries -- producer (10)
Dave Fridmann -- producer (9)
Doug Grean -- additional production (8)
Hyperfreez -- additional production (8)
Pat McCarthy -- producer (3)
Peter Mokran -- additional production and mix (9)
Sauce -- producer (6)
Still James -- additional production (8)
Timbaland -- producer (5)
Mike Myers -- soundtrack executive producer
Bill Appleberry -- remix (6)
Andy Bradfield -- additional engineering (5)
Rob Cavallo -- producer (7)
Dimitri from Paris -- remix (12)
Jimmy Douglass -- engineer and mixing (5)
John Houlihan -- music supervisor, remix (6)
Chris Lord-Alge -- remix (7,10)
EJ Camp -- photography
Mark Fellman -- photography
Kimberly Wright -- photography
Kevin Reagan -- art direction, design
Stefan G. Bucher -- design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US June 1, 1999 Maverick CD 47348-2  

 

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